### A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The

A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.
“If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving this plate, I will give you \$100,” the man said. “You can use the match and lemon to do this.”
A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with \$100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?

1. FallingMoon
on November 30th, -0001

First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.

2. Chips
on November 30th, -0001

Stick the match in the lemon wedge so it is standing upright. Float this ontop of the water. Light the match and place the glass upturned over the lit match. As the match burns up the oxygen under the glass a vacum will be formed causing the water to rise up into the glass.

Wheres my \$100. lol.

3. BloodFlower
on November 30th, -0001

Put the lemon wedge on the water filled plate. Light the match and place it on the lemon so that is rests and still burns. Place the glass upside down over the lemon and lit match and watch as the flame burns up the oxygen and creating a slight vacum. Said vacum then pulls the water into the upside down Juice glass and the waiter collects his \$100.

4. TheProposal
on November 30th, -0001

I just read an answer.. but is that possible? I want to try it!

5. Cocktail
on November 30th, -0001

The previous poster obviously answered the question in the spirit of the riddle as intended. But thinking out of the box, since the challenge was directed specifically to the waiter, a simpler solution would have been to have someone else empty the plate of water into the glass for him.

Besides I’m not sure this would work. I will have to go home and try it.

Interesting riddle anyway.

6. Mayumi
on November 30th, -0001

I agree, is that possible?

7. CaptainCrunch
on November 30th, -0001

Excellent!!!! I just tried it. I didn’t have a lemon wedge so I held the match up with a small circular incense holder. The water looked like it started to bubble around the edge of the glass and it did draw in the water from the plate.
Cool!

PS as you can see I had no idea how to do that until I read the answers above…thanks guys!

8. KoolKermit
on November 30th, -0001

I think he took the juice glass put it on the plate and poured the rest of the water into the glass.

9. PoPCorn
on November 30th, -0001

the sacrastic viewpoint:

the waiter lapped the water up, mind you without touching the plate as directed, and spit it into the glass.

ha ha

come on, a little humor here.

10. zoona
on December 21st, 2011

First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.
You can try this experiment at home with appropriate supervision.

11. Darren
on January 11th, 2012

I would have sucked the water off the plate without touching it into my mouth and then spat it back into the glass, struck the match and set fire to the restaurant and eaten the lemon slice and still netted my \$100

### A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The

A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.
“If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving this plate, I will give you \$100,” the man said. “You can use the match and lemon to do this.”
A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with \$100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?

1. Species
on November 30th, -0001

First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.

2. SymphonyOfSound
on November 30th, -0001

simple put the lighted match on the lemon and invert the glass on it in water. oxygen will be burnt by the lighted match and vacuum will suck the water in.

3. Zoe
on November 30th, -0001

stick the match fire side out into the lemon wedge, light the match and stick it in the middle of the plate, then place the glass over the wedge, the match increase the pressure in the glass temporarily due to a temperature increase and gasses released from combustion, but when it cools the pressure will be less than atmospheric and the water will be pushed into the glass.

4. Rob
on November 30th, -0001

First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.

5. Jacob
on May 6th, 2015

It is easy you just stuck the match in the lemon to make it stand up straight and then when the match gos out it will try to get air and it sucked the water in.