The Top Secret Free-Beer Code

Oct 03, 2005

RAY: Interestingly, this was sent in by an "anonymous donor" who didn't want his or her name associated with the puzzler in any way, shape, or form.

Here it is:

There's this unusual little bar, where you can get a free beer if you know the secret code.

The secret code works like this: you sit down at the bar. The bartender tells you a number. And you tell him another number. If it's right, you get a free beer.

For example, a customer goes up to the bar and the bartender says, "six." The customer says, "three," and he gets his free beer.

The second fellow goes up to the bar, and the bartender says, "twelve." The customer says, "six," and he gets his free beer!

A third customer sits at the bar, and the bartender says, "fourteen." The customer says, "eight." He gets a free beer.

You're sitting there. The bartender turns to you and says, "twenty-two."

What do you say?
Answer: 
RAY: If you were the customer and said nine, you'd get a free beer. That's how many letters there are in "twenty-two."

TOM: Aw, gee. That's it?

RAY: Cute, huh? Do we have a winner?

TOM: You bet we do. The winner this week is Adam Leff from Lewiston, Maine. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Adam is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division in our website cartalk.com where he can get a re-released classic Dewey, Cheatham and Howe T-shirt. This shirt has been unavailable for years despite the two or three requests that we really got. But we just found a carton of them under the stairs so we're re-releasing it as a classic.

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