If You Can Solve This Einstein’s Riddle, You Are A Genius

Widely known as Einstein's Riddle, a number of reports suggest that 98% of the population will not be able to solve this riddle made by Einstein as a boy.

Albert Einstein, Solve This Einstein's Riddle

The following riddle is claimed to have been invented by the renowned genius and the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein during the 19th century when he was just a boy. There is no clear evidence who actually came up with this, so some say this riddle was created by Lewis Carrol.

Widely known as Einstein’s Riddle, a number of reports suggest that 98% of the world’s population will not be able to solve it. Well, regardless of who actually devised the riddle, I do not think this will be immensely complicated, provided you have enough patience to think it through, followed by strong dedication and determination. There are no tricks involved.

Here is the riddle. See if you are in that 2% of the world’s population who can solve it.

There are 5 houses in five different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. These five owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.

The question is: Who owns the fish?

Clues to Einstein’s Riddle:

  1. The Brit lives in the red house.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  3. The Dane drinks tea.
  4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
  5. The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
  6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
  7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
  12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
  13. The German smokes Prince.
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water.

Like I said above, there are no tricks involved. All you need is logic. Answer if found and do share how you deduce the riddle in the comments.

Things may get complicated with every step, so here is the step-by-step guide to solve Einstein’s Riddle.


  1. norwegian-cat-Dunhill-water-yellow
    brit-bird-pull mall-milk-red

  2. the pets are individuals. they could all have the same breed of dog. but each one is a different pet!

    1. It took me 16:44 to solve your riddle and that was after using pen and paper etc having to find them that was actually easier i think thanks for the challenge!!!

      1. I solved it in 12:46. I think that puzzle was actually easier than Einstein’s riddle, which took me about 20 minutes or so to figure out.

  3. I AM A GENIUS? Hahaha!!! That was to easy guy’s!
    “I reply stochasticly of course”
    Ok, you got me, I give up, I’ll finally admit it.”you guys have me all “figured out”!?
    “I am a genius”, what a relief! my wife will be thrilled to hear this!
    This entire time I’ve been considered a screwball of sorts, (“all these folks”) considered me to be an “intp” with extroverted, and introverted traits and,and an intj with introverted, and extroverted traits, and a”strange mix up,a confusing combination of most “Briggs”traits in all combinations, conflicting all “briggs”personality types,(folks)seemed confused,but also fit, yet at same time, all ” Briggs” personality types “fit me perfectly”,but with some confusing combination of all conflicting traits, “briggs” had typed, that “somehow” seemed to “perfectly fit, and conflict my confusing personality” which seemed to confound and confuse this “Briggs”fellow,hmmmm? So all these confused (“highly educated Folk”) exactly concluded,I’m simply “insane”–a strangely unique,oddley intellectual, mystifyingly gifted and, a particularly(“”INSANE –MADMAN”) yet particularly more unique, oddly more gifted,strangely more intellectual,and insanely more logical,than a
    (“simple “genius”!) “Stochasticly of course”

    (My thought) what a relief!!! I was truly glad they had cleared all that up, my wife will be glad to hear this, everyone thought I was insane,thought I had lost my mind,and slipped into Madness, I was told, I didn’t know what I was saying, I didn’t know what I was thinking, nothing I said made sense to them, all my thoughts were irrational ,and completely odd,and illogical,(there thought was I don’t understand)only an insane Madman gone crazy losing his mind could think enough of himself to say that..that’s CRAZY!!!

    CRAZY!!!! That’s it, what a relief, my wife will be so glad to hear this, she thought I was going crazy to when she heard what I said!!!

    The first thing I said was,,honey was just thinking!!
    And so I say that out loud,

    I think I’m a (genius)

    I’m glad( I was so confused)!!!


    I’m sorry guys I got to take off somewhere, I’ll explain later.

    Just one more thing, there are lots of Riddles and Rhymes and things of that nature in this page,

    But again at first glance

    My answer would have been

    The only one left ((alive))

    Please let me know if I’m wrong
    Sometimes I get a little confused????😉

  4. German- fish – coffe – prince – green house, next to white house (fourth), set up a bunch of boxes on paper and put in clues where they fit wasn’t hard when you think about it. Like it says above “all you need is logic”.

  5. The German owns the green house, takes coffee, smokes Prince and owns the fish.(Lives in the 4th house)
    The Norwegian owns the yellow house, takes water, smokes Dunhill and keeps cats.(Lives in the 1st house)
    The Dane owns the blue house, takes tea, smokes Blends and owns a horse. (Lives in the 2nd house)
    The Brit owns the red house, takes milk, smokes Pall Mall and rears birds. (Lives in the 3rd/center house)
    The Swede owns the white house, drinks beer, smokes Bluemasters and keeps dogs as pets. (Lives in the 5th/last house)


  6. I said the riddle is the same, but in order to solve it you need to break a block of opinion on the themes that the riddle consists of, or rather – that the riddle uses formed/known concepts to be a riddle.

  7. I solved it!!! The German owns the fish!
    I spent 45 minutes creating a huge table…finally did it!!!! Cant beleive I am part of 2% of the World’s population!

  8. Clearly, Einstein and/or Carroll would have gotten high LSAT scores. All you need is a good diagram. I had the house numbers across the top and all the other variables in groups along the side. The answer would make Dee Bradley Baker happy.

  9. I did this in school last month I think, I forgot who it was though but I think I have an idea. I won’t spoil it though

      1. I think someone said it was the German guy but I’m not the one who came to that conclusion so…

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