# Where Did the Dollar Go ? Puzzle - Solution

### The Puzzle:

Three friends have a nice meal together, and the bill is \$25

The three friends pay \$10 each, which the waiter gives to the Cashier

The Cashier hands back \$5 to the Waiter

But the Waiter can't split \$5 three ways, so he gives the friends one dollar each and keeps 2 dollars as a tip.

They all paid \$10 and got \$1 back. \$10-\$1 = \$9

There were three of them 3 X \$9 = \$27

If they paid \$27 and the waiter kept \$2: \$27+\$2=\$29

Where did the other dollar go? \$30 - \$1 = \$29

### Our Solution:

It is all in how the question is asked.

When the friends paid \$10 dollars, they had paid \$30 in total.

When the Cashier gave \$5 dollars to the Waiter, the 3 friends had paid \$25 to the Cashier and \$5 to the Waiter.

When the Waiter returns 3 dollars, the 3 friends had paid \$25 to the Cashier and \$2 to the Waiter. \$25+\$2 = \$27 = 3 x \$9.

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