Standing By in Chicago

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. The first five spots on the standby list were the grandparents and the three kids and they didn't want to separate their group.
So they refused the four seats.

TOM: Right.

RAY: Next on the list was the couple with one child. They take three of the seats, leaving one seat. The next six people on the list are all married couples who don't want to split up. You wouldn't want to fly without your wife.

TOM: No.

RAY: She might want to fly without you! So none of the married couples accepted the single seat. It was left for this guy who got on the plane even though he was number 15 on the list.

TOM: Brilliant!

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah, the winner this week is Gary Ingersoll from Bloomington, Indiana. And for his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Gary is going to get from us a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at

RAY: Congratulations Gary!

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