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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:46 PM
Posted 29 September 2007 - 01:30 AM
Hotel - Back to the Logic Puzzles
13 men came into a hotel with 12 rooms and everybody wanted his own room. The bellboy solved this problem.
He asked the thirteenth guest to wait a moment with the first guest in room number 1. So in the first room there were two people. The bellboy took the third guest to room number 2, the fourth to number 3, ... and the twelfth guest to room number 11. Then he returned to room number 1 and took the thirteenth guest to empty room number 12.
How can everybody have his own room?
The thirteen men are not 13 guests, because the second was the bellboy. Why else would he omit giving the second guest a room?
Posted 15 October 2007 - 08:44 AM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:33 AM
Before I read the solution (which was a total cop-out) I came up with a few things:
Guest number 1 was a pregnant woman and "guest number 2" was her unborn child.
One of the "guests" was a mule, horse, donkey, or etc. and and "roomed" in a stable outside.
Guest number 2 was led to a bar and got very drunk, conveniently passing out.
The bell boy led guest number two "to his room," murdering him on the way and stashing him in a disused service elevator. (A room just for him!)
... I didn't really expect any of those to be the answer, but they all turned out to be a lot better than the actual solution.
Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:50 AM
The "thirteen men not thirteen guests" approach works until you realize that there was a thirteenth guest, meaning there had to be twelve previous guests.
Posted 18 November 2007 - 11:10 PM
Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:30 AM
Posted 16 December 2007 - 07:56 PM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:12 PM
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