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Basic maths

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Basic maths

How good is your three times table...addition and subtraction? Try this teaser.
Three salesmen go into a restaurant every Friday for a meal. They each have a £10 set meal.
After several months of this, one week, the waitress on the way to the till with three £10 notes, is stopped by the owner.
"They're good regular customers" be says " give them this back as a gesture of appreciation". He gives her five £1 coins.
Now the waitress has a dilemma. How to divide this evenly between the men. Simplest solution (and most lucrative for her) is to put £2 in her pocket as a 'tip' and give then back a £1 each.
This means each man has paid £9 (£10- £1).
3x£9 = £27.
Plus  £2 in waitress pocket =£29.
Where is the other £1?
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Re: Basic maths

There is no other £1

WTF
Grafter
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Re: Basic maths

Beaten to it!
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Re: Basic maths

Wrong way round on the £2.  Wink Question is "malformed".  Crazy
Each man paid £9 * 3 = £27.
£25 in the till, £2 to the waitress = £27.