WHO OWNS THE ZEBRA?

Below are 15 clues adapted from a famous puzzle called "Who Owns the Zebra?"

To do this puzzle you need to apply a great deal of "indirect" reasoning. That means you have to use the information given to rule out possibilities until nothing remains but the correct answer.

After the 15 clues, we have provided you a table and some movable (Internet Explorer browser needed) clue pieces. Move the pieces onto the table, and rearrange them as many times as you need. When all the pieces are in their proper place, the answer will pop out!

HINT: clues 9,10, & 15 are the "anchor" clues. These are the only ones that tell you EXACTLY where to place the piece. We recommend you place those pieces first, and then work the others around them.

 1 There are five houses in a row, each of a different color and inhabited by people of different nationalities, with different pets, drinks, and flowers. 2 The English person 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 geranium grower owns snails. 8 Roses are in front of the yellow house. *9 Milk is drunk in the middle house. *10 The Norwegian lives in the first house on the left. 11 The person who grows marigolds lives in the house next to the person with the fox. 12 Roses are grown at the house next to the house where the horse is kept. 13 The person who grows lilies drinks orange juice. 14 The Japanese person grows gardenias. *15 The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Now, who drinks water? And who owns the zebra?

*To check your final answer, all you need do is read down the 15 clues with the chart in front of you and if they all fit perfectly, you have it!

*Anchor clues. We recommend that you place these first.

 Move the clue pieces around the table until only the answer remains. 2 ... 3 4 5 6 7 8 .................. We've supplied two pieces for each clue, except the anchor clues, because each clue impacts on two cells in the table. *If you prefer more of a "physical" approach, you may want to print this page, cut out the white clue cells, and move them around on the above table. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

*To check your final answer, all you need do is read down the 15 clues with the chart in front of you and if they all fit perfectly, you have it!

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