The Puzzler is on Vacation!

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Staff Blog | Jul 18, 2018

Why haven't we been doing a new puzzler each show? The Puzzler is on its annual summer break! 

We're still sending a puzzler newsletter each week with a recycled puzzler, for your solving pleasure. Sign up here! (Or don't; we're not the boss of you!)

The Puzzler's annual vacation is not without its critics:

Here are a few choice words from Nancy who demands a boycott of Car Talk until the puzzler returns:

I've had enough of this needless denial of entertainment, and I expect that other listeners have, too. So I'm organizing a boycott of Car Talk. Let's all refuse to listen until the puzzler returns on a truly weekly basis! Let's make 'em sweat! Let's show 'em who's boss! 

You can read her rabble rousing call to action, right here. You tell 'em (or, um, us!) Nancy!

Other fans think the Puzzler deserves a break. (Or maybe they're eager to get a break from the weekly bogosity!)

This weekend I was listening to your discourse on my car radio, during which you read a letter from some crackpot complaining about the work habits of the Puzzler. After listening to his argument I was initially convinced that the Puzzler was a no good lazy roustabout. But then I started thinking. According to the estimates given, the Puzzler works for about three hours and then gets two months off. While this seems reasonable, in reality there is some deeply insidious logic going on. While the Puzzler does indeed work for only about three hours before it goes on "vacation," that "vacation" is really only a thirty-minute break!

You can read the rest of the impassioned defense here. Thanks for looking out for us, Aaron.  


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