One Clutch Away from Love.

The Puzzler

RAY: Now before I give the answer, remember I gave the hint that it was nothing terribly unusual but there was something different about my truck that would prevent me from starting it by rolling it down the hill, and popping the clutch.

TOM: It was an automatic transmission.

RAY: That would have done it except that he did have the standard shift and he did have the clutch.

TOM: He did.

RAY: But it was a diesel.

TOM: Ohhh.

RAY: And when your battery is dead, you're not going to pop start, or jump start or push start a diesel because you need the glow plugs to work to heat up the incoming air.

TOM: And how do the glow plugs get fired up?

RAY: The battery. So if your battery's stone cold dead --

TOM: You're done for.

RAY: You're done for. You need a jump.

TOM: And his girl friend knew that. Wow.

RAY: Yeah. They have since gotten married. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yah. The winner is Nancy Moore from Milo, Maine, and for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Nancy's going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, with which she can get the famous, famous Car Talk Plaza baseball shirt worn by benchwarmers the world over.

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