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The Puzzler


RAY: Ha! We're back with the third half of Car Talk, with us Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and we're here to discuss, of course, cars, car repair and the new Puzzler. Now, I do have some rather convoluted automotive puzzlers in my trash... What is it called? A grab bag.

TOM: A trash bag. No.

RAY: Well, most of them were retrieved from the trash bag, but since the kiddies are just getting back to school, I thought I would do something to stimulate... You know, cause they've been playing Nintendo for two weeks.

TOM: Exactly and now it's time to get the brain back in gear.

RAY: There are a lot of our little children that listen to Car Talk that are studying Algebra and I thought I would ask them to simplify the following polynomial.

TOM: Let me just write this down. Yeah.

RAY: OK.

TOM: Go ahead.

RAY: X plus A in parentheses times X minus B in parentheses times X plus C in parentheses, dot, dot, dot, dot times X minus Z which is the last --

TOM: Z.

RAY: Get it?

TOM: So, I mean. So, it's parentheses X plus A close parentheses.

RAY: Yeah.

TOM: Parentheses X minus B close parentheses.

RAY: There you go.

TOM: So you want --

RAY: I want the product.

TOM: The product of all those terms.

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