# Can you solve this Riddle?? RSS

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Last post Dec 23, 2004 08:25 PM by andrewphq

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### Can you solve this Riddle??

Hello: Here is a nice riddle that will decrease your productivity.... There are 3 guys... Each give \$10.00 to buy a \$25.00 bottle of Alcohol. The bartender has to give \$5.00 Change... The bartender puts \$2.00 in his pocket... and gives each guy \$1.00... So did you figure out how much each guy gave for the bottle? Did you count the money that the bartender has in his pocket? What happened to the \$1.00?? Good luck...

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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

As far as I can work out he puts \$30 into the till (each of the 3 guys give \$10), takes out \$5 as the change (\$25 is now in the till) puts \$2 of the \$5 change into his pocket and gives each of the 3 guys \$1 in change (3*1+2 = 5) as for what happend to the \$1, I don't see where \$1 dollar disappears to. Each guy looses in the transaction a total of \$9.3333333... the bartender gains \$25 in the till and \$2 in his pocket. No missing money! It didn't decrease my productivity. It's 00:58 AM here and I've just finished the new custom authentication system for my site www.dlpwd.co.uk, leaving the registration page for tomorrow (later today considering the time.)
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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

Hello: This is where the \$1.00 disappears... Each guy gives \$10.00, each guys gets \$1.00 back... So the total they have paid for the alcohol together? \$27.00 + \$2.00(that is with the bartender) = \$29.00... What happened to the \$1.00?

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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

ah yes, I see that now. I'll take another look later when I'm more awake.
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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

The total payment is \$30. The beer = \$25. The change = \$5. Bascially, read the change -- that is where things throw your off. Of that \$5, \$2 is pocketed by the bartender. Leaving with \$3. Three guys, therefore, \$1 each. It all works out. :-) .
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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

Hello: Well if you were the bartender, then you would probably do the math like that, having it equal the amount they gave \$30. But when the three people try to do the same math by doing 9 \$ multiplied by 3 men equals \$27 , plus \$2 bartenders pocketed money equals 29\$, not 30\$... Where did the \$1 go?

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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

Why would the three guys give \$10 and then multiply by \$9? The joke's premise is broken.
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The riddle is old. I admire his persistence though.

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### Re: Can you solve this Riddle??

He worded it incorrectly in the first place. But most of these riddles just require some abstract thinking -- I heard one for the first time over an interview and I probably surprised the interviewer when it took me 15 seconds to bring up the correct answer. Well... it took me like five seconds but I did not want to sound like I heard it before so I waited a further ten seconds :-D . The smartest move I ever did ;-) .
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