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Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:03:11 AM »

Okay, there is this program I work with at work, and the programmers are lots of fun (and believe it or not, they're all accountants, so its even stranger!), and on the main page of the program they have a bit set aside for a monthly puzzle, some of them are way too hard for me, some of them are super easy, and some of them, like this one, are frustrating at first, but oh so rewarding to finish.

But if you try this out, you must be able to have a few minutes to sit and think and preferably have a piece of paper and pencil handy so you can figure this out, I wouldn't try doing this if your phone is ringing off the hook or something like that.  But for those who are interested in this kind of thing (and really I don't know if any of you are, but I found this to be fun, so I figured someone else here would too) here goes:

There are 5 differently colored houses all in a row.  Each house has a different nationality living in it, a different pet, a different beverage of choice and a different make car.  So who owns the fish?

Clues:

Brit lives in a red house
Swede has dogs
Dane drinks tea
Green house is next door left of white house
Green house owner drinks coffee
Honda owner rears birds
Yellow house owner drives dodge
Center house owner drinks milk
Norwegian lives in the first house
Ford owner lives next to the cat owner
Horse owner lives next to the Dodge owner
Chevy owner drinks soda
German drives a Toyota
Norwegian lives next to blue house
Ford owner lives next to water drinker

If you need a hint you can message me but I don't know how long it will take for me to reply after today, and I can't guarantee I'll give you a worthwhile hint  :lol:.  I'll try to post the answer on Tuesday, hopefully that's enough time for people.  If you think I should give more time, please reply and say so.

Also, don't post with your answers, that would, of course give it away.  I suppose you can message me with the answer and then when I post the answer I'll say who got it right.  That and self satisfaction are the only rewards you'll get  :lol:!


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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009, 10:12:37 AM »

Ha! haha! I know this! This is very old actually. I found it on a Readers digest magazine eons ago, the first time I solved it. Then DD a couple years ago found it on the internet and asked my help to solve it and we did it again. It's called Einstein puzzle or something.
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If I remember correctly there's several things you can solve just from reading, then you stop and scratch your head for a while , then you start using trial-and-error and suddenly everything falls into place  :D
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009, 12:23:40 PM »

You're right pink, I was pretty sure I had seen this previously somewhere, but I wasn't sure. 
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 06:49:17 PM »

I feel I spoiled your puzzle Goblyn sorry  :(

Some years ago I was totally hooked on brain teasers. I searched hundreds... I remember a very silly one:

A man lives on the fifteenth floor of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. In the evening, he gets into the elevator, and, if there is someone else in the elevator, or if it was raining that day, he goes back to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the tenth floor and walks up five flights of stairs to his apartment.

Why?  :lol:
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009, 08:53:31 PM »

goblyn i did try your puzzle a bit but gave up after a bit... :(
pink...sorry you have to tell us!!!!
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 12:48:28 PM »

he is too short to hit the button for the 15th floor, unless he has his umbrella to use as a poker.
you would think he would carry a walking stick.
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 09:03:27 PM »

!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2009, 04:10:41 AM »

Oh, I always feel so inadequate with these, I can never do them and then when I hear the answer, I feel like such a fool, it's so obvious.  :x :x Must have been something about education under socialism that prevented the development of creative thinking, even though the system forced us to be very inventive about many things! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2009, 07:43:40 AM »

Oh crap, I've forgotten what the answer is and can't find the piece of paper I had....well someone will just have to figure it out lol!
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2009, 11:40:34 AM »

no fair goblyn!!!
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2009, 07:50:13 AM »

OK, I think I solved the puzzle  8)
Since it is well past the tuesday on which goblyn would announce the answer, I am telling:  :) German family owns the fish. But I made an assumption. Green house is next door left of white house means when I am looking at the houses from accross the street, I see the green house on the left and white house on the right; not that I see the green house on the left when I walk out from the white house. It already took me long to figure it out so I am not going to try the other way around  :? I have killed enough of my time  :P
Here is the full answer:

House No:       1                   2              3                  4                5
Colour:       Yellow              Blue           Red            Green           White
Nationality:  Norwegian        Dane          Brit            German        Swede
Car:            Dodge             Ford           Honda        Toyota          Chevy
Pet:            Cat                  Horse         Bird            Fish              Dog
Drink:         Water              Tea           Milk             Coffee          Soda

I made a chart on MS excel to enter the parameters, it wouldn't be possible to solve it otherwise. Oh, I think I will see that chart for a couple of hours when I close my eyes. :shock:  :lol:
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2009, 10:12:43 AM »

Nulu, that's the same assumption I made, and therefore the same result I got.
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2009, 11:23:30 AM »

well done guys!!!
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2009, 02:09:58 AM »

Karky you got it right, the man is a dwarf, and uses the umbrella to poke the 15th button. Only when it rains. How silly...  :lol:
Goblyn, the solution to the Einstein puzzle is all over the internet. It's great that you and Nulu didn't want to cheat  :D
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Re: Logical Puzzle for those who have lots of time to kill...
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2009, 03:59:42 AM »

It's great that you and Nulu didn't want to cheat  :D

Did I have that option?  :?
It wouldn't be as fun then  :)
I used to solve such puzzles (with 5 parameters instead of 6) with charts given with the puzzles in the magazines. I didn't know this was one of a kind Einstein puzzle that I could find its solution on the Internet. At least I would verify my solution.
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