Curious Escalator Math

The Puzzler

RAY: The train riders are always trickling in, and one escalator is sufficient to handle the people who are trickling in. But when the train arrives, it's got a thousand people on it and they're all leaving, you need the two escalators going in the same direction to accommodate them. Otherwise people have to spend the night in the subway station.

Tell us who the winner is.

TOM: All right. The winner to this puzzler is Richard Waite from Seattle, Washington. And for having his answer selected at random from among all of the correct answers that we got (two), Richard will get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, where he can get, among other things, a distressed Car Talk T-shirt. Distressed.

RAY: Well, wouldn't you be distressed if someone painted Car Talk on you?

TOM: Yeah, well, I guess this style of shirt is also known as "pigment dyed." It has that worn out look. I mean we were kids when our mother would throw out a shirt that looked like this. But now you pay extra for it.

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