Three people check into a hotel. They pay £30 to the

manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly

remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to

the bellboy to return to the people. On the way to

the room the bellboy reasons that £5 would be

difficult to share among three people so he pockets

£2 and gives £1 to each person. Now each person

paid £10 and got back £1. So they paid £9 each,

totalling £27. The bellboy has £2, totalling £29.

Where is the missing £1?

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whoa, what's the answer?!?!

lol, this is a trick que

Each effectively paid 9 which makes 27. This is 2 more than what the manager now has (25). The extra two is with the boy.

If u divide 25 by 3 it is 8.3333

If u divide 30 by 3 it is 10

Returning 1 to each man makes 9

but each was to pay only 8.33333

so each has an extra .33333

.3333 * 3 = .999999 --> that is ur missing dollar

The Q is worded to confuse and is actually incorrect.

Out of the £30, 25 is in the hotel till, 2 with the bellboy and 1 with each of the 3 guests.

If you must look at it from the point of view of the guests thinking that they've paid 27 in total, the other 3 is in their pockets. 27 + 3 = 30. The 2 with the bellboy comes out of the 27 not out of the remainder.

at last

they paid to hotel manager £25

and every one got £1 as return

and room boy has £2

so total £25+ £3+ £2=£30

effectively paid is £27 only when the boy returns £1 to three of them.& the room rate is £25 .The balance £2 is with the boy.

the correct answer is 27,why room rate is 25£ and bellboy take 2£ ;

other way

they pay £30 ,each person cost £10,and bellboy return £3 ,so their cost is 27,each person cost £9;

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