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Who Owns the Zebra – Free Energiser

Duration: 30 minutes

Intended for:

This rather well-known free energiser can be used as a logic puzzle and problem solving activity to help refocus participants or as a part of a wider problem solving training course.

It is also a good activity to use for a two-day training course where participants are asked to resolve the puzzle ready for the next day. This encourages them to communicate with each other outside of the classroom.

Training course contents:

A set of instructions for the free energiser, ‘Who Owns the Zebra’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. You can also follow the notes for the energiser below.

Resources Needed:

A set of instructions for each participant.

Set Up:

Explain to the participants that you will be giving them a set of instructions to help solve a logic and problem solving puzzle.

They will be presented with a list of facts about a series of houses in a street and their task is to use these facts to determine ‘who owns the zebra?’ and ‘who drinks the water?’

These two answers can be deduced by using the provided data to establish a complete solution to all the information.

The participants task is to resolve the puzzle in as quick a time as possible.


Discuss how the participants approached the problem, what worked, what didn’t work and what they might do differently next time. Was there a strategy? What was it? Did it work?

If one person or group of people found the task easier than others, discuss why this might be and what lessons could be learned.


Use your powers of deduction to answer the questions at the bottom of this page. The clues supplied give you all the information you require to solve the puzzle and you only need to use logic to do so.

The list below gives you information about a little street in England. There are five houses in a row in this little street. Each one of the houses has a different door colour and behind each of these doors lives a person of a different nationality. Every one of these people has a different pet, enjoys a different drink and works in a different profession.

1. The Englishwoman lives in the red house.

2. The Spaniard owns a dog.

3. Coffee is drunk in the greenhouse

4. The Ukrainian drinks tea.

5. The green house is immediately to the right of the Ivory house.

6. The engineer owns the snail.

7. The diplomat lives in the yellow house.

8. Milk is drunk in the middle house.

9. The Norwegian lives in the first house on the left.

10. The doctor lives next to the owner of the fox.

11. The diplomat lives next to the owner of the horse.

12. The teacher drinks orange juice.

13. The carpenter is Japanese.

14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Question: Who owns the zebra? And Who drinks the water?


In order to solve this puzzle, it is useful to order the information that you are provided with. You can start first by numbering the houses from left to right.

We know that the Englishwoman lives in the red house, so we can transfer that data to our chart. We also know that the Spaniard owns a dog, so again we can add that data.

By following this data, we can slowly build a complete list of information. This gives us the following facts…

House 1 2 3 4



Yellow Blue Red Ivory


Nationality Norwegian Ukrainian English Spanish



Water Tea Milk Orange



Diplomat Doctor Engineer Teacher


Pet Fox Horse Snail Dog


Therefore, we know that…

The Japanese person owns the zebra and the water is drunk by the Norwegian.


This free energiser is great for use as a stand-alone logic puzzle, or it can be included in a wider problem solving training course.

Who Owns the Zebra – Free Energiser


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