Three Men And The Waiter

Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is $15. They each contribute $5.

The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return $5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the $5 between the three he simply gives them $1 each and pockets the remaining $2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid $4, the total paid is therefore $12. Add the $2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to $14.

Where has the other $1 gone from the original $15?

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The Wife And The Husband At Five

Every day, a wife picks up her husband at train station at 5.

One day he arrives early at 4 and he begins to walk home along the road which his wife would be travelling.

She meets him and takes him the rest of the way. If he would have waited at the train station, she would have arrived there at 5.

As it turned out, they reached home 20 minutes early.

What time was it when she picked him up

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