## Mathematic Mistake – Car Talk Puzzler

RAY: Everyone, almost everyone remembers the Pythagorean Theorem. 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.Many hundreds of years ago a French mathematician by the name of Fermat said, this only works for squares. There is no A cubed […]

## The Mango Gates – Puzzler

From Car Talk: RAY: This Puzzler came from Kevin Tobin. A maharajah owned a mango tree that had very sweet, abundant fruit. People would come from miles around to pick the fruit. So the maharajah decided to protect the tree by erecting a series of seven concentric fences around it. Each fence had a gate […]

## The Last Seat : Car Talk Puzzler

Yet another great car talk puzzler, The Last Seat: RAY: You’re one of a hundred people standing in line to get onto an airplane that has 100 seats. There’s a seat for every person who’s in line, and each of you has a boarding pass for your assigned a seat. The first person to walk […]

## Car Talk: Barber Math

From the fantastic car talk puzzler: NEW BARBER MATH RAY: A barber had his first customer of the day, who happened to be a friend. When he was done, the barber refused to take the money from the customer. The fellow said, “Look, I know we’re friends, but, business is business. I want to pay […]

## 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 […]