What's in a Car's Name?
RAY: This puzzler comes from someone named Paul Zemlin. I had to change things around and obfuscate it just a little bit.
It's semi-automotive. Here it is:
"My car was being vandalized by some kids I had flunked from my English class. Each night they would remove the first and last letter from its model name emblem. For example, 'Camry' is the model name of a certain Toyota.
"They continued to do this until all the letters were gone except for one. The curious thing that I noticed was that each morning the remaining letters of the model name still spelled a word in the English language.
"I'll give you an example. If the car were a Chevy Blazer, you'd take off the first and last letters and you'd have laze, which is a real word that I know something about.
"If you did it again, you'd wind up with the letters A and Z, az - like you don't know your az from a hole in the ground. Of course, that doesn't work.
"But there is one model name for which it does work. And the question is, what is that model?"
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