RAY: Here's the Puzzler. This is the last Puzzler of the season.
RAY: Of the scholastic season.
TOM: Of the scholastic year.
RAY: Yeah. We use the scholastic year.
TOM: We take the summer off.
RAY: Yeah, like the kids. I mean what the heck. They take it off and the Puzzler will be going on vacation and...
TOM: And all those academics -- those professors. They have a hard life and they have to take the summer off.
RAY: Yes. And those Art History graduate students...
TOM: They've got a lot of resumes to write. And they've got to learn to say, "Do you want fries with that?"
RAY: Well not everyone is familiar with Doug Mayer, our erstwhile web lackey/web master. Dougie lives up in the wilds of New Hampshire, in the mountains someplace -- and because he's been working so hard on our web site he has no more social life. In fact, his social life has been confined to tending his flock of sheep. And while out one day looking over his ewes he noticed that one was missing. His favorite was missing.
RAY: Yeah. I don't know what her name was but -- And he went and he talked to some of the neighbors and asked if they had noticed any strange cars in the area -- if someone had kidnapped one of his sheep. One of the neighbors said, "Yeah. I did see a car, but I couldn't tell you what the make or the model is but it did have an unusual license plate." Now, considering that there are only about 7 people that live up there he would stake out the feed store and find this car -- he thought it would be nice to know the license plate number. He could go to the police with it, if he had to, and he asked what the license plate was. And his neighbor said "The license plate was 4 x 4 x 8." Like a 4 x 4 truck. I know what kind of car that is and I know who stole Elsie.
RAY: Was it Elsie was her name? Doris? Oh, Honey. Her name is Honey. So what kind of car -- he knows what kind of car just by seeing this license plate that was identified as reading 4 x 4 x 8.
TOM: He was able to tell what make and model the car was.
RAY: And therefore who was it that kidnapped Honey. If you think you know the answer...
TOM: Because he happened to know who owned such a car.
RAY: Exactly. He didn't recognize it by its license plate number...
RAY: But he recognized it by the make and model and he said "Ah! I know whose car that is." What was it about this plate that told him what make and model the car was?
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