Monday, November 25, 2013 9:48:33 PM
Just noticed that some people think that...
"1) the clues are vague, (does the norwegian live on the left or the right, is the green house next door to the white or just in the left direction (2 houses down)..."
But the hint says "the green house is ON the left of the green house" not that "the green house is TO the left of the house" so in American English from the time this was written you need to assume "directly neighboring to the left". We just don't know our language as well as we did in the past.
2) the clues never say anything about owning a fish (see also your zebra point)
Correct, the entire riddle is based on the fish. In other words...read it again. The QUESTION is "Who owns the fish?", thus it was not a "hint" but the actual question.
Monday, November 25, 2013 9:36:13 PM
First off, I agree that this problem (at least as presented here) does not have enough information to be solvable "proof wise". Yet the first clue to that fact is not that one has to assume the houses are in a line (they could also be laid out in a circle, yes?), but the fact that it does not say that the people that live in the houses are the owners of the houses. However, if you consider it was posed seriously by Einstein then you need to be smart enough to come to the conclusion that it can be solved, thus you MUST assume the tenants are the owners AND that the houses are "in a row" AND that "First house" means "left-most"...otherwise it is unsolvable.
Tell ya' what...cured my boredom. I`m off to do some "matrix word problems"!
Monday, August 6, 2012 2:56:52 PM
Einstein, Schmine-stein, hey, anybody got an anchovy sandwich? This f’in puzzle took over an hour. And I can tell ya, if Einstein really thought he was in a green house in Germany, drinking coffee, smoking Prince, and eating his squirming pet goldfish between slices of pumpernickel, he was suckin the gas pipe a bit too much again. Still, gotta love his cranium.