What's in a Name?

The Puzzler

RAY: The answer is Ranger, like Ford Ranger. You take off the last letter, and you get range. Take off another letter and you get rang. Do it again and you have ran. Then Ra.

TOM: Wait a minute, Ra is an English word?

RAY: Yes, it's in my English dictionary, Ra. Ra is an English word; it's the Egyptian sun god. You don't like it, tough. And, of course, if you'd put back all those letters and make the word ranger again, and take off the R, the first letter, you get anger. So who's our winner?

TOM: Oh wow. Our winner this week is Maria Patringa from Galveston, Texas. And for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Maria's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can get a copy of our brand-new music CD called, Stairway to Heapdom.

RAY: Congratulations, Maria!

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