Join the Car Talk Community!

Race Against Time

The Puzzler


RAY: We're back. You're listening to Car Talk with us, Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and we're here to discuss cars, car repair and of course, the new Puzzler.

TOM: The new quasi-automotive?

RAY: So to speak. It's quasi-automotive. I'm going to have to drop some hints here and there, but I'll read it to you just like I got it.

TOM: OK.

RAY: This came via the Internet. The date is June 1996. You know, this e-mail's great! I mean, someone sends it - bang--it's right there.

TOM: Right there, and all you gotta do is read it.

RAY: Well, I pile them up, you know?

TOM: Well, I mean, yeah. June 1996, really?

RAY: This came from a fellow named Dan Gallagher. He says, "You guys are such turkeys. Last week's Puzzler was so incredibly lame, I feel embarrassed for you." That could have been...

TOM: Anything! Any one of a thousand Puzzlers.

RAY: And he claims to have sent this Puzzler before, and he could have. I think he might have sent it in '94 or '95 also, but I only got the '96 version of it. He says, "Here it is again." Now, pay careful attention!

TOM: Yeah, I'm gonna.

RAY: "In qualifying for the camel trophy off-road race, potential drivers and their teammates were told that they had to traverse a course in as close a time as their partners without the use of timepieces, like clocks and watches, etc. For example, the first man of the two-man team would drive the course. Through the woods, over bridges, through streams, and then return to the starting point and give his vehicle, his truck, to his partner, who would then drive the same course and try to finish it in as close to the time of his partner. So, if the partner finished in, say, four minutes and 25 seconds, the other guy would try to duplicate that. But how could he do that without the use of any kind of clock or timepiece? How could he possibly finish in the same time?

TOM: Oh?

RAY: That's the question. So, the guys that won the race figured out a way to finish in the same time. It had nothing to do with a string and a lighter, but it's close.

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

[ Car Talk Puzzler ]

Support for Car Talk is provided by:

Donate Your Car,
Support Your NPR Station

...and get a tax break!

Get Started

Find a Mechanic


Go



Submit


Rocket Fuel