1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. Raven

    Raven Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    9,755
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    The NetherWorld

    The Riddle Game. (Test Your Wits)

    Discussion in 'Writing Prompts' started by Raven, Jan 17, 2007.

    3 Men Go Into A Motel. The Man Behind The Desk Said The Room Is $30, So Each Man Paid $10 And Went To The Room.

    A While Later The Man Behind The Desk Realized The Room Was Only $25, So He Sent
    The Bellboy To The 3 Guys' Room With $5.

    On The Way, The Bellboy Couldn't Figure Out How To Split $5 Evenly Between 3 Men, So He Gave Each Man A $1 And Kept The Other $2 For Himself.

    This Meant That The 3 Men Each Paid $9 For The Room, Which Is A Total Of $27, Add The $2 That The Bellboy Kept = $29.

    Where Is The Other Dollar?
     
  2. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    I love a good riddle.

    Here's my guess:

    The men only had to pay a total of $25, but they paid $27. The extra $2 went to the bellboy so therefore there never was a $1.

    Post some more I love to think.

    Was I right though?
     
  3. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    Ok. I'll post one. This isn't too hard. No cheating anyone!

    This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

    Just what is so unusual?
     
  4. Onoria Westhrop

    Onoria Westhrop Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    UK
    Dollars have.
    1) Men 30, desk 0, bellboy 0.
    2) Men 0, desk 30, bell 0.
    3) Men 3, desk 25, bell 2.
    Dollars paid.
    1) Men, 27.
    2) desk, 5,
    3) bell -2
    Still 30.

    You added the bellboy's money when you should have minused it from the total. Duh!

    Here's a good one I read in "The curious inicident of the dog in the night." stop if you know it already.

    A man is on a quiz show. There are 3 doors. Behind 2 of the doors is a goat, behind 1 door a car. He choses a door. The host stops him, and reveals that behind one of the other doors ( a door he didn't chose) there is a goat.
    The host asks - do you want to stick or change doors?

    In terms of the probability of selecting the right answer, as a purely mathematical proposition, what she he do?
     
  5. Onoria Westhrop

    Onoria Westhrop Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    UK
    No 'e' despite the fact that Sherlock Holmes informs us that 'e' is the most common letter in the English alphabet. I found it hard - had to paste it into word to really see it - kept thinking the answer might be that it lacks the word 'that' - in fact the grammar sucks...
     
  6. RobYoung

    RobYoung New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok - I will try to give it a shot.

    When the man first makes his guess, he has a one third chance of being correct. The host removes one third of the choices. Therefore, If the man picks again he has a 50 percent chance of getting the correct door. Therefore, to choose again will increase the oppritunity of selecting the correct door by 16.5%.

    Just my .02
    Rob
     
  7. Raven

    Raven Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    9,755
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    The NetherWorld
    You are correct.
    That was the answer.
    Well Done.
     
  8. Onoria Westhrop

    Onoria Westhrop Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    UK
    Correct! The man should change his answer! Well done!
     
  9. HellOnEarth

    HellOnEarth Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2007
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    0
    Heh, all exclamation marks!
     
  10. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    This is a famous riddle and unless my observing skills have been obliterated this isn't the actual answer.

    Follow this link and see if I've misread your reply:

    http://256.com/gray/teasers/answer.cgi?question=missing_dollar&referer=%23dollar&guess=&doublecheat=yes

    Perhaps there are two answers?
     
  11. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    Onoria was correct with the answer that there are no 'e's present.
     
  12. Raven

    Raven Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    9,755
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    The NetherWorld
    The Next Riddle.
    Riddle me this.

    A dog is tied to a leash 15 feet long. The dog wants to get to a bone that is 20 feet away. How will he get to the bone. :)
     
  13. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    I guess he'd be hoping that the leash isn't attached to anything but his collar, therefore he can run up to that bone and happily chew on it.
     
  14. Raven

    Raven Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    9,755
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    The NetherWorld
    Correct
     
  15. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, "If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50." The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he'll just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?
     
  16. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    When is a door not a door?
     
  17. SeaBreeze

    SeaBreeze Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,195
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    At the bar
    When it is a window of opertunity??? I dunno... my head hurts... I think it has something to do with your head or something.... :(
     
  18. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    Haha.

    No.

    When is a door not a door?

    When it's ajar.

    :D :p
     
  19. SeaBreeze

    SeaBreeze Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,195
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    At the bar
    Oh, very funny.
     
  20. HeinleinFan

    HeinleinFan Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2007
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    33
    The carnival fellow wins the bet by writing down the answer, folding it or pocketing it or handing it (folded) to the boy, and making the boy tell him the answer BEFORE letting the boy read the paper to check.

    Alternately, the man could write a large number of weights. (He never said he'd put just one number down . . . ) If he writes enough numbers, one of them will have to be correct.
     
  21. Sf Gr3y

    Sf Gr3y Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2006
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Badum tish.
     
  22. Bluemouth

    Bluemouth Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    The answer to the carnival riddle:

    The man did exactly what he said he would, he wrote "your exact weight" on the piece of paper.

    Badum tish.

    :D :p
     
  23. ItalianStallion

    ItalianStallion Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2007
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Wow thats cool
     
  24. Mcarpenter

    Mcarpenter Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    390
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    California
    This is a special year for three siblings. This year, the oldest sibling is twice as old as the middle sibling while the middle is also twice as old as the youngest sibling.

    How old are all three?
     
  25. Mcarpenter

    Mcarpenter Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    390
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    California
    Is this so hard or are writers just really bad at Math? LOL.
     

Share This Page