A Calmer, Tanner, Fatter Tommy!
RAY: Here's the answer. If you notice, the first letter in each of the words is from farther down in the alphabet than all the subsequent letters. And if we assigned a number to every letter in the alphabet, so that A is one, B is two, C is three and so on.
TOM: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
RAY: Then the numerical place in the alphabet of the first letter is equal to the sum of the numerical places of all the other letters. For example, Table: T is 20, A is 1, B is 2, L is 12, E is 5, so 1 plus 2 plus 12 plus 5 -
TOM: Is 20.
TOM: What are the chances of that?
RAY: So write the letters of the alphabet out, put numbers underneath them and see what you come up with. Anyway, do we have a winner?
TOM: Yes, our winner this week is Mindy Nissenberg from Atlanta, Georgia, and for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Mindy's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can get a set of four Car Talk reusable shopping bags.
RAY: Congratulations, Mindy!
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