From Rags to Britches

The Puzzler

RAY: Now you noticed when I stated the puzzler, he was behind the car. He saw the car pull away from him. Obviously, he wouldn't have noticed a dent in the trunk.

TOM: Oh.

RAY: He wouldn't have noticed it had Mass plates.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: But there was something that he did notice when the car pulled away.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: That he forgot to tell the police, and when he walked over to the car to look at it at headquarters --

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: -- he had to actually go and look inside the car. And when he did that, he noticed the car had a manual shift.

TOM: Shift?

RAY: Because what he had seen when they pulled away was the momentary flash of the reverse lights --

TOM: Ah!

RAY: -- as the shifter passed from park, through reverse --

TOM: Oh!

RAY: -- and neutral into drive.

TOM: Oh!

RAY: And with the engine running, if the guy had been sitting there in neutral, he merely would have shifted into first gear, and taken off.

TOM: Of course.

RAY: If he were sitting there with the engine running in reverse, the reverse lights would have been --

TOM: On!

RAY: -- on all the time.

TOM: All the time!

RAY: If the reverse lights didn't work, then he wouldn't have noticed them blinking. He could only have noticed them blinking if they were working, and if the car were in park, and that made, forced it to be an automatic which it wasn't.

TOM: Wow!

RAY: Do we have a winner this week?

TOM: Wow, that is good! It just goes to show you how you have to be very careful before you accuse someone.

RAY: Exactly right!

TOM: Wow!

RAY: Well, that was, there was a moral in the story. I didn't mention that.

TOM: Yes.

RAY: But that was the moral of the story.

TOM: The moral is be careful.

RAY: Be careful.

TOM: Because those two guys laid a beating on Dougie that he's not going to forget for such a long time, and yeah, we do have a winner. It's Florence De Lucia.

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