My science girls responded well to this. And it will be a great get-started activity for my comp class, since we're starting Division and Classification tomorrow. Sort of.
The puzzle is attributed to Albert Einstein. Have fun!
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person of a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. Using the clues below, can you determine who owns the fish?
The Brit lives in a red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
The green house owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the house right in the middle drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blend lives next door to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps horses lives next door to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blend has a neighbour who drinks water.
Update: One seventh-grader got it right, at the very end of class. Now we're in my composition class. One senior has figured out all of the information for one person. They are working quietly as we listen to Bach's violin concerto in E major.
Heh ... I wanted to work it out with the class, but they refuse to let me give them help. They want to figure it out on their own. Would that they felt this way about MLA citations!
Update: Fast-forward several days. We had a small Fundamentals of Lit class today because most of the class is on a biology field trip. So I had them to the problem above. No one came close, except for one girl, anagram Waddle Crosby, who got it right after I gave her just a couple of hints. Not bad!