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**Riddle: **Three friends walked into a restaurant.

They ate food and had beverages worth $ 26.

Each friend paid $ 10 making it a total of $ 30.

The waiter came back with a change of 4 dollars.

The friends asked the waiter to keep one dollar as a tip.

The friends then divided the remaining $ 3 dollars among themselves.

Each got $ 1 dollar back.

How much did each friend pay?

**Answer:** The correct answer is $10 – $1 = $9.

Each friend paid $9 which makes it a total of $27.

The waiter took $1 dollar, which made it the 27th dollar and not the 28th dollar as written in the riddle.

Each friend got back $1, so that adds up to a total of $30.

The wordplay used in the riddle is only to confuse the person solving it.

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