# In a street there are five houses, painted five different colors. In each house lives a person of different nationality. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brands of cigar and keep a different pet.

Rusticus 1773 2010/08/20 21:28:27
Related Topics: color, Live, Owner, different
Who owns the fish?

• The British man lives in a red house.
• The Swedish man keeps dogs as pets.
• The Danish man drinks tea.
• The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.
• The owner of the Green house 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 Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
• The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
• The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
• The German smokes Prince.
• The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
• The Blends smoker lives next to the one who drinks water.
You!

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• Izzy 2010/09/06 00:45:11
haha i did this in math one year. Except it was "Who has the Zebra?"
• The Potato Princess 2010/09/03 14:59:22
I got it :D

I think...
• najihah ariffin 2010/09/03 14:23:28
wow..........nice but like a weird..........
• Master najihah... 2010/09/03 14:25:09
Have you tried solving such logic puzzles before?
• najihah... Master 2010/09/05 02:44:36 (edited)
never..do you want to teach me to do like that?
• Master najihah... 2010/09/05 08:03:11
It would take me a very long time to teach you every step over the Internet. I use the grid, and I put a dot to indicate what I know is true, and an X to show what I know is not true. The first clue is "The British man lives in a red house," so I put a dot in the box where the word "British" intersects the word "red." Once I have a dot, I can put X's in the other rows and columns in the same section, because I also know that the British man does not live in the green, white, yellow or blue house. Additionally, I know that the red house is not owned by the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or German man. Understand?

• najihah... Master 2010/09/05 10:23:44
no.but I get your knowledge......that's great
• Master najihah... 2010/09/05 10:39:25
Each man is a different nationality and lives in a different color house.

We know that the British man lives in a red house, so he cannot possibly live in the green, white, yellow or blue house. That is why I put X in the boxes where "British" meets green, white, yellow and blue. A dot means "yes" and X means "no."

We also know that since the red house is owned by the British man, it cannot possibly be owned by the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or German man. That is why I put X in the boxes where "red" meets Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and German.
• najihah... Master 2010/09/05 10:41:10
thanks my dear........
• Master najihah... 2010/09/05 10:49:28
And, if you have 4 X's in the row or column of a certain section, you know that the 5th one must be the dot. That's called "process of elimination." Does it make sense to you now?
• najihah... Master 2010/09/05 14:20:38
ok............
• Master 2010/09/03 12:50:05
I'll share this first, then start working on it. It can be helpful to print this out:

• Master Master 2010/09/03 13:11:44
I've figured out the house colors. :D
• Master Master 2010/09/03 13:57:31
Finished the red house. :D
• Master Master 2010/09/03 13:59:36
And the yellow house. :D
• Master Master 2010/09/03 14:06:33
Blue house. :D
• Master Master 2010/09/03 14:13:37
Solved it. Little more than an hour. XD
• Rusticu... Master 2010/09/05 07:31:00
Who owns the fish?
• Master Rusticu... 2010/09/05 08:14:34
Since it's been a while and apparently nobody else wants to try it, my answers are:

Yellow, Norwegian, Dunhill, water, cats
Blue, Danish, Blends, tea, horses
Red, British, Pall Mall, milk, birds
Green, German, Prince, coffee, fish
White, Swedish, Blue Master, beer, dogs

I might be spending the next six months teaching najihah how I did it. XD
• Rusticu... Master 2010/09/05 07:28:38
I find that a 5 X 5 spreadsheet is much easier to use to solve the riddle: Five columns for the five houses, and five rows for nationality, house color, type of drink, type of cigar, and finally, pets.
• Master Rusticu... 2010/09/05 08:11:27
Yes, but I was lazy to go through the effort of creating one to post, so I found one online that was already set up. ;)