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Where is the missing £1?

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Three people check into a hotel.

They pay £30 to the manager and go to their room.

The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to the bellboy to return to the people.

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 missing £1?

posted Jul 26, 2014 by Sidharth Malhotra

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The logic in the puzzle is wrong. If the debits and credits are properly accounted, account will tally. Total amount spent by the 3 people is 30-3=only 27. In that 2 was taken by Bell Boy. 25 for the room rent. Now the account tallies. So this puzzle only confuses the listener to make wrong calculation.

solution Jul 26, 2014 by Pandurangan Krishnamoorthy Harur



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