The Palindromic Odometer

The Puzzler

RAY: The answer is, 1-9-8, 8-8-8. That's what he first saw when he looked.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: One mile later it was 1-9-8, 8-8-9, the last five are palindromic. One mile later, 1-9-8, 8-9-0, the middle four are palindromic. And --you're ready for this?

TOM: I'm ready.

RAY: You drive one more mile and it's 1-9-8-, 8-9-1, all six are palindromic. So who's our winner this week?

TOM: The winner is Tim Carnes from Ithaca, New York, and for having his answer selected at random from among the pile of correct answers that we got, Tim is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, with which he can pick up our new 20th anniversary hoodie. It's got our original Car Talk logo on the front with factory installed greasy fingerprints on the pockets, and on the back it says, "20 years and Still Not Canceled."

RAY: Congratulations Tim!

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