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    On my TARDIScycle! KingTermite's Avatar
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    Einstein's Riddle - Are you in top 2%?

    Yes, you can easily google the answer, but try to figure it out on your own and please don't post the answer if you do. I did it, but it was not a 5 minute effort....I probably played with it a good 45 minutes to solve it. Are you in the 2% of people that Einstein said could solve it?
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    Einstein's Riddle!

    There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.

    The question is: Who owns the fish?

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    * The Brit lives in the red house.
    * The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
    * The Dane drinks tea.
    * The green house is on the left of the white house.
    * The green homeowner drinks coffee.
    * The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
    * The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
    * The man living in the center house drinks milk.
    * The Norwegian lives in the first house.
    * The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
    * The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
    * The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
    * The German smokes prince.
    * The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
    * The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

    Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. Its not hard, you just need to pay attention and be patient.
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    I can't solve it. I tried a few months ago, but ran out of patience. That took far less than 45 minutes, though! That's my ADD kicking in.

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    Senior Member Allen's Avatar
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    Got it.

    Just had to write everything down, a white board helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Got it.

    Just had to write everything down, a white board helped.
    Darn...you're fast. I was using a piece of paper and it probably took me 45 minutes.
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    I've actually seen it before. There are two ways of solving it correctly though. One way if you catch Einstein's little trick, but another that logically works if you don't.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Got it about two years ago.
    Took me about a half an hour.

    I drew out 5 houses and a grid to the side with the nationalities on one side and the drinks across the top.

    Just started checking off and crossing off what did and did not work.

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    There's a huge book filled with puzzles like this...I used to amuse myself on the bus answering those, then I got my DS.
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    Which one smoked beef jerky and raised quail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    There's a huge book filled with puzzles like this...I used to amuse myself on the bus answering those, then I got my DS.
    I have four or five books with similar (and other) type puzzles that I break out during travel and such.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. Its not hard, you just need to pay attention and be patient.
    That still means 120,000,000 people can solve it (give or take a few million).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aprilm View Post
    That still means 120,000,000 people can solve it (give or take a few million).
    Yup.....but they have to work at it. It ain't a free bee.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Which one smoked beef jerky and raised quail?
    The Texan, he lives on the next block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Are you in the 2% of people that Einstein said could solve it?
    perhaps if I was more determined, and hadn't taken 45 minutes of my work day already?

    Working through this answer sheet, I got about half way there, I blew it by putting the Dane in the wrong house, and just messed it all up from there.

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    I'm in like, the bottom 2%.

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    I've got almost half, and that's WITH help.

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    My attention span is far too short to attempt this.
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    Transcendental enumeration.

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    pulease! The real question is who has the indoor hydroponic setup and the best ganja?
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    Tomatoes, yeah, right.

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    Sorry to be pedantic, but unless Einstein used his space-time theories to build an actual time machine, he couldn't have written this logic game in the early 19th Century, since he was born in 1879.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    pulease! The real question is who has the indoor hydroponic setup and the best ganja?
    It's the same person who owns the fish. It's obvious!
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    Is this puzzle supposed to be solved in your head because solving it with paper
    isn't hard, it just takes a little bit of diagramming and effort?

    The LSAT is full of these kinds of puzzles.

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    Got it! ~20 mins unassisted. I feel accomplished. Now back to work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    Is this puzzle supposed to be solved in your head because solving it with paper
    isn't hard, it just takes a little bit of diagramming and effort?

    The LSAT is full of these kinds of puzzles.

    Thanks for reminding me. I hated that part. Lots of dinner party logic games as I recall.
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    son of a *****!

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    Hah! I got it. I used an Excel spreadsheet.

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