Putting them in a circle would make the directions "left, right" ambiguous.
Healey01 said:Where does one go about taking a true IQ test?
asti said:It is NOT the German. But 98% of us think it is :-)
In fact, almost all of the websites you come across will proudly display their finished chart and conclude the German is the right answer.
Einstein was pretty crafty when he created this riddle. 98% of the people that come across this problem go about the same way of resolving it. They chart out the problem and work out which person has which pet, drink and smoke, and step by step they work out finally that it must be the German who has fish.
But that is not the right way to go about solving the riddle.
Einstein words this riddle very carefully, and nowhere does it say that one of the nationalities actually has fish at home. He simply asks "who has fish at home?"
The fact is, for all we know, the German could be keeping an elephant! Because we don't know what kind of pet the German has, we just assume that the pet is fish. But that assumption is not based on any given fact.
So the answer is: we have no idea if anyone has fish. Einstein stressed examining assumptions, and is famously quoted as saying: "The important thing is to not stop questioning."
But like everyone else, I did the chart thing :-) I found the correct answer here:
But the riddle is worded very carefully, and the only way anyone can claim that the German actually keeps fish is by making the assumption that the missing pet is fish.
This is a logic riddle, and logic tells us not to make assumptions.
asti said:But like everyone else, I did the chart thing :-) I found the correct answer here:
Einstein wrote this riddle last century and said that 98% of the world’s population would not be able to solve it.
Are you a part of that 98%?
* There are 5 houses that are each a different colour.
* There is a person of a different nationality in each house.
* The 5 owners drink a certain drink. They each smoke a certain brand of cigarettes and also have a certain pet. No owner has the same pet, smokes the same brand of cigarettes nor drinks the same drink.
The question is. “Who has the fish?”