Friday, May 18, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1553 The Riddle by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 18, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1553 The Riddle  by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 18, 2018                                            
                                                  The  Riddle                      
                                    A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved  2018                                                                                    

         (Older man walks out with a paper, smiling)

I have a riddle for you.  And no, it's not the Sphinx riddle - that was a monologue from a different day!  No, this is a riddle that supposedly Albert Einstein used to weed out students who were not bright enough to work with him.  I say supposedly because there are many things on the internet that are, how should we say it politely?, less than true?

But any way you look at it, this is a puzzle of the top mind-stretching variety, so please, listen carefully!  And if you want to do this puzzle, you may want to take notes.....

        (Clears throat, speaks very rapidly throughout the next)

Einstein's Puzzle

Let us assume that there are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different nationality. Every man has his favorite drink, his favorite brand of cigarettes, and keeps pets of a particular kind.

  1. The Englishman lives in the red house.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs.
  3. The Dane drinks tea.
  4. The green house is just to the left of the white one.
  5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
  6. The Pall Mall smoker keeps birds.
  7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
  8. The man in the center house drinks milk.
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  10. The Blend smoker has a neighbor who keeps cats.
  11. The man who smokes Blue Masters drinks bier.
  12. The man who keeps horses lives next to the Dunhill smoker.
  13. The German smokes Prince.
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  15. The Blend smoker has a neighbor who drinks water.

The question to be answered is: Who keeps fish?

      (Takes a deep breath, wipes brow)

There, that should keep you occupied for awhile.....until you either figure it out, or figure out how to look up the answer online!

       (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Of course the real question is - of these five, which one has the picture of Adolf Hitler hidden in the basement?

       (Exits smiling)

       For those struggling to find the answer to the first question- either in the brain or online, please click here -   For those who cannot figure out the question about the picture in the basement, please read  Herman Wouk's Winds of War!)

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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

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