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Bulletins Bulletin : Published and Discussed
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
From: Naaz
Subject:
*~*Are You Clever?*~*
Description:


Missing dollar:

Three friends check into a motel for the night and the clerk tells them the bill is $30, payable in advance.

So, they each pay the clerk $10 and go to their room. A few minutes later, the clerk realizes he has made an error and overcharged the trio by $5. He asks the bellhop to return $5 to the 3 friends who had just checked in.

The bellhop sees this as an opportunity to make $2 as he reasons that the three friends would have a tough time dividing $5 evenly among them; so he decides to tell them that the clerk made a mistake of only $3, giving a dollar back to each of the friends.

He pockets the leftover $2 and goes home for the day! Now, each of the three friends gets a dollar back, thus they each paid $9 for the room which is a total of $27 for the night.

We know the bellhop pocketed $2 and adding that to the $27, you get $29, not $30 which was originally spent. Where did the other dollar go????



People Discussion
Rony Salman
(Monday, August 26, 2002)

The trick is in the phrase of the last para, ‘and adding that to the $27, you get $29’, where the term ADDING deludes one to the obvious misinterpretation and miscomputation. The conundrum divulges when one realizes that the proper solution will be, ‘SUBTRACTING bellhop’s 2$ from 27, not ADDING’, and hence the computation goes in the reverse direction: after taking back the 3$, the boys finally pay 27$, the bellhop gets 2 and the hotel clerk gets 25.

Sorry for ruining the fun of the riddle!


Naaz
(Tuesday, August 27, 2002)

Hahaha....it's okay...you didn't ruin it...as long as you got it...seems like you are pretty clever...or else you've seen heard this before...

Naaz
(Tuesday, August 27, 2002)

Hahaha....it's okay...you didn't ruin it...as long as you got it...seems like you are pretty clever...or else you've seen heard this before...


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