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# Brain Teaser

 Elliot Posted 11/13/09 6:11 PM Link to discussion Elliot Melrose, MAPost #: 15 I heard this the other day; wanna know if anyone has an answer for it. Three friends go to a motel. It’s \$30 a night, so they each give the manager \$10. Later, the manager realizes the charge is actually only \$25. He gives the extra \$5 to the clerk and tells him to return it to the friends. The clerk is dishonest, so he only gives \$1 each to the three friends, and keeps \$2 himself. The friends have now effectively paid \$9 each, and \$27 in total. That plus the \$2 the clerk has adds up to \$29. Where is the other \$1? A former member Posted 11/13/09 8:05 PM Link to reply Post #: 45 Hmmm...it seems the riddle is misleading, as the \$27 already includes the \$2 kept by the clerk. The guests may have effectively paid \$27, but remember that \$25 of it is still in the owner's possession. \$25 + \$2 stolen by the clerk + \$3 to each of the guest equals \$30. A former member Posted 11/14/09 11:58 AM Link to reply Post #: 1 From the point of view of the hotel manager:\$30 incoming, \$5 outgoing = \$+25 (gain)From the point of view of the clerk:\$2 incoming, \$0 outgoing = \$+2 (gain)From the point of the view of the businessmen:\$3 incoming, \$30 outgoing = \$-27 (loss)Losses are \$27, gains are \$27--there is no missing dollar. :)

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