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Missing dollar (Posted on 2002-05-06) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Three poor farmers visit the big city for the first time. In the town, they visit a cheap hotel. The hotel owner is farmer-friendly: he has a room for 3 persons which costs only 30 dollars.

So, the farmers agree to pay $10 each. They pay and go to their room.

But then, the hotel owner realises that he has forgotten his super discount. The farmers only had to pay $25. So, he calls the bell-boy and tells him to give the farmers their $5 back.

But the bell-boy thinks: "You can't split 5 by 3 well. If I give them their $5, they'll probably have a fight." So he keeps $2 for himself and gives the other $3 to the farmers.

Now, the farmers each paid $9, that's $27 in total, and the bell boy kept $2. But together, that's $29!

What happened to the missing dollar?

See The Solution Submitted by charl    
Rating: 3.2667 (15 votes)

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Solution Soluton | Comment 23 of 24 |

There cannot exist any missing dollar since the transaction is evenly balanced.
Prima facie- the apparent misinterpretation,  that one may make, stems from the fact that the payments and receipts do not match, when in reality, they do. 

  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-04-01 15:20:19
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