Kerry is becoming quite ubiquitous. I quoted him a couple of days ago, and now, Mark at Riothero is quoting him as well. I promised Kerry that I’d set up a weblog for him on my server, and I still haven’t gotten around to it, which just illustrates what a bad person I am. In the meantime, he will have to remain the dark figure behind the scenes – the Charlie behind the Angels.
Anyway, he sent Mark and I the same riddle:
1. In a street there are 5 different houses in five different colours. 2. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. 3. These five owners drink a certain type of 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 beverage. (pretend there is a drawing of five houses here -- identical in shape (but not colour) in every way. House 1 House 2 House 3 House 4 House 5 The question is: Who owns the fish? To prove you are not guessing, specify his nationality, colour house, brand of smoke and preferred beverage. Clues: - The Brit lives in the red house - The Swede keeps dogs as pets - The Dane drinks tea - The green house is on the left of the white house - The green house's owner drinks coffee - The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds - The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill - The man living in the center house drinks milk - The Norwegian lives in the first house - The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats - The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill - The owner who smokes BlueMaster drinks beer - The German smokes Prince - The Norwegian lives next to the blue house - The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water
It took me 25 minutes. Have a go and e-mail me when you think you have the answer, and I’ll tell you if you are right…