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    Karen Karns
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    please help me understand this???

    3 MEN GO INTO A MOTEL. THE MAN BEHIND THE DESK SAID THE ROOM IS $30
    SO EACH MAN PAID $10 AND WENT TO THE ROOM.
    A WHILE LATER THE MAN BEHIND THE DESK REALIZED THE ROOM WAS ONLY $25

    SO HE SENT THE BELLBOY TO THE 3 GUYS' ROOM WITH $5.
    ON THE WAY THE BELLBOY COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO SPLIT $5 EVENLY
    BETWEEN 3 MEN, SO HE GAVE EACH MAN A $1 AND KEPT THE OTHER $2 FOR
    HIMSELF.
    THIS MEANT THAT THE 3 MEN EACH PAID $9 FOR THE ROOM, WHICH IS A TOTAL OF
    $27, ADD THE $2 THAT THE BELLBOY KEPT = $29.

    WHERE IS THE OTHER DOLLAR?
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    Follow the original $30. At the end of the story, where is it?

    $25 of it is still in the hotel's cash register.
    $2 is in the bellboy's hand.
    $3 are with the three men.

    That makes $30.

    The intent of the problem is to confuse you by coming up with a sum that is close to the original $30.

    The end of the problem as written adds up the $27 the men paid and the $2 the bellboy has, which is PART OF the $27 the men paid. It's double-counting the $2 which, conveniently makes the total $29, a number close enough to $30 to make you think something is up.
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