Man & Woman Walking
TOM: I mean, the only thing I can assume is that there is a third dimension involved.
RAY: There is a third dimension. It's right up. This is going to elicit a few groans, I'm sure. But, I mean, as is often the case, the Puzzler is better than the answer.
TOM: Often the case?
RAY: Sometimes the case. And it's important that you have a mediocre Puzzler once in a while so you can differentiate it from the stellar Puzzlers, which are most of them.
TOM: Oh! Yeah. Well, I mean, some of the best Puzzlers have had lousy answers.
TOM: I mean, the bicycle Puzzler, for example. I mean, that was a classic. The answer, on the other hand -
RAY: Stinko. Well, anyway, the answer, simply, here is that they are both walking side by side, each on treadmills.
TOM: Ah! I didn't think that. Oh, man! On tread, of course. They could have held hands. They would have fallen off the treadmill and broken a hip.
RAY: No, you could theoretically hold hands.
TOM: You could theoretically hold hands.
RAY: And all the conditions are met. They walk side by side, one never getting ahead of the other.
TOM: Of course.
RAY: Except, the husband, in order to travel five or six miles, or at least a greater distance than she --
RAY: Just took more steps.
TOM: Well, that's the problem I was having with the third dimension. Because if, for example, the husband was walking --
RAY: Was running upstairs.
TOM: -- up and down, up and down a ridge.
TOM: He was some - I couldn't imagine what this place would be. She's on level ground, and he's going up and down, up and down, up and down.
RAY: Ah, but see, you had the analog of the treadmill.
TOM: I did have the analog of the treadmill.
RAY: And you couldn't make that step because you're a bonehead. A few years ago, you would have done it, but --
TOM: I mean, there was a time when the synapses actually worked.
RAY: Used to click, huh?
TOM: Yeah. OK. Not anymore.
RAY: Do we have a winner?TOM: Yes, we do. The winner is Christina Van Rye from Salt Lake City, Utah.
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