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Gotchas


GotchaPuzzle 1

Puzzle IconThree people check into a hotel.

They pay £30 to the manager and go to their room.

The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to the porter to return to the people.

On the way to the room the porter reasons that £5 would be difficult to share among three people so they keep £2 and give £1 to each person.

Now each person paid £10 and got back £1.

So they paid £9 each, totalling £27. The porter has £2, totalling £29.

Where is the missing £1?

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[Ref: ZVTU]  


GotchaPuzzle 2

Puzzle IconIf you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp.

You only have one match, so what do you light first?

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[Ref: ZVDJ]  


GotchaPuzzle 3

Puzzle IconRead each line aloud without making any mistakes.

If you make a mistake you MUST start again without going any further.

This is this puzzle
This is is puzzle
This is how puzzle
This is to puzzle
This is keep puzzle
This is someone puzzle
This is busy puzzle
This is for puzzle
This is about puzzle
This is forty puzzle
This is seconds! puzzle

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[Ref: ZSJE]  


GotchaPuzzle 4

Puzzle IconThe other day I was sitting in my local tavern, The Spyglass, which overlooks the sea, when in sailed my old friend the pirate Captain Conan Drum. "Well, shiver me barnacles!" he roared on seeing me. He too is a bit of a puzzle addict and so, after joining me for a glass of milk and telling me about his latest exploits on the high seas, he couldn't resist showing me his latest conundrum.

He reached into one of his jacket pockets and produced seven gleaming £5 coins, which he then proceeded to arrange on the table in front of me exactly as shown below. "Now, me lad." he said, with a mischievous look in his eyes. "I'll wager you'll not be able to solve this one. Take away two coins from this here arrangement to leave five coins across and three coins going down."

It was clear the wily old sea dog still had one or two tricks up his sleeve, as I couldn't for the life of me see how it could be done. Can you see through his skulduggery and solve it?

Coins

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[Ref: ZFSL] © Lloyd King.
Lloyd has created an excellent book of lateral puzzles
 

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