So Who's Getting More?

The Puzzler

RAY: Let's say that Tommy starts off at a hundred bucks a week. If he gets a ten percent raise, he'll be making 11/10ths of what he makes now, which is $110 a week.

TOM: That was last year.

RAY: Right. When he gets his pay cut of ten percent he'll be making 9/10ths of what he's making this year which is 9/10ths of 110 bucks, which is 99 bucks a week.

I start off at the same hundred bucks and I get cut by ten percent, so what did I make, last year?

TOM: 90 bucks last year.

RAY: Right. And then I get a raise of ten percent.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: So I'm making 11/10ths of 90 bucks, which is, are you ready for this?

TOM AND RAY: 99 bucks!

TOM: So we ended up a buck short of what we had started with two years ago. And NPR saves two bucks a week. They're probably telling us, "Hey guys, you're right back where you were!"

RAY: Better read the fine print. Who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Tom Choice from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts - a local boy! And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Tom Choice is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at where he can order, get this, this our brand-new CD featuring calls about cars and animals.

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