Thursday, August 18, 2005

Here's a puzzle

Here’s a really horrible puzzle to keep you on the edge of your seats. If/when you know the solution, don't spoil it for others. Thanks.
Three men share a hotel room, each paying his fair share of $10 for the room rate of $30.

Later in the night, management calls the reception to say that the room rates have been reduced from $30 to $25. A bellhop is sent to refund the $5 difference to the men.

Deciding that $5 would be difficult to split among three men, the dishonest bellhop decides to keep $2 for himself, and return $3 to the occupants.

Having been returned $1, each of the three men actually paid $9 for their lodging. Collectively, they have paid $27. The bellhop only took $2. What happened to the other $1?
The solution will not be published here. After Sunday 1.00am (+10 GMT), you can request for a solution to be sent via email.

Have fun, and hopefully you will get sleepless nights pondering the missing $1.