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    Okay, not really sure whether this is in the right place, but anyways. I am moving onto a different school for sixth form this September and I was browsing their website. And I came across this on the sixth form page

    This is a famous puzzle:

    Three people are eating at a restaurant. The waiter gives them the bill, which totals up to £30. The three people decide to share the expense equally (£10 each), rather than figure out how much each really owes. The waiter gives the bill and the £30 to the manager, who sees that they have been overcharged. The real amount should be £25. He gives the waiter five £1 notes to return to the customers, with the restaurant's apologies. But, the waiter is a dishonest man. He puts £2 in his pocket, and returns £3 to the customers. Now, each of the three customers has paid £9, for a total of £27. Add the £2 that the waiter has stolen, and you get £29. But, the original bill was £30. What happened to the missing pound?

    I'll prob end up looking like a total idiot for not googling it but meh.
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    There is no missing pound. It's a counting "mistake".
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    Here's your answer:

    http://brainden.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=20
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    im confused
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    Think it through logically and there is no missing pound ^^. well 30-25=5, 5-2=3, 3/3=1 for each customer.
    I remember when my Geo teacher told us the 'puzzle' in class.
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    £25 + £1 + £1 + £1 = £28.

    £28 + £2 = £30.

    Hurr durr.
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    SHould be taking the £2 from £27 equaling £25 (£30 - the £5 returned = £25), easy
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    why would you add the £27 to the £2 in the waiters pocket to try and get £30?

    The bill total is £25 plus the £2 "tip" for the waiter , making it £27, divide by 3 people means they pay £9 each which they did.

    Silly puzzle tries to add pointless parts together to get numbers it shouldn't!
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    The real puzzle is how the manager managed to get £1 notes.
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    The solution to that bit is that the person who got the puzzle decided that changing it from dollars to pounds would make it easier for simplistic Brits to understand.
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    person at table decided to actually not eat another bread roll or something, hence a pound of weight not gained hence missing etc. Blah.

    Or someone went to the toilet and laid a pound... :yy:
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    (Original post by Sziphix)
    The real puzzle is how the manager managed to get £1 notes.
 
 
 
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