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How to Save a City from Measles

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RAY: My hint was "measles," which has seven letters--like a phone number. And Dr. Potas suggested, are you ready for this?

1-800-MEASLES.

TOM: Get out! Where do you get this information?

RAY: I received this from a fellow named Marty Trope, who sent it in April 1994.

TOM: Let me see that letter.

RAY: See the date at the top of the letter, top right.

TOM: Oh my God. Eleven years to the day, almost. I've got to give you credit for not losing stuff!

RAY: I lost it for ten years. That's why I didn't use it. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Our winner this week is Constance Roy from Edgewood, New Mexico. And for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Constance will get from us a 26 dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can pick up a stainless steel Car Talk thermos which says on it, "Pure Massachusetts Crude."

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