Citizenship Quandary

Oct 18, 1996

RAY: I was encouraged to use this by my brother. My older, wiser brother. When I first put it to the group, Rogers said; "Oh that's bogus." Berman said; "ehhhh." Catherine, as nice as she is, reserved judgement and didn't say a word. My brother said; "Ehhh, it might fly?" Here it is: Two girls are born of the same parents, but not at the same time, otherwise they'd be twins, in Boston. One of them, however, is a citizen of the United States and the other is not. How could this be?

TOM: And one did not give up her citizenship.

RAY: Which I'm sure you will do after we lose the election.

TOM: Hey, you ain't just whistling dixie!


TOM: What were their names?

RAY: Ethel and Lucy

TOM: Was there an embassy involved?

RAY: No embassy involved. I stipulated they were not twins.

TOM: Was there a ship involved? A space ship?

RAY: Ahhh - there you go. There may have been a ship involved. One of those ships may have been of English origin. The fact is, one of the girls was born before the United States was the United States, when Boston, Massachusetts was a colony. The other was born later when the United States was a country.

TOM: That's good. That has one of the elements of a good puzzler -- surprise!

RAY: Just one, huh?

TOM: Making a simple assumption that this had to have happened like yesterday, when in fact, it could have happened 200 years ago. That's good. I like that. Do we have a winner?

RAY: Yes

TOM: The winners this week are Bob and Shirley Wright from Plainwell, Michigan.

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