Bringing a Dead Bug Back to Life

The Puzzler

RAY: This puzzler is automotive, but it's within the grasp of just about anyone.

TOM: Even we could know the answer!

RAY: This was sent in fairly recently by a fellow named Morris Maduro. You can see the degree of obfuscation and declarification to which I had to resort...

TOM: There's a lot of scribbling on that piece of paper!

RAY: Here it is:

My friend Bob used to drive a VW Beetle. It was an old one, from the '60s. One day when he came into work a few minutes late, I asked him what was going on. He said that his battery died. I asked, "So you got a lift in?"

He said, "No, I didn't."

"Well, did you get a boost from a friend?"


"Did you get a new battery?"

"Nope, the dead one is still in the car, under the seat." Which is where VW had placed the battery in the Bugs from that era.

"Did you at least lift the seat?" I asked.

He said, "That's the same question my girlfriend always asks me! No, I didn't lift the seat."

"Did you push start it?"

"No," he said. "You know I park the car in a garage at the bottom of a hill."

"Gee, Bob, it sounds like you willed it to start! Did you even pop the rear hood?"

"No, but I did open the front hood."

"Are you trying to trick me? I know the engine's in the back on a Beetle. "

"No, I'm not trying to trick you. I started the car by myself, but I didn't even touch the engine or the battery. However, I did open the front hood, and I used something I found under that hood to start the car."

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