Einstein’s Riddle

Are you a problem solver with brainpower and patience?

The following puzzle, a test of logical thinking, was according to legend given its original form by Albert Einstein. He estimated that only two percent of the world’s population can solve it. There are no tricks, all it requires is simple logic and deduction.

In my opinion this is not a particularly difficult puzzle to solve, although it did take me a few minutes. Give it a try and find out if you are a two percenter.

Einstein’s Riddle:

There are 5 houses in five different colours.
In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
These five 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?


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 house’s owner drinks coffee
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill
The man living in the centre house drinks milk
The Norwegian lives in the first house
The man who smokes blends lives next to the one who keeps cats
The man who keeps horses 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 neighbour who drinks water