Throckmorton Bottomfeeder and the Spiral Tower
RAY: Here's the answer. What Mrs. Bottomfeeder saw was that the staircase was wrong. Now the medieval castles had spiral stairwells that when viewed from the bottom climbed the inside tower wall in a counter-clockwise direction. However, Mrs. Bottomfeeder's stairs climbed the tower wall in a clockwise direction.
So imagine you are the princess and the castle is under attack. You are in the tower. The attackers are coming up the stairs and wielding their swords in their right hands. If the tower was built correctly, in a counter-clockwise direction, the attackers would find it difficult to swing their swords freely because the wall was on their right side.
RAY: And the wall would be in their way. But the princess's defenders coming down the staircase would have no such impediment, and would have a clear advantage. But Mrs. Bottomfeeder is a goner since her expert masons built the staircase incorrectly. Who's our winner?
TOM: Our winner this week is David Anderson from Albion, Michigan. And for his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, David's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which he can get a set of Car Talk reusable grocery bags.
RAY: Congratulations, David!
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