Solution To Einstein's Riddle

 

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This is the manner in which I was able to solve this riddle. It took me a while, but I am certain this is the only correct answer.

I drew a chart like this:

 

House 1

House 2

House 3

House 4

House 5

Color

 

 

 

 

 

Person

 

 

 

 

 

Drink

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke

 

 

 

 

 

Pet

 

 

 

 

 

and also made a place for associations, those facts that are linked together but cannot yet go into the chart.


SO, the first time through the clues I came up with.

 

House 1

House 2

House 3

House 4

House 5

Color

 

Blue

 

 

 

Person

Norwegian

 

 

 

 

Drink

 

 

Milk

 

 

Smoke

 

 

 

 

 

Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the following direct associations:

And with the following adjacent associations:

Brit - Red House
Swede - Dogs
Dane - Tea
Green House - Coffee

Pall Mall - Birds
Yellow House - Dunhill
Blue-masters - Beer
German - Prince

Green House to left of White House
Blends next to Cats
Horse next to Dunhill
Blends next to Water

 



So analyzing these facts we can see more associations:
1. House 3 CANNOT be Green since the owner drinks Milk, not Coffee.
2. Thus House 4 MUST be Green since it requires a house to the right. One which is White.
3. House 1 CANNOT be Red since the Norwegian lives there.

These facts limit the house color order to ONE possible solution.
Combined with the direct associations we have...

 

House 1

House 2

House 3

House 4

House 5

Color

Yellow

Blue

Red

Green

White

Person

Norwegian

 

Brit

 

 

Drink

 

 

Milk

Coffee

 

Smoke

Dunhill

 

 

 

 

Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the following direct associations:

And with the following adjacent associations:

Swede - Dogs
Dane - Tea
German - Prince

Pall Mall - Birds
Blue-masters - Beer

Blends next to Cats
Horse next to Dunhill
Blends next to Water

 



Now, looking for more limitations/associations we find that:
1. The Horse must be at House 2.
2. House 1 and 3 CANNOT have Birds or Dogs nor Pall Mall.
3. Either House 2 or 5 have the Blue-masters - Beer.
4. Since the horse is at House 2, then it must also have the Dane (the Swede has Dogs after all).

Our chart now looks like this, including the conditions "Dane - Tea" and "Swede - Dogs".

 

House 1

House 2

House 3

House 4

House 5

Color

Yellow

Blue

Red

Green

White

Person

Norwegian

Dane

Brit

German

Swede

Drink

 

Tea

Milk

Coffee

Beer

Smoke

Dunhill

 

 

Prince

Blue-masters

Pet

 

Horse

 

 

Dogs

Remaining limitations/conditions:
1. Pall Mall - Birds
2. Blends next to Cats
3. Blends next to Water.



The remaining analysis can now be made:
1. House 3 MUST have "Pall Mall - Birds".
2. "Blends next to Cats" can now only fit with Blends at House 2 and Cats at House 1.
3. The German is now the only one without a pet, therefore owns the fish.
4. Incidentally leaving the Water for the Norwegian.

 

House 1

House 2

House 3

House 4

House 5

Color

Yellow

Blue

Red

Green

White

Person

Norwegian

Dane

Brit

GERMAN

Swede

Drink

Water

Tea

Milk

Coffee

Beer

Smoke

Dunhill

Blends

Pall Mall

Prince

Blue-masters

Pet

Cats

Horse

Birds

FISH

Dogs

If you followed this analysis closely, you will see that this IS the only possible solution...well, except for this one.