Emergency Surgery in Horse Town! (This ain't no haircut!)

Oct 13, 2008

RAY: Some of you may remember a puzzler from a long time ago, that took place in a little town called One Horse, Nevada, where a man was in urgent need of a haircut and he had to decide between two barbers. Today we're revisiting One Horse, Nevada for a new puzzler. This time, there are three men in need of emergency appendectomies. It happens!

Now because it's a one-horse town, there's only one doctor, Dr. Ruthless. And to complicate matters, her left arm is in a sling. Her shoulder got dislocated in a barroom brawl. But she can still operate using her right hand to wield the scalpel and her left hand to help put on and remove the surgical gloves.

Here's the problem: There are three people who need operations and only two gloves. And only one hand. A one-handed surgeon, with two gloves,
how can she do it, without risking contamination to her three victims, err... patients, and herself?

RAY: Here's how she operates on the three victims. Even though her left hand is in a sling, she manages to use it enough to get a surgical glove on her right hand - the hand she'll operate with.

She takes a second surgical glove and puts it over the first glove so now she's wearing two gloves on her right hand. She operates on victim, I mean patient number one.

She now peels off that second glove and turns it inside out, and puts it aside. She now operates on patient number two using glove number one.

For patient number three, she takes the glove that she had removed first and puts it on inside-out so that the two contaminated surfaces, the one from patient one, and the contaminated surface from patient two are touching.

TOM: That's good, that's good!

RAY: And the outside of that glove is now perfect for patient three. By the way none of them lived, but I thought it was a nice story anyway.
So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Dana Kraft from Las Vegas, Nevada, and for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Dana is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can get a copy of our new book, Ask Click and Clack.

RAY: Congratulations, Dana!

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