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Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.


Puzzle ID:#37066
Fun:*** (2.4)
Difficulty:*** (2.82)
Submitted By:dunchen22Aus****!




There was a new and very popular Emperor in a small country in the Pacific Ocean. The country consisted of two small islands 3 miles apart. The only way to get to the other island was an old, small ferry boat. The new Emperor was very progressive and wanted to shape up the community to attract tourists and hopefully new residents to stop the population from shrinking.

He decided to connect the islands by a new bridge. Everyone knew the job would be difficult and dangerous, and when he put out the word only two companies were even willing to attempt it.

Company A was the first to offer and said they could do it for $800,000. When the Emperor told the contractor of Company B what Company A offered, the contractor of Company B said they could not do it for less than $1,000,000. The Emperor took a while to think it over. Contractor B, being very smart and confident, came back to the Emperor and said, "Sir, I will give you an offer you cannot refuse. The decision is completely up to you in the end, but you can pay me $200,000, $750,000, or $1,000,000 for the job." Contractor B proceeded with his details and the Emperor immediately accepted his offer. Company B ended up being paid $1,000,000 for the job. Contractor B did not lie, cheat, or swindle the Emperor in any way. He is a very honest businessman.

Why did Company B's offer sound so good to the Emperor, and more importantly, how did Company B end up with the highest amount?

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