#1
3 men go into a hotel. The man behind the desk says that the room is £30, so each of the men pays £10 and they go to the room.

A while later the man behind the desks realizes that the room is 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 the £5 evenly between them so he gave each man £1 and kept the other 2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid £9 pound for the room, which is a total of £27, add the £2 that the bellboy kept = £29


Where is the other pound?


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#3
that is confusing
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some of my friends had this problem the other week trying to buy a DVD player or something. Minor haemoragging was experienced by all trying to figure out wtf was going on.
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#6
They each paid nine dollars, and there were three of them. Three times nine is twenty-seven. The other three dollars out of the original thirty was split between them, one dollar each. That's the total thirty dollars.

So, where's the twenty-seven dollars they paid? Twenty-five of it is in the register downstairs, the other two dollars is in the bell boy's pocket.
#8
They paid £10 each, and there was £5 back, the bellboy kept £2 leaving £28, and they got £1 each which leaves £25 paid for the room, there's no missing pound.


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#10
they paid £30 in total so with a pound given back to each one £30-3 = £27 so they poaid £27 in total. then the bellboy kept £2 so £27-2 = £25.

i dont think that explains it though lol.
#12
30-5=25

then the bellboy brought them each one back. 25+3=28 (+the 2 he kept still=30)

28/3=9.33333333333333333333

that .33333333 times 3 makes up that "extra" 1.
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My great-uncle used to tell this one, I could never figure it out. Only his was ffaaarr more complicated, he put the old shillings and everything in his version
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3 men go into a hotel. The man behind the desk says that the room is £30, so each of the men pays £10 and they go to the room.

A while later the man behind the desks realizes that the room is 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 the £5 evenly between them so he gave each man £1 and kept the other 2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid £9 pound for the room, which is a total of £27, add the £2 that the bellboy kept = £29


Where is the other pound?


Thought that would give you something to do


highlighted the flaw.

the £2 is already in the 27 they paid for the room.
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#18
In the end the men each have £-9 the bellboy has £2 and the hotel £25.

Therefore the sum of what the men have (£-27) and the hotel + bellboy is 0. which is perfectly correct. No pound has gone missing.

In the end each man payed £28 (the £25 they payed + the £3 they got back) divided by 3.
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#19
they gave 27 dollars to hotel but they didn't give 2 dollars to bellboy ! so why you sum 27 and 2 ? so you try to mislead reader with this point!
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#20
From a mathematical standpoint, it is incorrect to "add" 2 pounds to the 27 pounds. What you do is you subtract 2 from 27 and you get 25. 25 is how much the room cost, so there you go. There is no missing pound, it's simply misleading the way it's told (you can't "add" 2 to the 27 since the 2 is already part of the 27).

Think about it this way. If they paid 9 pounds each, thats 27 pounds that the "HOTEL" has and 3 pounds that the "MEN" have. The bellboy's amount is part of the "HOTEL's" so you can't add 2 to 27.
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#21
No, it means the men paid 30 pounds , got jipped of two (28) and got 1 pound back each (25)

The last part of the riddle is a fallacy and is meant to throw off the reader.


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#25
You're going the wrong way round, it should be £27 MINUS the £2 the bellboy took, then it makes sense!
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