Friday, July 20, 2007

The Middle of the Film

This was last night's trivia final:
On a certain street, there are five houses in five different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. Each owner drinks a certain type of beverage, smokes a certain brand of cigarette, and keeps a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, drink the same beverage, or smoke the same brand of cigarette. Also:
  • The Brit lives in the red house.
  • The Swede owns a dog.
  • The Dane drinks tea.
  • The green house is on the left and next to the white house.
  • The green homeowner drinks coffee.
  • The person who smokes Pall Mall raises 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 cat owner.
  • The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  • The man who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
  • The German smokes Prince.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  • The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
  • One man owns a fish.

The question is: Who owns the fish?

5 comments:

J. Bowman said...

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Laney said...

Gotta be the beer-drinking, Bluemaster-smoking German in the white house at the end of the street. I feel guilty, like I'm stereotyping Germans or beer drinkers or something.

J. Bowman said...

Indeed, you should feel guilty, especially since the German drinks coffee. He also smokes Prince, and lives in the green house. He does, however, own the fish.
His beer-drinking, Bluemaster-smoking neighbor in the white house is Swedish.

anne57 said...

I figured it out without looking at the answer, yah! but i had to make a diagram, how much time do they give you to do these final questions? 'cause this one seems kind of involved...

J. Bowman said...

Usually they give about 10 minutes for the final question, but this one they handed out at halftime, so it was closer to an hour.
I had to make a 20x20 grid to figure it out. It was not pleasant. If I had read one of the hints correctly (the green house is the first house on the left, not just to the left of the white house), I might have been able to get the answer with less writing.