## Math Riddle

z0s0_jp
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3 guys pay \$10 each and get a hotel room for \$30....the manager later realizes they were charged \$5 too much and gives the bellboy a fiver to give back to them. The bellboy says to himself..."I will give each guy \$1 back and keep the \$2" now the men each paid \$9 equaling \$27 and the bellboy has \$2. Where is the other \$1?
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I've heard this before, I won't ruin it for anyone who hasn't.. the first time I heard it, I couldn't figuare it out until someone told me :p
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Originally Posted by: z0s0_jp3 guys pay \$10 each and get a hotel room for \$30....the manager later realizes they were charged \$5 too much and gives the bellboy a fiver to give back to them. The bellboy says to himself..."I will give each guy \$1 back and keep the \$2" now the men each paid \$9 equaling \$27 and the bellboy has \$2. Where is the other \$1?

It was swallowed up in taxes.
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earthman buck
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I think I see the flaw in this problem, but I don't know how to explain it.
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grizzlymint
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Messed up. You look at it in the sense that they each payed \$9, then they theoretically only payed \$27 for the night and the bellboy pocketed \$2...bring you to \$29. Yet you look at it in the sense of only being charged \$25, \$3 were given back, bellboy pockets \$2. Brings you to a \$30 total. Strange....
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z0s0_jp
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I think I figured it out :D
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Dammit :mad: no I did not
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earthman buck
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Ok, I think I may have come up with the words to explain it.

>It makes sense at first glance to think that they paid a total of \$27 (\$9 each), because they paid \$10 each and got \$1 back. However, since the manager overcharged them \$5, the price of the room was actually \$25, which means they actually paid about \$8.33 apiece. So the manager has \$25, the bellhop has \$2, and the three guys have \$1 each.

25+2+1+1+1 = 30.
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I got it :p
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Originally Posted by: earthman buckOk, I think I may have come up with the words to explain it.

>It makes sense at first glance to think that they paid a total of \$27 (\$9 each), because they paid \$10 each and got \$1 back. However, since the manager overcharged them \$5, the price of the room was actually \$25, which means they actually paid about \$8.33 apiece. So the manager has \$25, the bellhop has \$2, and the three guys have \$1 each.

25+2+1+1+1 = 30.
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You got it.
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