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# Re: Missing Buck

• To: scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com, seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
• Subject: Re: Missing Buck
• From: "P.Rajendran" <rajendra(--nospam--at)mmind.net>
• Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:51:15 -0600

```Hi, Stan:

Have you received any answers, yet, for the puzzle?  Well, here is my solution

It is  a very cleverly worded puzzle in the sense that the disbursement and
receipt of money in different transactions are mixed up. Once the clerk returns
\$5 through the bellhop, then \$25 (\$30-\$5) must be balanced, and not the original
transaction of \$30.  So, as against \$25 chargeable for the room, the 3 guys pay
a total of \$27 out of which the clever bellhop keeps \$2.  Therefore, \$25
received by the clerk and \$2 received by the bellhop is balanced by \$27 paid by
the guys.

Rajendran

Caldwell, Stan wrote:

> 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?
>

```