Tommy Makes an Ingenious Repair

The Puzzler

RAY: If you guessed that he patched up the hole with the candy bar, that would be clever - but you'd be wrong

TOM: And it wouldn't have worked. But how about the wrapper?

RAY: The wrapper wouldn't have worked either. What did work was the change that he got. When he took that crisp dollar bill and got his candy bar, he got three quarters and two dimes as change. He used one of the dimes as a screwdriver, with which he was able to remove three hose clamps: the two from the broken hose, and the one from the heater core end of the good hose. He ran that good hose back to the return on the engine block, thereby removing the heater entirely from the car, so water no longer circulated through it. Instead, it circulated just through one piece of hose that went out from the engine and then right back in, and he used the dime to loosen and then retighten the hose clamp.

So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Odessa Sisson from Hagerstown, Maryland, and for having her answer selected at random from the thousands of correct answers that we got, Odessa will get a 26 dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at where she can get a lovely ash gray T-shirt with a Dewey, Cheatham and Howe window on it. I hear it's the rage on college campuses.

RAY: Yeah. I'm sure it is. You used to mop up beers with those.

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