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The Missing Dollar Riddle - 3 Men in a Restaurant

Updated on May 11, 2013

This is one of the most puzzling riddles in history. Even when you know the answer, it still leaves you feeling a little confused.

The story goes like this ...

The Missing Dollar ...

Three men went to have lunch in a restaurant. They ordered their meal, and the total charge came to $30. Each man paid $10.

However, the restaurant manager realised that he had overcharged them by $5, so he asked the waiter to return the $5 to them.

Unfortunately, the waiter was dishonest, and thinking that $5 could not be divided by three, he pocketed $2 and gave each man just $1 back.

Therefore, the men actually paid $9 each, or a total of $27 for the meal.

Add to that the $2 that the waiter kept, and that totals $29.

So ........ what happened to the missing dollar?

Answer Below ... Don't Peek!!

The Answer

The cost of the meal was $30 less $5 = $25. The three men paid a total of $27 (3 x $9) ... $25 for the meal and $2 for the waiter. The confusion comes from mistakenly adding $27 and $2 and getting the meaningless figure of $29.

Still confused? You are not alone!


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      kitteekat 4 years ago

      there is no missing dollar $25 for the meal $1 per man =$3 plus $2 waitress kept = $30

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      Kandaswamy 9 years ago

      good work...

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Ah, this I know already, but thanks for posting such stuff!