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# Thread: Who owns the zebra?

1. ## Who owns the zebra?

Okay, this is a pretty old puzzle now with a few variations, and yes, you can easily find the answer with a quick Google search, but for those who might never have encountered it before, here's the original version that I spent some hours trying to solve as a kid (back before you could just look up the answer on the Internet). And yes, I did manage to finally solve it and get the correct answer

So if you don't already know the answer, try to avoid looking it up and see how you go. It's similar in nature to the more modern sudoku puzzles, but not just limited to numbers.

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For the following clues, the general outline is that each house is a different colour and has an inhabitant of a different nationality, and those inhabitants all drink different beverages, own different pets, and smoke different brands of American cigarettes (which is one thing some of the variations change).

1. There are five houses.
2. The Englishman lives in the red house.
3. The Spaniard owns the dog.
4. Coffee is drunk in the green house.
5. The Ukrainian drinks tea.
6. The green house is immediately to the right (your right) of the ivory house.
7. The Old Gold smoker owns snails.
8. Kools are smoked in the yellow house.
9. Milk is drunk in the middle house.
10. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
11. The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
12. Kools are smoked in the house next to the house where the horse is kept.
13. The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice.
14. The Japanese smokes Parliaments.
15. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Now, who drinks water? Who owns the zebra?

This was taken from Wikipedia. I copied it rather than posting a link though as they also give the answer and discuss how to solve it.

2. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

I've already cracked a Shiraz, GP. So I won't even start trying. Maybe Monday...

3. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

I'm on the case!!!

Have assumed the houses are in a row. is that safe??
-dukey

4. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Originally Posted by Dukey
Have assumed the houses are in a row. is that safe??
Yes. The houses are in a row.

Originally Posted by Kennas
Hmm... you must be in the sixth house then

Cheers,
GP

5. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

I got them... Took about 40 mins. Was fairly easy to get who drinks the water... Got a bit stuck after that though.

6. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Yep - got the water; now for the Zebra??

(got delayed by the boss cajoling me into cooking dinner while she has a leisurely bath! - I conceded in the hope of some future payoff!!)

7. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Got It!! That was fun.

All fits together quickly in the end - after the last hurdle.

Thanks Mr pig.

8. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Originally Posted by GreatPig
3. The Spaniard owns the dog.
... 11. The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
Now, ..Who drinks water, and Who owns the zebra?
Who's to say that the spaniard isnt rich enough to own both a dog and a zebra?
Or maybe the Ukranian drinks tea, water, plus vodka as it suits his whim!
sorry m8 lol - I'll spend the time necessary to crack this one "later". - personally I love this sorta stuff.

PS Dukey - forget the dinner - and the puzzle - just join the missus in the bath m8 lol.

9. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Nice Idea, but the damn dog beat me to it !!

No...seriously!! True story.
Does that mean I'm in the doghouse again??
Wouldn't mind so much except its raining cats 'n ?? ... somethin.

10. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Originally Posted by Dukey
Nice Idea, but the damn dog beat me to it !!

No...seriously!! True story.
Does that mean I'm in the doghouse again??
Wouldn't mind so much except its raining cats 'n ?? ... somethin.
well im sure when you explain to her that you know who drank the water, and YOU KNOW WHO OWNS THE ZEBRA!! , then she'll either
a) take off to the mother in law's for the night, or
b) jump outta the bath and in a single leap, grab you with both legs wrapped around you lol

PS sounds to me like the dog aint gonna enjoy being outside in the rain tonight

11. ## Re: Who owns the zebra?

Originally Posted by 2020hindsight
Who's to say that the spaniard isnt rich enough to own both a dog and a zebra?
Possible I guess. Perhaps after being bankrupted and released from prison he became employed by his family trust and can now live in expensive houses, jetset around the world, hang out with the social set, get involved in oil and diamond businesses in Africa, and own both a dog and a zebra.

Or maybe that was someone else...

Cheers,
GP

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