Missionaries Missing Starter Mystery

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's how we get the car started. We jack up one of the rear wheels and anyone who has ever started a lawn mower probably knows what we did. We carefully wrapped the rope around the tire in such a manner that the four of us were able to pull it. And when we got the tire spinning fast enough, the driver would just pop the clutch with the key in the "on" position and it would be tantamount to push-starting the vehicle.

TOM: Wow!

RAY: And the reason it works is that the differential is peculiar in that if you have one wheel up off the ground, only that wheel will get power and the other one won't and once the thing was started -- then we could simply put it in neutral, lower the thing down and drive away and hope that the knucklehead driving it doesn't stall it.

So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Fred Miller from St. Petersburg, Florida. Congratulations, Fred!

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