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A Very Speedy Dougie

The Puzzler


RAY: Here's the answer. When Dougie leaves for work when there's very little traffic, he comes to a red light and he stops. Because what? He obeys all the rules of the road.

TOM: But of course!

RAY: In fact, Saint Dougie can't even wear a helmet because the halo gets in the way. So there he is sitting there but the light won't turn green for him because many of the intersections in Our Fair City, like other cities around the country, have sensing devices embedded in the road that check for the presence of a vehicle. And because he might not be in the right spot, it stays red forever.

My pal, Jeff Parente, at the Traffic Department told me that these things are not weight sensitive, they work by induction. It looks for a disturbance in the force. And his bike might not be enough to change the light. So he has to wait until a car arrives at the light.

TOM: Ahh.

RAY: And that explains why he doesn't get to the office until two o'clock some days. He's stuck at a red light. So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Bill McCray from Raleigh, North Carolina. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Bill is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com with which he can get our brand-new, just released music CD, Stairway to Heapdom.

RAY: Congratulations, Bill!

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