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    Missing Pound Puzzle

    Old puzzle but a good one...........

    Three friends share a meal at a restaurant.

    The bill comes to £30

    They divide it equally, paying ten pounds each.

    But the waiter realises he's made a mistake and should have charged £25.

    He gives the friends five pounds back .

    They decide to take one pound each and give the waiter a £2 tip

    So, each person ends up paying £9 and the waiter keeps £2, making £29 in total.

    What happened to the missing £1?

    11 Comments

    They have in fact paid £8.33 each, paid 0.67 each to the waiter making £27 and they each have a £1 each to go home that is £30.

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    Usha Rocks;1796457

    They have in fact paid £8.33 each, paid 0.67 each to the waiter making … They have in fact paid £8.33 each, paid 0.67 each to the waiter making £27 and they each have a £1 each to go home that is £30.



    they only gave the waiter £2:?

    They paid 27 including tip, which is nine quid each and then kept a quid each. That's thirty.
    uMMM... time for bed before my head explodes..

    This is VERY simple.

    The part which screws it all up for the reader is that they pay together .... so 30/3=10 each but receive the £1 individually with the £2 going walkies as a cherry on top.

    They pay together and get back £5 ... which should be returned jointly so they should really get back 1.66 each making them having paid 8.33 (NOT £9!!)

    And then obviously 25 they paid ... £1 each (but actually they paid 8,66 each) and thats 8 .... and £2 as tip.

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    or put it this way, they have each paid £9 and they have kept £3 change.
    The £2 they gave the waiter was already in the £9 that they paid, you can't count that twice.
    The £27 is made up of £25 restaurant and £2 to the waiter.

    sassie;1796465

    they only gave the waiter £2:?


    £0.67 x 3 is £2.01
    or £0.6666666666 x3
    £25 paid plus £2 to the waiter is £27 and they went home with £3 change.

    Cyrus;1796469

    This is VERY simple.The part which screws it all up for the reader is … This is VERY simple.The part which screws it all up for the reader is that they pay together .... so 30/3=10 each but receive the £1 individually with the £2 going walkies as a cherry on top. They pay together and get back £5 ... which should be returned jointly so they should really get back 1.66 each making them having paid 8.33 (NOT £9!!)


    They give 67p to the waiter making £9 so people can't count the £2 twice.

    Usha Rocks;1796457

    They have in fact paid £8.33 each, paid 0.67 each to the waiter making … They have in fact paid £8.33 each, paid 0.67 each to the waiter making £27 and they each have a £1 each to go home that is £30.



    I know what you mean but that explanation is confusing. Stick to findin out whats wrong with my motor :-D

    Usha Rocks;1796493

    They give 67p to the waiter making £9 so people can't count the £2 twice.



    Tamaytoes tamahtoes
    Same thing mate ... but from other perspective.

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