• 10-05-2003
kermit
Mooch, Earl and Shtinky all went to get a room in a hotel for a night. The owner said the room would be 30 dollars. If they split it evenly they each paid 10 dollars. After they had been in the room for awhile the bar maid came up and told them they had overpaid, the room was only 25 dollars. Since she couldn't split the 5 dollars evenly, she gave them each back a dollar and kept two dollars for a tip. Now they each have paid 9 dollars. So if they each paid 9 dollars, they paid 27 total (9+9+9) add the two dollars the bar maid kept and that only makes 29 dollars. Where is the missing dollar?

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• 10-05-2003
axon
you're kidding, right?
• 10-05-2003
kermit
Why am I kidding? I've never seen anyone with an answer to it.
• 10-05-2003
axon
its all about the wording of the question... if you say that together the room cost 25, and each got a buck back you get: 25 + 3 = 28, so each paid 9.33, and not 9.

I think the question is stupid, and it is a play on words...the logic is wrong.
• 10-05-2003
confuted
Gotta pay attention to order of operations.

There is \$25 in the register. \$2 in the maid's pocket. \$3 with the men. 25+2+3=30; no money is missing. Q.E.D.
• 10-06-2003
joshdick
This puzzle is overdone.
And this isn't a one liner.
• 10-06-2003
>>> Why am I kidding? I've never seen anyone with an answer to it.

Someone posts this "paradox" about every 3-4 months on this very board, always gets answered. Try searching, however, it might not be easy to find the right keywords - I can't be bothered.
• 10-06-2003
kermit
heh, should have figured it has been posted a lot on this board. Still, a clever problem nonetheless, and there are some gay answers to it on the net.
• 10-06-2003
kermit
Quote:

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Gotta pay attention to order of operations.

There is \$25 in the register. \$2 in the maid's pocket. \$3 wit
Ok that is not the problem. It's when you look at it the other way around. They each paid 9 the maid had 2...then it doesn't add up.

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its all about the wording of the question... if you say that together the room cost 25, and each got a buck back you get: 25 + 3 = 28, so each paid 9.33, and not 9.
How could they each pay 9.33 when they each got A DOLLAR back.
• 10-06-2003
kermit
When you are adding everything up, part of the money already paid went to the maid, therefore you don't add it at the end.

Each person paid 9 dollars to make 27 but two of those went to the maid, therefore the room cost 25 and there is no missing money.
• 10-06-2003
axon
• 10-06-2003
confuted
Quote:

Kermit said:
Where is the missing dollar?
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Gotta pay attention to order of operations.

There is \$25 in the register. \$2 in the maid's pocket. \$3 with the men. 25+2+3=30; no money is missing. Q.E.D.
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Ok that is not the problem.
• 10-06-2003
Magos
1) They each payed 10\$

2) The maid gave each 1\$ back, everyone now payed 9\$

3) Together they payed 9 * 3 = 27 = 25 + 2 = room cost + 2\$ tip
• 10-06-2003
kermit
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Originally posted by axon