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kermit

10-05-2003, 07:41 PM

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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kermit

10-05-2003, 07:51 PM

Why am I kidding? I've never seen anyone with an answer to it.

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.

confuted

10-05-2003, 08:53 PM

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.

joshdick

10-05-2003, 11:05 PM

This puzzle is overdone.

And this isn't a one liner.

adrianxw

10-06-2003, 03:22 AM

>>> 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.

kermit

10-06-2003, 04:08 AM

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.

kermit

10-06-2003, 07:39 AM

Quote:

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.

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.

kermit

10-06-2003, 07:44 AM

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.

give it up kermit, please

confuted

10-06-2003, 01:58 PM

Kermit said:

Where is the missing dollar?

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.

Ok that is not the problem.

Yes it was. You might want to read your problem again.

Magos

10-06-2003, 02:19 PM

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

kermit

10-06-2003, 03:52 PM

Originally posted by axon

give it up kermit, please

Axon, you demonstrated no ability to answer the problem correctly. However, you get two points for trying....

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