Only 2% of the Population Can Solve “Einstein’s Riddle”… Are You One of Them?

Being smart is something that everyone wants to be. Obviously, who would like to be called a dumb? Exactly, no one! Now while everyone would want to be smart, there are different levels of smartness. Some people want to be minimally smart, just enough to be able to scale through school. While others would prefer to be a little more intelligent and would like to be averagely smart which means that they wouldn’t just have to scale through school, they would rock through school without much stress with understanding and assimilating at least half of the curriculum. When someone chooses to be above average intelligence, it means that they would most probably be seen as one of the smartest in school, understanding about 80 percent of the entire curriculum which is awesome. But then there is another level of smartness, the genius level. As for the genius level, very few people ever make it to this level, and it’s like the X Factor, if you don’t have it, you don’t have it. But Einstein was one of the people who made it to the genius level and he not only made it to genius level, he had one of the highest IQ to be measured.

Einstein gave a riddle that has now become famously known as the Einstein Riddle. Millions of people around the world have tried to solve the riddle to prove that they are smart and they have failed. The riddle does need a certain level of intelligence to solve and more than that, it needs concentration and focus.

This riddle has become a very popular puzzle that some people do not credit to Einstein. Some people say that this riddle was written by Einstein when he was a young man, while some other people think that it wasn’t Einstein who wrote it but Louis Carol. There is another school of thought that it’s not attributed to these two people but that it is a riddle that is called the Zebra Puzzle. Although it isn’t specific, it is estimated that about only 2 percent of the people in the world can solve it. Do you feel that you can solve the riddle and joint the elusive 2 percent? The answer is online of course but what is the fun in that when you can always try it out yourself. Who knows, you might be a part of the 2 percent.

Here is the Einstein riddle.

There are five houses in five different colors in a row. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 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. Other facts:

1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
5. The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water.

The question is: who owns the fish?

Many people become frustrated and believe that the riddle is a joke and that it has no answer, but it does have an answer. It is tricky and hard, but it has a perfectly explainable answer. You just need to be logical and focused. Get yourself a piece of paper and your thinking cap and start try this puzzle out. You could find out something wonderful about yourself like you are smart enough to be among the 2 percent of the world population that can solve this riddle


The easiest way to solve this puzzle is start with a grid like this and begin filling it in with clues:

Clues 8 and 9 allow us to fill in cells directly:

Clue 14 places the blue house next to the Norwegian, and the green and white houses as 4 and 5 (not 3 and 4 because clue 5 has the green house owner drinking coffee):

Clue 1 says that the Brit lives in a red house, which rules out all but 3. By process of elimination, the first house is yellow. Clue 7 adds to this the fact that the owner smokes Dunhills:

Clue 11 places horses next to the Dunhill house. The beer drinker smoke Blue Master, the Dane drinks tea, and Milk and Coffee are in houses 3 and 4. So the Norwegian, who smokes Dunhill, drinks water. And the water drinker’s neighbor smokes blend. With the only beverages remaining being tea and beer, and knowing that the beer drinker smokes Blue Master, the second house has the tea drinking Dane:

The last beverage, beer, goes in house 5 with it’s Blue Masters. The German Prince-smoker must therefore be in House 4. This leaves the Swedish dog owner for House 5, then the bird-rearing Pall Mall smoker for House 3

Since the cat owner lived next the Blend smoker, we can see that there is only one slot left, in the German’s house. So it is the German who keeps the fish:

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