Car Talk Gone Fishing Puzzler

From Car Talk: TOM: Three guys go out fishing. They decide in advance that whatever they catch, they’re going to divvy it up equally.So, they finish fishing for the day. They pull back into port, and they’re going to sleep on the boat overnight. They’re going to get up in the morning, divvy up the […]

Car Talk Product Placement Puzzler

Great! RAY: There are a lot of our little children who listen to Car Talk who are studying Algebra, so I thought I would ask them to simplify the following polynomial. TOM: Let me just write this down. OK. RAY: X plus A in parentheses times X minus B in parentheses times X plus C […]

Car Talk Annulus Puzzler

Awesome! RAY: This puzzler is from a fellow named Jerry Olsen. Ed and his two sons, Biff and Skip, have been hired to paint the floor of a merry-go-round. They want to make sure they measure the floor area exactly, because they don’t want to buy any extra paint. The carousel, of course, is a […]

Fermat Was Wrong? Puzzler

From Car Talk. RAY: Here it is. Everyone, almost everyone remembers from his or her days in school the Pythagorean Theorem. TOM: Yes. RAY: A squared, plus B squared, equals C squared. And there are numbers like three, four and five; five, 12, 13 which satisfy that little equation. And many hundreds of years ago […]

The Love Tree – A Math Puzzler (?)

From Car Talk. A teenage boy smitten with a teenage girl in his high school freshman class, made his feelings known. Overjoyed at finding them reciprocated, he took pen knife to a young hard wood in the vicinity and carved their initials within a heart, five feet up the tree’s trunk. By their senior year, […]

Puzzler : 20,000 Lights

From Car Talk. RAY:┬áThis puzzler is from my “ceiling light” series. Imagine, if you will, that you have a long, long corridor that stretches out as far as the eye can see. In that corridor, attached to the ceiling are lights that are operated with a pull cord. There are gazillions of them, as far […]