To Stop a Car Thief

The Puzzler

RAY: What he did was elegant. He simply swapped two of the wires connected to the distributor.

TOM: Oh.

RAY: So he would take the coil wire and swap it with, say, number one spark plug wire. So all that would fire would be number one spark plug. So you turn the key --

TOM: And it doesn't start.

RAY: It doesn't start but it makes you think it's going to start. So you sit there, you pump the gas a few times, you turn the key and it goes va-va-va boom, boom, boom, va-va-va boom, boom, boom, boom, va-va-va boom, that does that several times and finally you say, oh this is a jalopy that's why they brought it in.

TOM: Exactly.

RAY: You go to the next car. It does the same thing, and you give up and you go home. Pretty good, huh? Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yah. The winner this week is Chris Birmingham from Nashua, New Hampshire, and for having his answer selected at random from among all the big pile of correct answers that we got, Chris is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, with which he can avail himself of any of the 20th anniversary Car Talk gifts at our online Shameless Commerce Division.

RAY: And don't forget Chris, re-gifting season is just right around the corner, so if you're not that excited about winning a Car Talk CD collection or a T-shirt, remember you can always unload it on Uncle Fred in a few weeks.

TOM: That's right, and don't forget that you also get a free Car Talk Plaza parking permit with any order. They don't actually entitle you to park anywhere, but they do temporarily fluster meter maids.

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