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#1020: Meet Van Dweller, Junior

Original Air Date: 05.15.2010

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This week's Car Talk features a bonus return appearance by Tara, formerly of California. When we last heard from her, Tara was embarking on a cross-country move with her van-dwelling boyfriend, Curtis. Apparently, the trip went well-- very well-- because she and Curtis now need help choosing a name for their upcoming offspring. Also, a life lesson for Mark in California--never trust your brother when he's wearing plaid pants. And, a Subaru gives its life to save a neighborhood from a manhole cover; Josh in Virginia wonders where the line between "good son" and "cheapskate" is; and, a marital auto mishap has Corinna in Denver shocked into repeating "$1,100!" All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Geographic Oddities series, and more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A geographical oddity! From which US city can you go North, East, West or South-- yet always hit the same state, first? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Ted wants to repair a 2,500-page, three-volume set of books covered in mold from page one to the last page. How much did the repair cost? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray share a unique serenity prayer.

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by kirenos

I suggest "Ludwig van" or "Ludwiga van"; then you needn't explain the "van" (rather obvious to all with even a non-existent interest in classical music), beyound "what WERE you thinking. If you really wanted to, you could then give the real reason.

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Tara & Curtis's Child's Name

by Nobel

For a boy Van For a girl - Vanna Marie; same as Vanna White. She then has an alternate reason for the name. Lu

Name for Van Dweller Jr.

by PatRx

I've known several persons with Van in their names.. A female friend named Evangeline who was known by her friends as "Vangie". And, the owner of my local VW dealership's name was Vance and he did alright for himself in the community.. Then there is also another fellow's name.."Evan"

Favorite Moment: Love the show whenever I find myself near a radio on Sundays..and, I can commiserate with the fellow who couldn't remove his oil filter. I remember trying to remove the first filter on my new Vanagon..it was on so tight that the mechanic finally jabbed 2 long screwdrivers from opposite sides forming a "T" in order to get enough leverage..will getting a shower of used oil... It was the tightest oil filter that I've ever come across..in all my years of driving..

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