The Morris Minor That Could

The Puzzler

RAY: What he did, in fact, was he drove his Morris Miner as if it were an electric car. Using the starter motor and the battery, both of which still worked even though they were submerged, he turned the key and actually shifted up through the gears. As he got moving he went from first, to second, to third.

When he came to hills, he would use the opportunity to coast. When he had to go up hills that were difficult, he would downshift where necessary. Considering how big the starter motor and the battery are in this little car, and how small the car is, he was able to drive all the way across the peninsula.

Pretty cute, huh? So who's our winner this week?

TOM: The winner this week is Kate Laguza from Naples, Florida, of all places, home of Don and Dorothy Chalk.

RAY: Indeed.

TOM: And Allen Kaplan. For having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got Kate is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division of And with that certificate Kate can pick up a brand-new Car Talk unmarked bill carrier.

RAY: Which is really a Car Talk gym bag, right?

TOM: Yeah, but it actually says "unmarked bill carrier" on it, so you can load it up with unmarked 20s or dirty gym socks, whichever you have more of.

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