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Harney’s Notebook

Albert Einstein’s Famous House Riddle”, also known as the “Zebra” puzzle, has several variations. Its origins are unknown to this date; however, it is rumored to have been written by Albert Einstein as a boy. There have also been claims which attribute it to Lewis Carroll. Perhaps we will never know. This we do know, some of the clues used in the different variations were nonexistent during their lifetimes.

There are five houses lined up next to each other along a street. Each house is a different color, and each homeowner is of a different nationality, drinks a different beverage, smokes a different brand of cigar, and owns a different pet.

If these variables can never repeat from house to house, which homeowner has a pet fish? You should be able to figure out the answer based on these 15 clues:

  1. The Englishman lives in the house with red walls.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs.

For the full article, see the August 2 edition of the Parke County Sentinel.