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Re: The missing dollar problem
Posted:
Mar 14, 1995 11:09 AM


The missing dollar problem is, I believe the same sort of word play involved in the "extra finger" problem. Hold up both hands, start counting your fingers beginning with the pinky finger on the left hand"ten, nine, eight, seven, six" (reaching the thumb of the left hand). Now say, pushing the right hand forward, "and 5 makes 11". You can't count in both directions at once.
On Mon, 13 Mar 1995 DMcelwain@aol.com wrote:
> Hi, > > I am looking for The Missing Dollar Problem. I have a group of kids that > will find this one "interesting". I have searched high and low around this > house, and the problem is no where to be found. I am hoping that someone on > list will have it and post it. > > I am not sure exactly how it goes, but The Missing Dollar Problem is > unsolvable. It starts out describing a man who is paying his hotel bill. He > has $30 and the bill is $27. He tips the bellboy, and somehow gets some > change. When it is all done, he is short a dollar. > > Does anyone have a copy of the problem? > > > Thanks!!!!!! Diane McElwain >



