# [Numeracy 449] Re: Monday Puzzle

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Chip Burkitt chip.burkitt at orderingchaos.com
Mon Aug 2 19:21:49 EDT 2010

This old chestnut relies on the reader's inability to think clearly
about the values being presented and what they represent. The \$2 in the
bellhop's pocket should not be added to the \$27 paid by the men. That \$2
is the /difference/ between the \$27 the men paid and the \$25 the room
actually cost. The difference between the \$27 and the original \$30 is
\$3, the amount returned to the three men. At the end of the story we
have three amounts which total \$30:
Cost of the room--- \$25
Bellhop's pocket--- \$ 2
Returned to men--- \$ 3
These three amounts can be taken two at a time as follows:
Amount men paid--- \$25 + \$2 = \$27
Amount actually refunded--- \$2 + \$3 = \$5
Cost of room plus amount returned to men--- \$25 + \$3 = \$28
The story refers to only the first two amounts. Clearly, it does not
make sense to add the \$2 a second time to get \$29 (\$25 + \$2 +\$2).

Chip Burkitt

On 8/2/2010 5:11 PM, Istas, Brooke wrote:

>

> Three men go to a motel to rent a room for the night. The manager is

> not there so the bellhop waits on them. He doesn't know how much the

> room is so he decides to charge them \$10 per person making the total

> cost for the room \$30 dollars. When the manager returns, the bellhop

> tells the manager what he did. The manager tells the bellhop that the

> room is not that much and gives \$5 dollars back to the bellhop to give

> to the men. On the bellhop's way to the room, he thinks about the

> trouble of dividing \$5 dollars among the three men so he puts \$2 in

> his pocket and gives each man in the motel room \$1 dollar back. Now,

> if they each paid \$9 for their room, 3 X \$9 = \$27 plus the \$2 the

> bellhop put in his pocket equals \$29 dollars. What happened to the

> other \$1 dollar?

>

> explanation. Good Luck this one is tricky but my adult learners love

> these types of activities.

>

> Happy Monday!

>

> Brooke Istas

>

>

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