# The missing dollar 7 replies

Jill

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8th July 2006

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#1 12 years ago

Okay, a guy I know named Kevin told me this riddle about a missing dollar. I can't figure it out. Can any of you smart mathematicians help me? The story goes like this: 3 guys decide to get a room and they go up to the clerk. The clerk said the room is \$30. Each guy pays \$10 dollars each. 3 x 10 = 30. So far so good right? Well after the guys leave, the clerk figures out that the room only cost \$25. He gives the bell hop (5) one dollar bills to give back to the 3 guys. 30 - 25 = 5. The bell hop can't figure out how to divide \$5 into three ways so he decides to give each guy \$1 dollar each and keep \$2 dollars for himself as a tip. So each guy really paid \$9 each. The bell hop took a \$2 dollar tip So it kinda looks like this ..... (\$25 + \$3 + \$2 = \$30) But each guy really paid \$9 each for the room. \$9 x 3 = \$27 But ..... \$27 + \$2 tip = \$29 What happened to the missing dollar?

Dragonelf68

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24th September 2007

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#2 12 years ago

You have to look at the \$5 seperatly to figure it out. With that said, i'll see if you can figure it out

Jeff is a mean boss

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28th July 2002

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#3 12 years ago

Check the clerks pockets

:D

The Dane

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11th November 2006

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#4 12 years ago

He dropped it on the way?

Dragonelf68

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#5 12 years ago

Think of it mathmaticly and look at the \$5 seperatly guys. 10-1=9 for all 3 guys. times all 3 of those numbers by 3 and you have your next equation. 30-3=27. 30-5=25. 3+2=5. 27+3=30. 25+5=30. Just to start you off on the right track.

Jeff is a mean boss

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28th July 2002

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#6 12 years ago
Dragonelf68;4204990Think of it mathmaticly and look at the \$5 seperatly guys. 10-1=9 for all 3 guys. times all 3 of those numbers by 3 and you have your next equation. 30-3=27. 30-5=25. 3+2=5. 27+3=30. 25+5=30. Just to start you off on the right track.

Math makes my brain hurt. I prefer blaming the clerk :D

There is still a total of \$30 between the 4 guys and the hotel.

Hotel = \$25 Bell hop = \$2 Guy 1 = \$1 Guy 2 = \$1 Guy 3 = \$1

Add it all up and you get \$30. Each guy only paid \$8.33 toward the bill, the rest of his \$9 went to the bell hop. He kept one.

The cream of the crop

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20th August 2003

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#7 12 years ago

The guys paid 27 dollars beacause that includes the 2 dollar tip for the bellhop. 25 for rooms + 2 dollars for bellhop = 27. Each guy (3) then got 1 dollar back. Thus = 3 dollars.

There is no missing dollar...And there is no spoon, either.

Jeff is a mean boss

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28th July 2002