The Logic Puzzle

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The original Five Houses Logic Puzzle and how to find the Answers


This is the Original ‘Five Houses’ puzzle, created by Albert Einstein.

I admit this at the outset to avoid the usual debate.

Some of your will glance at the puzzle and decide they can't ‘waste time’ trying to
figure it out, and look for the answers.

Some will read the clues and give up because answers aren’t jumping at them.

Some may give it a few reads, maybe a try, but because they don’t know the
process for solving these kinds of puzzles, quit.

Some know the process for solving such a puzzle and solve it.

A few, who have never have seen such a puzzle before, will develop a protocol
for solving, maybe hitting upon the ‘usual’ method or creating their own.

Those in the last category are about to embark upon an intellectual journey.

The Process

Learning the process is more important than simply solving the puzzle. Once a
mind is exposed to logic, to how one uses logic, pathways open and other
problems of deduction become easy.

Most people are not interested in Process. They want to get from A to B and
consider any impediment frustration. These people lock themselves into the
ignorance of the quick fix.

They don’t want to know the details, they don’t want to experience the journey.
This is why many people have to call techies to do the simplest things.

If you are willing to try, it can be solved with the information given.

The Facts


1. There are 5 houses (in a row along the street) in 5 different colors:
blue, green, red, white and yellow.

2. In each house lives a person of a different nationality:
Brit, Dane, German, Norwegian and Swede.

3. These 5 owners drink a certain beverage:
beer, coffee, milk, tea and water,

4. Each smokes a different brand of cigar:
Blue Master, Dunhill, Pall Mall, Prince and blend.

5. Each keeps a certain pet: cat, bird, dog, fish and horse.

* No home owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.*

The Clues

1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house (next to it).
5. The green house owner drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

Question; Who Owns the Fish?

The Answers

The Answers are not as important as the process for getting them. Can you figure out how to solve this puzzle?


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Jan 2011 (#)

My wife loves these kind of puzzles. She makes the chart to figure it out if she cannot do it in her head. I will pass this along later - right now very busy with lambs.

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author avatar kaylar
9th Jan 2011 (#)

One can't do it in their head. She'll enjoy it.

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author avatar ppruel
9th Jan 2011 (#)

I am actually puzzled with this puzzle but I need to learn and solve it. Thank you for sharing. Love it.

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author avatar kaylar
9th Jan 2011 (#)

I shall explain how it is solved in another article

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author avatar Denise O
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Geesh! This is a very complicated puzzle, one which will more than likely prove to be as easy as they come to solve.
I feel I am over thinking it. Oh well, I won't read the answers until I solve the puzzle. I am funny like that. LOL
Thank you ( I thinkLOL) for sharing.:)

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author avatar kaylar
12th Jan 2011 (#)

It is not easy...but it is logical. You have to do it on paper...

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Jan 2011 (#)

need a link to your answer page....

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jan 2011 (#)

That will take a year to show up on the page...I'm sure I tried...

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author avatar thefunkycrone
21st May 2011 (#)

Got two bits right, took me two hours! You do realise this is utterly addictive!

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author avatar kaylar
26th May 2011 (#)

logic puzzels tend to be addictive

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