A Most Unsavory Cup of Coffee

Jun 20, 2005

RAY: This puzzler came from a fellow named Jim Kugler. It's, well... it's a few years old.

TOM: He's probably dead!

RAY: That's what I'm hoping for. Actually, he isn't really the author. He says, "This is a re-worked question from a Mensa quiz." So, he stole it from Mensa.

Did I mention that I had to obfuscate?

Okay. Here it is:

My friend Richard bought himself a fancy European sports car. One day he received a letter from his dealership asking him to stop by for a recall. The inspection would be completed within 30 minutes while he waited, of course.

Richard made an appointment, dropped off his car, and was directed to the waiting room. The hospitality hostess -- ¬Ěthis is a very fancy dealership, as you can tell-- pointed out the magazine rack, directed him to a cafe table, and asked him if he would like some coffee and a brioche.

Richard said, "Yes," and soon the hostess returned and provided him with a steaming cup. Just as he was about to put the cup to his lips he saw an extinguished match floating in his coffee cup. He called the hostess over to his table and pointed out the used match.

She cried out, "Mon Dieu!" She immediately removed the offensive cup and quickly returned, saying, "I'm so sorry, sir. Here's a fresh cup."

After he calmed down, Richard tasted his coffee, and then indignantly slammed his fist on the table, and bellowed, "What are you trying to pull? This is the same cup of coffee! All you did was take out the match!"
Answer: 
RAY: He had put sugar in his coffee of course, and when she took out the match she couldn't have taken out the sugar.

Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yes, we do. The winner this week is Cheryl Spencer, from Old Town, Maine. And for having her answer selected at random from among those two correct answers that we got Cheryl wins a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com with which she can get any of our fabulous Car Talk CD's.

RAY: What if we don't have any fabulous CD's?

TOM: Then she can get any of our El stinko CD's. We have plenty of them!

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