Stevie and His Moto

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. Now I don't know if there's an algebraic way to solve this, but I know how I'd solve it. I'd put the two thermometers together. And it turns out that in the morning when the sun was out and it was balmy, it was 28 degrees Celsius which is 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: And, of course, assuming that whatever algorithm the thing is using it's rounding off to the closest number. And at night when he came home and it was drizzly and raining and ugly, it was 16 degrees and 61 degrees.

TOM: Wow.

RAY: It only works if the number is between 50 and 99 Fahrenheit because below 50 is ten degrees centigrade. So you can't reverse the digits if it's nine degrees centigrade, there's nothing to reverse. Anyway, who's our winner?

TOM: The winner is Karen German from Franklin, Tennessee, and for having her answer selected at random from all the correct answers that we got, Karen's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division which is at And with that certificate she can get an official Car Talk baseball hat, since it is baseball season now. We're going to sell Car Talk football helmets next fall!

RAY: Congratulations, Karen!

[ 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

Promo tile

Rocket Fuel