Puzzle – Zebra

Mailed to us in 1998, this puzzle has resulted in several correct responses every year since. In 2002, two people mailed in the correct answer. Others wanted to know, “OK, so who owned the zebra?”

Try solving this puzzle… It’s definitely solvable! There are 25 variables and 24 are given values. You are to solve the 25th. The trick is HOW? If you look at the problem mathematically, no sweat. If you get lost in the English, you are dead meat. You will know you are right by checking the answer with all the conditions. This test was given by The German Institute of Logical Thinking in Berlin, 1981. And 98% FAILED.

There are five houses.
Each house has its own unique color.
All house owners are of different nationalities.
They all have different pets.
They all drink different drinks.
They all smoke different cigarettes.
The English man lives in the Red House.
The Swede has a Dog.
The Dane drinks Tea.
The Green house is on the left side of the white house.
In the Green house they drink coffee.
The man who smokes Pall Mall has birds.
In the yellow house they smoke Dunhill.
In the middle house they drink Milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blend, lives in the house next to the house with
In the house next to the house with the horse, they smoke Dunhill.
The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the Blue House. They drink water in the
house that lays next to the House where they smoke Blend.
Who owns the Zebra?

Good luck !

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