Monday, November 17, 2008


I was reading the newspaper today...
It seemed to bring back old memories.
I remember very clearly... the last time I had read the paper...
August of 2008
ah... nostalgia...

chain snatching... uncleared garbage... bad roads...
I stifled a yawn and continued scanning the page lazily. Somewhere on page 4, the caricature of Albert Einstein that they'd thrown in, caught my attention. I started reading.

3 hours later . . .

Same page. Same article. With a pen in my hand.
I was breaking my head over a "mind boggling" question that the man had designed as a brain exercise for kids in a US school. Apparently 98% of the world's population couldn't solve this puzzle.
take a dekko:

There are five houses of five different colours.
One person from one specific nationality lives in each house.
Each person likes a specific kind of drink and cigarette. Each has one pet.
None of them owns the same pet, smokes the same cigarette or drinks the same drink.
Question: "Who owns the fish?"
Hints: The English person lives in the red house. The Swede has a dog. The Danish likes tea. The green house is located right to the left of the white house. The person who lives in the green house likes to drink coffee. The person who smokes Pall Mall has a bird. The person who lives in the middle house likes to drink milk. The person who lives in the yellow house smokes Dunhill. The Norwegian lives in the first house. The person who smokes Marlboro lives next to the person who owns a cat. The person who has a horse lives next to the person who smokes Dunhill. The person who smokes Winfield, likes to drink beer. Right next to the blue house lives the Norwegian. The German smokes Rothmans. The person who smokes Marlboro is the neighbour of the person who drinks water.

I tried to work it out.
Still trying.
If the Swede smokes Marlboro who owns the freakin' cat?!!


  1. I cant tell because i got so bored of solving it i stopped solvng...
    I even used hi tech MS excel sheets.. No use..
    Only thing i got out of it was a mouthful from my boss for not doing my work... :(

  2. I cant seem to figure it out, and i am a big doofus when it comes to solving such things/puzzles whatever..

  3. @ rahul: best of luck with your boss dude... maybe using hi-tech MS excel sheets was going a bit too far(from his point of view i.e.) :P

    @ delphian oracle: so i'm not the only one then! i have company! yehaaa! :D

  4. Thats the Einstein puzzle, hope that brings some solace.

  5. totally. i've made peace with my brains. i'm not gonna attempt it, not one more time. its some kinda trap :|


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