Every one is familiar with the difficulties that frequently arise over the
giving of change, and how the assistance of a third person with a few coins in
his pocket will sometimes help us to set the matter right.
Here is an example.
An Englishman went into a shop in New York and bought goods at a cost of
The only money he had was a dollar, a three-cent piece, and a
The tradesman had only a half-dollar and a quarter-dollar.
another customer happened to be present, and when asked to help produced two
dimes, a five-cent piece, a two-cent piece, and a one-cent piece.
How did the
tradesman manage to give change?
For the benefit of those readers who are not
familiar with the American coinage, it is only necessary to say that a dollar is
a hundred cents and a dime ten cents.
A puzzle of this kind should rarely cause
any difficulty if attacked in a proper manner.