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# Re: Missing Buck

• To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
• Subject: Re: Missing Buck
• From: "PEC - Lake City" <pec(--nospam--at)isgroup.net>
• Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 16:56:19 -0500

```Stan,

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)halff.com>
To: 'SEAint Listserv' <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
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
\$30.
>They go up to their room, when the clerk realizes the room was only \$25,
not
>\$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?
>
>

```