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The Puzzler


TOM: That's really the wrong question, isn't it? Now that I think of it; now that I know the answer.

RAY: Why is it the wrong question?

TOM: The safest time of the year?

RAY: Ah, well.

TOM: See, it's not the safest time of the year.

RAY: There is no time.

TOM: It's just the data happened to show it because he was a moron, and all those jerks in academia kept paying for his research because they got no more brains than he had.

RAY: Well, I bet it took a long time to figure out ...

TOM: I bet it did. It took us a while.

RAY: Because there is a phenomenon that occurs, I think, the first Sunday in April now ...

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Where we turn our clocks ahead. And it occurs at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. So, if you were a police officer at 2:00 a.m., when you're supposed to change the clock ahead ...

TOM: You change it to 3:00.

RAY: You change your watch to 3:00. So it is impossible for an accident to be recorded between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. on that first Sunday.

TOM: That one day a year.

RAY: And that is indeed the safest time to drive. And, of course, nationwide there were some accidents when he did the nationwide investigation.

TOM: Oh, yeah.

RAY: Because there were a couple of states, Indiana and Arizona, that don't do daylight saving time, to the best of my knowledge.

TOM: Wow.

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yes, we do. And quite a little Puzzler that was. And congratulations to Doris Bailey from Burlington, Vermont.

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