Christmas Meal Quiz Puzzle

Again this week we are reprising a previous year's Christmas Puzzle; one that still fools many, many people.

Three people went out for a Christmas meal in a very nice restaurant. They had an excellent dinner with some quality wines and were presented with a bill for £300. (We did say it was a very nice restaurant!). They each paid their share of £100 and prepared to leave.

At this point the restaurant manager realised that there had been a terrible mistake, and the bill should have been £250. She summoned the waiter and gave him £50 in ten pound notes to give to the three customers as a refund. (Anyone would think it is Christmas – oh wait, it is)

Now the waiter was a bit disgruntled with these particular customers, as they hadn’t given him a tip despite paying a large sum of money for the meal. Furthermore, how were they going to split £50 between the three of them?

So the waiter pocketed two of the ten pound notes as a tip and handed the customers a ten pound note each. The customers left and everyone seemed to be happy with the situation – the customers had received a refund, the waiter had his tip, and the restaurant manager had been paid the correct amount. But should they have been so happy?

Each of the three customers had paid £90 for their share of the meal which makes £270. And the waiter has £20 which makes £290 in total. But the diners paid £300, so where is the missing ten pound note?

As usual you can post your answer as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

We’ll give the answer and explanation on Monday morning at 9.00 as usual.


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