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    Riddle with no answer ?

    At college my engineering tutor told us a riddle or conundrum which has no answer, it's mind boggling.

    Riddle:
    Three people go into a restaurant and order a meal, the bill comes to £25. They each give £10, the waiter brings back £5 change. They each take back £1, and leave the remaining £2 for the waiter as a tip.
    So, they gave £10 and got £1 back, which means they spent £9 each. OK £9 x 3= £27 + £2 (for the waiter) = £29. What happened to the missing pound ?

    There has to ba an answer, someone tell me.

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    No missing pounds.

    Each paid (10-1)=9. Total sum paid is 3*9=27.
    Amount billed 25. Tip 2. 25+2=27.

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    If you want a riddle how about this:
    A barber`s job is to shave every man in town who doesnt shave himself. Does the barber shave himself or not?

    (Its a familar example in logic and proof-theorie)

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    This is one of the reasons I hated math as a kid.


    Ahhh, now I see
    Last edited by AbredPeytr; November 8th, 2008 at 10:26 PM. Reason: saw the answer :-)
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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    That's and old joke. It originally went like this.

    Three men rent a hotel room. Each pays $10 for a total of $30 spent on the room. The next day the hotel owner tells the three men that they over paid for the room as it only costs $25. The three men tell the owner to give them each a dollar back and he can keep two dollars.

    If you do the math, each man paid $9 a piece for the room for a total of $27. The owner kept $2 which brings the total to $29.

    The question is where did the other dollar go?

    The riddle does have an answer if you realize that this is a play of words and a misdirection of facts.
    Last edited by Zero Prime; November 8th, 2008 at 10:32 PM.

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    The barber is a woman.

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    You're adding the £2 when you should be subtracting it. The three men paid a total of £27 of which £25 was for the meal and £2 was for the waiter.

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    Quote Originally Posted by pp. View Post
    The barber is a woman.
    Ok, its a town of vatican ministrants... damn they have no facial hair.

    ...its a town of homosexual apes?

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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    Quote Originally Posted by pp. View Post
    The barber is a woman.
    Women shave too you know.
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    Re: Riddle with no answer ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrMega View Post
    Women shave too you know.
    but the restriction on the barber is to only shave men who don't shave themselves. it says nothing about women.

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