Results of Zeno's Challenge #35
Here is the original challenge, followed by an elegant response by Jim Anderson, with a solution comment submitted by Shari. Congratulations!!!!! We received over 600 responses, many of which were correct, and over 50 incorrect replies! Keep up the effort:)
The question is: WHO OWNS FISH?
by the way, what of the allegation that Einstein wrote this late in the 19th C?)
Department of Philosophy
University of San Diego
Solution to #35:
The Norwegian lives on the end, hence lives next to blue only. Since white and green are next to each other, and the Brit is in red, the Norwegian lives in the yellow house on the end and smokes Dunhill. This rules out all beverages for him except water. Thus the person next to the Norwegian lives in a blue house, smokes Blend, and has horses; this rules out the Brit, the German, and the Swede, leaving the Dane. The person next to the Dane is in the middle and because he drinks milk, his house is not green (hence either red or white) and he does not smoke Blue Master. Since the Swede does not raise birds, he doesn't smoke Pall Mall. The smokers of Dunhill, Blend, and Prince are known, so the Swede smokes Blue Master, drinks beer, and thus lives in the white house. Then the German lives in the green house and drinks coffee. Since all other beverages are now known, the Brit in the red house must drink milk and live in the middle, and since the other smokers are known, he must smoke Pall Malls and raise birds. The Dane lives next to a cat owner, and since the Brit on one side owns birds, the Norwegian on the other owns cats. Since we now know that the Norwegian has cats, the Dane horses, the Brit birds, and the Swede dogs, the answer is: the German owns fish.
Shari, from Baltimore, adds:
comments: First, Pall Mall Cigarettes were not introduced until 1899, so
it is unlikely that Einstein had heard of them prior to 1900, especially since
they did not become popular until the early 1900s.