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The Best Place for Fun - Missing Dollar Riddle


Here is the classic "oldie-but-goodie" riddle which we include here on its own page because it gets a lot of attention from riddle lovers!  It is a perfect example of what a classic riddle is: a play on words where the answer is within the words of the riddle - but not obviously found and which may require a little brain power to solve.  This riddle has been sent to us in different versions, but this version is the most common.

The solution given is the best explanation we have found - you can read it by following the link for SOLUTION.  But before you read the answer, give the riddle a try - maybe you can solve it yourself.  Our visitors have said that it "drives them nuts" trying to get the answer to this one, so you are forewarned.  Of course, you have the answer just a click away!






Three friends check into a motel for the night and the clerk tells them the bill is $30, payable in advance.  So, they each pay the clerk $10 and go to their room.  A few minutes later, the clerk realizes he has made an error and overcharged the trio by $5.  He asks the bellhop to return $5 to the 3 friends who had just checked in.  The bellhop sees this as an opportunity to make $2 as he reasons that the three friends would have a tough time dividing $5 evenly among them; so he decides to tell them that the clerk made a mistake of only $3, giving a dollar back to each of the friends.  He pockets the leftover $2 and goes home for the day!  Now, each of the three friends gets a dollar back, thus they each paid $9 for the room which is a total of $27 for the night.  We know the bellhop pocketed $2 and adding that to the $27, you get $29, not $30 which was originally spent.  Where did the other dollar go?












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