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Brain teaser

I love casse-tetes (what is the word in English? Brain teaser? Logic problem? Riddle?) which is why I was so excited when TA pulled this out of bag. One of his workmates is going to school parttime, and this was given to him in one of his classes as an extra credit assignment.

This morning I gave TA my answer and asked him to find out if I was right. Turns out, I was.

Now you can test your mettle.

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1. In a street there are 5 houses, painted one of five different colors
2. In each house lives a person of a different nationality
3. These five people each drink a different beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet

The question: who owns the fish?

Hints:
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.
5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Malls rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
8. The person living in the center drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The person who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The person who keeps horses lives next to the person who smokes Dunhills
12. The person who smokes Blue Masters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Princes.
14. The Norwegian lives next door to the blue house.
15. The person who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Albert Einstein wrote this early in his career. He said that 98% od the world’s population would not be able to solve the problem.

Bonne chance!

4:23 p.m. - 2005-04-29

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