So where's the other Quid?

cngarrod

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So where\'s the other Quid?

A little brain teaser for you that my daughter just brought back from school...

3 guys want to buy a TV, they walk into a TV shop and buy one for £15, each paying a fiver.

10 minutes later the Shop owner realises that the TV was on Sale, and should have been 1/3rd less. He tells his assistant to go and give the guys a fiver back.

The assistant leaves the shop and thinks i can't split this fiver between the 3 of them easily... i know i will give them back £1 each and pocket the difference of £2.

This means that the new owners of the TV paid £4 each for it.... which is £12, the assistant pocketed £2.... totalling £14..... so where is the other £1????

And before you say it... i dunno where you can buy a TV for £15 or £10....!
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

seen this but with a bell boy and a hotel - there is no missing quid cos your reconsiliation at the end is wrong.

Sorry to spoil the fun
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

ok.. i accept that my maths is wrong somewhere.. but where?

still fun cos i is thick and can't suss it!
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

it's great fun and will keep people going for hours if not days and your maths isn't wrong it a technical issue you need to ask an account about to get the answer, my mate who is one set this for me a while back.

Take it you don't have the asnwer then ? - I've hinted at the answer in the last posts so someone is bound to pick up on it.
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

Now will all the accountants who have just finished doing their 3 "T" accounts try and explain?!!!!

The answer is the Shop, £10 + Assistant £2 = Customer's £12. Straight double entry bookeeping. Can't explain why it doesn't work the other way round !!
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

The shop assistant made a mistake, he should have put all the dosh in his pocket and kept schtumm telling the manager he had given everyone their refunds

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cngarrod

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

errr.. thanks... at least i know why i never became an accountant!

Might also explain why i pay so much Bl@@dy income tax!

Cheers,

C
 

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like your style!

On another note... cheapest Garmin 126 i can find is £206.. sound about right to you?
 

cngarrod

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Thanks Peter... will be near them next tuesday, am gonna pop in and have a look and decide which one i want - more likely which one i can afford!

Cheers,

C
 

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Yup, it's an apples+ oranges problem. You cannot add the 12 to the 2, to get 14, because they're the same thing. The TV cost the 3 bods £12, of which £10 went to the shopkeeper and the other £2 was trousered by the assistant. The rest is a shoal of red herrings
 

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I must be well out of touch, I hadn't realised they were topping £200 now. Still! they are the best bit of kit around.

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

Hi Craig.
How many of us remember the word B O D M A S from your school days?
Bodmas
B-rackets come bef-Ore D-ivision and M-ultiplication, which in turn take precedence over A-ddition and S-ubtraction. (In junior school you possibly learnt about this rule as 'Bodmas'.

Do your maths, or the riddle in the above order and no errors (I hope)

Avagoodweekend Old Salt Oz……
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

I thought the O stood for "of" as in "half of" which is the same as multiplying by half and has the same precedence as division and multiplication.

I can't see how BODMAS helps with the above maths quiz as it only entails addition and subtraction which have equal matematical precedence?
 

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Re: fruits no semantics

I'm sorry but you CAN <<add the 12 to the 2 and get 14, because they're the same thing. >>
I'm also afraid the intrinsically correct oldsaltoz contribution adds little here.

It's all semantics there ARE 15 notes/coins and only 14 spent so what?
The original 15 end up 10 with the shopkeeper, 3 - 1 with each investor and 2 with the assistant, none are "missing". Each investor has spent 4 which gives the 10 + 2. The semantic hitch is to equate the 15 with the 14. It is much easier to understand if you imagine the investors putting 5 pounds down on the shop counter only then each getting 1 back and the assistant keeps 2 - everyone should see that there are still 5 pounds in play.

Anyway, this one is as old as the hills, anyone got a NEW "puzzle"?

Anthony
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

TV is £10.

Chaps paid £4 each which equals £12, less the £2 the assistant pocketed equals the £10 the telly cost!

Simple.
 

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Re: fruits no semantics

So how does jfm make a profit out of this then? He's got more angles than pythagoras, so his cut must be the missing quid?
 

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

Look there is no need for language like that on here! Sheez you'll be mentioning the IR next <BG>

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Re: So where\'s the other Quid?

They paid £4 each including the assistants £2, easy for us yotties, you stink potters never cease to amaze me. (only joking)

Buck

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