Got Change?

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. The bill was $13.59, so his change was $36.41 from the 50. And how would you get $36.41 change? You'd give the customer a twenty, a ten, a five, a one, a quarter, a dime, a nickel and a penny. So he's getting one of each of all the things that are in the compartments.

TOM: No kidding!

RAY: Yes. No Susan B. Anthony dollars or Sacagawea coins. Most cash registers have a place for twenties, tens, fives and ones, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. And that's about it, and the fifties and hundreds they stick in their pocket.

TOM: That's pretty cute.

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah. We have a winner. It's Chuck Yates from Pulaski, Virginia. And for having his answer selected at random from all the correct answers that we got, Chuck is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, which with Chuck can get any of our fine Car Talk CD collections.

RAY: I didn't realize we had any fine CD collections. I thought they were all more or less like our show, like lousy.

TOM: Well, it's artistic license. Congratulations, Chuck!

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