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Another Puzzle – 2020


This puzzle has been attributed to Albert Einstein, and it has been claimed that only 2% of the population can solve it.  I doubt it.  It’s rather simple, actually, once you discover the key.  There is no trick to it; it’s pure reason.  However, there is a method – and that’s the key.  I’ve updated it slightly for the 21st century, but other than that, it’s the same puzzle I was given [mumble, mumble] years ago.  Now, it’s your turn to give it a try.  Good luck!  (I’ll give you the answer next Tuesday.)


There are five houses in a row.  Each is painted a different colour and each inhabitant is a different nationality.  They each own different pets, drink different beverages and drive different cars.

From the clues below, figure out who drinks water and who owns the zebra.

1 – The Englishman lives in the red house.

2 – The Spaniard owns a dog.

3 – Coffee is drunk in the green house.

4 – The Ukrainian drinks tea.

5 – The green house is immediately to the right of the ivory house.

6 – The man who owns snails drives a Buick.

7 – The man in the yellow house drives a Cadillac.

8 – Milk is drunk in the middle house.

9 – The Norwegian lives in the first house.

10 – The man who drives a Ford lives next to the man who owns a fox.

11 – The house with the Cadillac is next to the house with the horse.

12 – The man who drives the Chevrolet drinks orange juice.

13 – The man from Japan drives a Dodge.

14 – The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.



Tuesday’s Puzzle Answers

Here are the answers to Tuesday’s puzzle.  I’ve left a space after the first two in case you want to go back to Tuesday’s post and try your luck again

A, P and A are the 3 M
Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the 3 Musketeers
There are 2 S to every A
There are 2 sides to every argument


88 K on a P
88 keys on a piano

24 H in a D
24 hours in a day

90 D in a R A
90 degrees in a right angle

6 S. on a S S
6 sides on a Stop Sign

3 S and you’re O
3 strikes and you’re out

There are 8 N in an O
There are 8 notes in an octave

8 P in the S.S. plus P
8 planets in the Solar System plus Pluto

1 P is worth 1,000 W
1 picture is worth 1,000 words
7 W of the A W
7 Wonders of the Ancient World

1 W on a U
1 wheel on a unicycle

64 S on a C B
64 squares on a chess board

20,000 L under the S
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

G and the 3 B
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

1 is the L N
1 is the loneliest number

12 L of H
12 Labours of Hercules

28 D in F except in a L Y
28 days in February except in a Leap Year

Every C has 9 L
Every cat has 9 lives

12 D of C
12 days of Christmas

4 S in a S D of C
4 suits in a standard deck of cards

2 is C; 3 is a C
2 is company; 3 is a crowd

76 T led the B P
76 Trombones led the Big Parade

12 M in a Y
12 months in a year

K 2 B with 1 S
Kill 2 birds with 1 stone

13 in a B D
13 in a Baker’s Dozen

3 B M
3 blind mice

1001 A N
1001 Arabian Nights

4 H of the A
4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

3 P in a H G
3 periods in a hockey game

40 D of R in the G F
40 days of rain in the Great Flood

4 Q in a D
4 quarters in a dollar

6 P on a S F
6 points on a snow flake

12 S of the Z
12 signs of the Zodiac

S W and the 7 D
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

9 P on a B T
9 players on a baseball team

11 comments on “Another Puzzle – 2020

  1. Joe
    April 3, 2020

    Stumped me. Can you give me a couple more hints?

    • wdfyfe
      April 4, 2020

      Make 5 boxes????

      • Joe
        April 4, 2020

        Tried that. Still stuck. Guess I’m not as smart as I used to think I was?

      • wdfyfe
        April 4, 2020

        None of us are, buddy, but, as the man said, “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I always was.” cheers

  2. Darling Doormat
    April 4, 2020

    Next Tuesday? Help, I need more time 😉

  3. Christi
    April 5, 2020

    Ohboyohboyohboy! I LOVE logic puzzles!
    Okay, I’m off to draw a grid and then I’ll get back to y… oh wait, I have a bad joke post to write…ugh!
    Listen, I’ll do that first and THEN I’ll do this! Okay?

    Hot dog, I actually have something to do for a change. Yay!

    • wdfyfe
      April 5, 2020

      Bad jokes first!

      • Christi
        April 6, 2020

        Okay, I made my calculations and it looks to me that the Norwegian drinks water and owns the zebra.Though I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to own a zebra so I’m tempted to call the authorities.
        Of course, what do you expect from a guy who drives a Cadillac and lives in a yellow house? Honestly!

      • wdfyfe
        April 6, 2020

        Close but no cigar. It’s illegal for Norwegians to own zebras as your cultural memory should tell you.

  4. Rob Alberts
    April 8, 2020

    I will skip this one ..

    • wdfyfe
      April 8, 2020

      No worries. You did super on the last one.

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