Backwards Engine Enigma
RAY: Where is Cleveland?
TOM: Cleveland is on the Ohio River.
RAY: No. How about Lake Erie?
TOM: The Mississippi River? Yeah, well I was thinking about boats.
RAY: Well you were --
TOM: I knew Cleveland was near water.
RAY: Then if you were thinking about boats and you had two inboard engines, you would want one of them to go one way and --
TOM: One to go one way and one go the other.
RAY: -- one to go the other way. Otherwise, the boat would just go around in circles all the time. You want the props to wash in opposite directions.
TOM: So that would really make it go nice and straight ahead.
RAY: I would think so. I don't really know, but that's what they do, and I'm taking --
TOM: Do they do that now?
RAY: How do I know? I don't even own a boat. The rumors are all false. I do not own a boat. I have never made a boat payment in my life, so I wouldn't know.
TOM: Buy, why would it matter? I don't, I don't like it.
RAY: It could be bogus. I'm just going on blind faith --
TOM: Blind faith.
RAY: -- and it seemed intuitively obvious that you would want the props to go in opposite directions. For symmetrical reasons --
TOM: If nothing else, but I don't think it's necessary.
RAY: I don't either. I think it's bogus.
TOM: I don't think it's necessary.
RAY: Hey. Who's the one who submitted this? Mike Lydon. He's the one who is going to take the heat.
TOM: Yeah. Ask him.
RAY: In fact, we'll give you his email address if it turns out to be bogus. You can send the nasty emails to him. I fell for it.
TOM: By the way, it ain't easy to get it to turn backwards.
RAY: Well, no. It isn't. That will be next week's puzzler.
TOM: Yeah. And since there, and here is why I think it's bogus. Since there are lots of boats that have two engines, it seems unlikely to me that some of them are running backwards --
RAY: Like half of them.
TOM: Like half of them, because it's not easy to do.
RAY: And if you had one engine, how would you get that to run backwards and forwards at the same time? Figure that out.
RAY: Do we have a winner? Did someone send an answer in?
RAY: I didn't think so.TOM: Why would we have a winner for a bogus puzzler? Yeah, we got a winner. The winner is John Wyant, from Carrolton, Ohio. Carrolton, Ohio. Right up the road from Cleveland.
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