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The Missing Dollar Puzzle

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Three people check into a hotel room that costs $30. They each contribute $10, handing $30 to the hotel clerk. Later, the clerk realises the room only costs $25. To rectify this, the clerk gives $5 to the bellboy and asks him to return it to the three guests. 

The bellboy, however, decides to keep $2 for himself and gives $1 back to each of the three guests. Now, each guest has paid $9 (totaling $27) and the bellboy has $2, which makes $29.


Where is the missing Dollar?



The Answer

The puzzle is designed to be misleading. The guests have indeed paid $27 in total: $25 for the room and $2 for the bellboy. There's no missing Dollar.The trick is in the way the question is phrased; it leads you to think of the $27 as separate from the bellboy's $2, when in fact it includes it.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specialising in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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