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# Riddle Debate

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The_Master_Riddler
 Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point Started: 12/13/2012 Category: Entertainment Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period Viewed: 749 times Debate No: 28187
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 Pro This is another debate. Here is the format of this "debate". In this round, I will say the riddle, and the opponent will try to guess. Please note, you can only pick one final answer. If I stump the opponent, i get seven points. And if the opponent gets it correct, he gets the seven points. This is a classical riddle.Riddle; 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????This may be easy... but my friend asked me this and I didn't get it. So I'm seeing if The_Master_Riddler will get it Correct. Report this Argument Con That's not possible.25(rent)+3(money got back)+2(bellhopper took)= 30They don't call me The_Master_Riddler for nothing.Report this Argument Pro Sadly, you are incorrect. The answer to this riddle was simple. There is an initial \$30 charge. It should have been \$25, so \$5 must be returned and accounted for. \$3 is given to the 3 friends, \$2 is kept by the bellhop - there you have the \$5. The trick to this riddle is that the addition and subtraction are done at the wrong times to misdirect your thinking - and quite successfully for most. Each of the 3 friends did indeed pay \$9, not \$10, and as far as the friends are concerned, they paid \$27 for the night. But we know that the clerk will tell us that they were charged only \$25 and when you add the \$3 returned with the \$2 kept by the bellhop, you come up with \$30. Since he didn't get it right, I get all seven points. Report this Argument Con Wait, I just indicated that there was still 30 dollars. I did solve the riddle. Nothing happened to the dollar. I proved that with the mathematical equation above in round one.Report this Argument
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Posted by EHS_Debate 5 years ago
You both answered it wrong. CON needed to explain the theory behind where the \$1 went. PRO didn't tell us where it went either. It's easy to add and do math, but that wasn't the riddle.

Sure the math was right, but you should be saying that the renters "believe" they paid \$9 each. When in actuality one of them paid \$8, the other \$8, and the last \$9. Then you can add the \$3 returned and the \$2 the bell-hop gets, equaling \$30.

You shouldn't get anything for just saying "not possible," and giving us simple math without the theory behind it.
Posted by The_Master_Riddler 5 years ago
When I said it was not possible, I meant it under the context that the dollar was never missing. Duh! I was trying to say through the mathematical equation that there was an error in how much money there was. The Boss was infering in the first round that somehow there was 30 dollars first and now there is 29 dollars left. I was saying that it is not possible for the dollar to have gone missing under the circumstances given by The Boss.
Posted by DebaterAgent 5 years ago
But con, you still said it is impossible
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