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    Je ne suis pas Francais Array nutcracker's Avatar
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    think you smart ?

    3 men go into a motel. The desk clerk said the room was $30,
    so each man paid $10 and went to the room. A while later, the desk clerk realized the room was only $25, so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys room with $5. On the way, the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split $5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man $1 and kept the other $2 for himself. This meant that the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27. Add to that the $2 the bellboy kept and the total is $29. Where is the
    other dollar ?
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    '04 R1 - You are mine! Array FloMan's Avatar
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    Yes please! Oh! That wasn't a question?
    You have to put linguistic influences aside in order to solve this one. I think that the problem is that you are being missled by the word add when it comes to the $2 that the bell boy kept
    You shouldn't add the $2 but rather deduct it from $27 which the men ended up paying. If you do that the remaining value is $25 which is what the room costs.

    If you break it down from a different angle, and try to locate all the money that has changed hands you have this:

    Men are at -27
    Motel is at +25
    Bell boy is at +2
    zero value ....which proves the mathemtical acquracy of this reversed calculation
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    Huge Tool Array Andrew's Avatar
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    Yeah, the problem is in the line "Add to that the $2" because if you view the Motel and the Bellboy as the same body, the hotel/bellboy have $27 (25+2) and the men have spent $27 (3x9) so there's an even money exchange.
    Blah, blah, blah . . .

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    Hahaha... I remember solving this riddle for my friend back in high school.
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    Twins Are Better Array IcemanRR's Avatar
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    the bell boy should have been honest and given back the 1.66 for each guy... thrown a penny in the well and gotten on with his day. he shouldnt have expected a tip at such a cheap hotel anyways, and besides the front desk guy made a mistake, which would have pissed me off enough to tell the bell boy to pound sand!

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