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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

puzzle me this

Ok, I don't believe Einstein said '98%', and I don't agree with the final answer, but I did get an answer.

It is a simple GRE style puzzle, only with many more variables. have some fun with it:).

The Einstein Quiz
Einstein said that 98% of people in the world cannot solve the following puzzle. And Einstein was usually right (that's why he's Einstein.) Here is the Einstein Quiz:

1. There are 5 houses in 5 different colors.
2. In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
3. These 5 owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
4. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same drink.
5. Hints:
a. The Brit lives in a red house.
b. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
c. The Dane drinks tea.
d. The green house is on the left of the white house.
e. The green house owner drinks coffee.
f. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
g. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
h. The man living in the house right in the centre drinks milk.
i. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
j. The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
k. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
l. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
m. The German smokes Prince.
n. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
o. The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

Can you determine WHO KEEPS FISH?

Can You Solve the Einstein Quiz?
It looks hard, huh? If you can't figure it out, try searching on google for the "Einstein Quiz" and see how other people have solved it.

But watch out: Einstein was right, most people can't solve the puzzle correctly. In fact, I have only seen one reference to the correct solution to the Einstein Quiz anywhere on the web.

Puzzle source:


Blogger Radhika said...

Don't see below if you haven't found solutions yet.
This is what I came up with..
House1: Yellow, Norwegian, Water, Dun Hill, Cats

House2: Blue, Danish, Tea, Blend, Horses

House3: Red, Brit, Milk, Pall Mall, Birds

House4: Green, German, Coffee, Prince, FISH

House5: White, Sweden, Beer, Blue Master, Dogs

Is this correct??? I hope :-/

3:02 PM  
Blogger Radhika said...

YAH!!! YAH!!! I GOT IT. Just checked the results.. :-) This was fun. You need to post more of these.

3:05 PM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

Good, you got screwed too i see. good for u(s) :).

3:07 PM  
Blogger PS said...

Hey, it says the white ouse is on the left of the green house. Is it left from our perspective (when facing the houses) or from the houses' perspective?

4:28 AM  
Blogger Radhika said...

Hey Anand,
I didn't think about that. That's a good one :-) I guess usually when you refer to houses it's wrt our perspective. Atleast thats wht we do while giving directions and stuff. I solved it like that too and the actual solution seems to be like that too.
But you do have a point.

10:25 AM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

It is a spoken convention that 'to the left of a house' means to the 'house's right' when the house is not right in front of us. ie, left from a viewer's perspective.

the words mean 'to the house's left' only if the speaker is inside the house.

if the speaker is directly in front of a house, it is not so clear.

But, the point remains that when discussing about an abstract house, the left refers to the 'house's right'(or viewer's left) because it is not really in front of him, nor is the viewer inside it.

So, no PS (and Radhika), i don't think that is a relevant question - unless of course u want to challenge the linguistic convention, in which case, u will have to challenge most everything else about language too. :)

1:17 PM  
Blogger PS said...

1. But when we are in the house, it not right in front of us.

2. How do I know Einstein knew this convention?

8:52 PM  
Blogger PS said...

Have you by any chance read 'Swami and the Sum'?

8:53 PM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

the first question was incomprehensible, so i will leave it alone:D.

the second one, we shouldn't doubt it cos we can safely assume that he knew how to speak/use lingo.

More seriously, what's the book about? I am willing to read it if it is less than 300 pgs - u see accepting facts is easier that fighting unnecessary battles:).

1:54 AM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

ijjit, I couldn't find that book u were talking about!

wer tekkin mi fer a ride i C!! wogay machan. weevil c hu wince (talk mellu wit mellus, de santa tolded mi.)

2:13 AM  
Blogger PS said...

1. :D it's a part of I think either Malgudi Days or Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan.

'erd o' 'im?

2. As for the first question, please refer to the first and second paragraphs of your comment that came just before mine with the questions.

to the left of a house' means to the 'house's right' when the house is not right in front of us

the words mean 'to the house's left' only if the speaker is inside the house.

When the speaker is inside the house, the house is not in front of him. Therefore, my friend, you happen to have contradicted yourself in consecutive sentences :D.

3. Did you see my comment on the picture of gears and other things that you put up? I see no reply.

12:25 AM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

'you happen to have contradicted yourself in consecutive sentences '

First, This is an outrage! :D Why blame me for social conventions! I was only stating them!

Now, since you insisted on logic-shmogic.

The two sentences u mentioned actually do not contradict each other (unless of course u assume it does). The worderful use of 'only' saves the day:). Note, clearly, I didn't say 'only mean', i said 'mean...only if...' :).

6:40 AM  

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