22.05.2003 // Rack Your Brains // by Natalya Belinskaya

Shopping

Here is a nice little puzzle story to rack your brains.

A man phoned his daughter to ask her to buy a few things he needed for a trip. He told her she would find enough dollar bills for her purchases in an envelope on his desk. She found the envelope with "98" written on it. She bought $90 worth of things. But when it was time to pay, she did not have $8 left over, as she thought she would. In fact, she did not have enough money to pay for all the purchases. By how much was she short, and why?

Answer (select the text):
[ She was short by 4 dollars. She had read the number upside down. There were $86. ]

По материалам "Lihgter side of TEFL" by Thomas Kral

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