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#0743: The Andy Letter Meets The Informational Cascade

Original Air Date: 10.27.2007

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This week on Car Talk, one of our most memorable listener letters adds a third dimension. The "Andy Letter" asked whether two people who don't know what they're talking about know more or less than one person who doesn't know what he's talking about. Now, we're adding a third know-nothing to the mix. Does the "veritable pas de deux of breathtaking speculation" increase exponentially? Later, our Call of the Week features Stefan, who's wondering if it's time to let go of Grandma's '90 Olds Cutlass. His wife calls it the "ca ca" car, so we know where she stands, but are Tom and Ray ready to send it to the crusher? On Stump the Chumps, find out whether we correctly diagnosed a case of "cardboard fuel pump" syndrome. And, wondering what to do with your hands during a long drive? We've got some actual useful advice. All this, a new puzzler, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

From the 'daughters and sons' series. In a certain family, each daughter has the same number of brothers and sisters. Each son has twice as many sisters than brothers. What's the right count? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

From Ray's 'shipping and commerce' series. In colonial times, there was an item of cargo that frequently caused shipwrecks. It is still transported, and probably an item you have in your house today. What is it? Find out!

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The Car Talk informational cascade, and the fabled "Andy Letter."

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The fabled Andy Letter

Listener Andy thanks Tom and Ray for solving a long-standing problem.  Good work, guys!  Or was it...

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