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The common mistake in this puzzle is to assume the wrong number you should
be totalling to.

Originally, the three guys paid $10 each.  This total of $30 matches the
amount the hotel recieved.

After the refund, the three guys paid $9 each.  The hotel recieved $25.00.
The bellhop kept $2.00

Putting what was paid on the left side of the equation and what was recieved
on the right side of  the equation, the amount in question is no longer $30,
it is $27.00, and the math is 3 x $9 = $25.00 + $2.00.

David Finley, P.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan <scaldwell(--nospam--at)>
To: 'SEAint Listserv' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, January 28, 1999 4:33 PM
Subject: Missing Buck

>Every engineer needs to take a brief break every now and then.  OK puzzle
>solvers!  Lets see who can figure this one out first:
>Three guys go to a hotel, and get a room for $10 a piece, or a total of
>They go up to their room, when the clerk realizes the room was only $25,
>$30. So he gives $5 to the bellhop, and tells him to go rectify the matter.
>The bellhop then goes upstairs, and gives $1 to each guy, so they have now
>each paid $9 for the room, instead of $10. The Bellhop keeps $2 as a tip.
>Okay, you have 3 guys who each paid $9, for a total of $27, and $2 for the
>bellhop, which makes $29.
>Where did the extra dollar go?