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 […]

Four and Five – Cartalk Puzzler

From cartalk. Ray: Get a piece of paper and write the number four, leave a little space, and write the number five. What common mathematical symbol, when placed between the numbers four and five, will result in a number that is greater than four but less than six? Tom: It has to be a mathematical […]

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 […]

Break a Weighing Stone

From the weekly car talk puzzler: RAY: A farmer had a 40-pound stone which he could use to weigh 40 pounds of feed; he would sell feed in 40 pounds, or bales of hay, or whatever. He had a balance scale; he put the stone on one side and pile the other side with feed […]