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#21 daftpunk79

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:19 AM

that is freakin crazy, i spent 5 min trying to figure it out...
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#22 namele

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 03:29 AM

lol i got confused a little in the begining but i found how simple it was after.

the bellboy has $5 and he gave each of the three people $1. Which would be $5 - $3= $2.

so the one of the three guest has the remaining dollar.
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#23 Scifiguy

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 01:05 AM

$25 for room + $2 for bellboy + $3 back = $30
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#24 tunedslick

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 02:49 AM

its supposed to be $28 for the group
30 - 5 = 25 + 3 = 28 +2 = 30
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#25 kymee

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:45 PM

Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totalling $27. The bellboy has $2, totalling $29.
Where is the remaining dollar?

He takes the five dollars & gives three back to the people $25 + $3 = $28 + the $2 pocketed = the original $30
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#26 jec

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 07:54 PM

this shows it better:

10+10+10=30=25+2+3 giving the $3 back gives =>

10+10+10+(-3)=30+(-3)=25+2+3+(-3) or

10+10+10-3=27=25+2
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#27 lilmadcafe

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:18 PM

each person actually paid $9.33 each for the room, so the $1 is with the desk clerk
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#28 xoQtPiox1

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 09:12 PM

I still dont get it. Can someone tell me how its done!
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#29 wardcleaver

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 05:27 PM

This is a great one. I learned it as a kid 40 years ago. It is simply bad logic. There is no missing dollar. You cannot figure that each person paid $9.00, they did not. The three of them paid a total of $25.00 and they then got a dollar each back and the bell hop still has two. Total of $30.00
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#30 spiralangell

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:05 AM

It's just how you write the math at the end that makes it so confusing, Each man paid 10 so 10 10 10 then subtract 25 (what the manager kept) and then subract 5 (what the bellboy had) and you equal 30. Sometimes working something backwards makes it easier.
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