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The Case of the Mysterious Hotel Television

The Puzzler


RAY: This puzzler is from my "travel and lodging" series. It came from a fellow named Tom Meyer, a long time ago.

TOM: Is there any chance that Tom is still alive?

RAY: Small. Here it is:

"A few years ago, I was on a business trip and staying in a nice hotel. I got up in the morning and turned on the TV, while I washed and got dressed. When I was ready to go to breakfast, I turned off the TV and went to the hotel's restaurant. After breakfast, I returned to my room and realized that I had time before I had to leave for my meeting. So I grabbed the remote, and tried to turn on the TV. Nothing happened.

"Figuring that the batteries in the remote had gone bad, I walked all the way over to the TV and pressed the power button. Zippo. Realizing that the maid had cleaned my room while I was eating breakfast, I figured she might have hit the plug with the vacuum cleaner, so I checked it. It was plugged in just fine, but just to make sure, I yanked on it and jiggled it. It didn't make any difference.

"The TV didn't say it but I figured, like my computer, it might need to be re-booted. So, I slapped it around a little bit, and then I actually pulled the plug out. I waited 20, 30 seconds, plugged it back in, and that didn't help. In desperation, I called the front desk, and they sent-- are you ready for this-- the house electrician to check on my TV.

"He goes around the back of the TV and he's looking at things. I don't know what he's doing. He asks me to turn on the lamp next to the TV.

"It works. He says, 'I see your problem.' And he fixes it without using any tools."

What did he do?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

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