Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
December 2021
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A Pear Costs a Dollar

A Pear Costs a Dollar
An apple costs half a dollar while a pear costs a dollar. Bob at first bought an apple, then he thought: “I already paid half a dollar, and I have an apple that is also worth half a dollar. So if I give the apple to the shopkeeper, he would overall receive a dollar from me. That should be enough to get me a pear.”

Is Bob right?

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5 guesses to A Pear Costs a Dollar


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  • brent

    I don’t think so, but if Bob could somehow return a pair (of apples) the shop keeper may give him a pear…?

  • Frank

    No. The original 1/2 dollar was for the apple. Now he is just returning the apple which would allow him to get his 1/2 dollar back.

  • Papa g

    No Bob is not right.

  • Brent, you are today’s winner.
    No, if Bob were right then the apple and the pear cost the same amount. He is mistakenly counting his apple twice which is why he thinks he can exchange for a pair that is worth double the apple.