Puzzler Answer, 4/5/97: Finicky Volare
Here it is. I remember one day this old geezer drives into the shop
with his '76 Volare. And says something like, "Boys, my car is having trouble. It doesn't like
a certain kind of ice cream that I buy." He goes on to explain that he only has three flavors
of ice cream he likes to eat and that he goes to the local parlor to buy. He eats either vanilla, chocolate,
or three-bean tofu mint chipped-beef ice cream. He says, "When I go to buy chocolate I park
in front of the ice cream parlor. I buy the chocalate. My car starts right up.
The same thing happens if I buy vanilla. The problem occurs when I buy the three-been tofu mint
chipped-beef. I buy the stuff. I come out. The car won't start. It cranks, and cranks, and cranks,
and cranks. It doesn't want to start. Finally it starts. It runs on one cylinder, maybe
it runs on two cylinders, it shakes and rattles, and it takes me 10 minutes to get going."
Crusty who's asleep in the corner says. "You're right. Same thing happens to my car and you're
right it is the ice cream."
And everyone in the garage said what?
Tom and Ray:
Tara Lipinsky's Tutu!
Think of the hints. First of all it's a '76 Volare. It's old. It's carburated.
The driver is old.
The driver is an old geezer. I thought of you immediately.
And he's buying an unusual kind of ice cream. And I mentioned that all the hints
were packed into the puzzler.
No when you go in to buy chocalate, you go into the freezer case and there's chocolate
in a container -- you take it, you pay for it, you get into your car and
drive away. Same thing with vanilla. Nobody buys mint chip beef bean tofu. Right?
So of necessity, it is hand packed.
Which takes what?
Longer. Long enough for his car to vapor lock.
So that's why his car doesn't like that ice cream.
Because the heat that is generated from the engine.
When would you be buying ice cream? In the summer.
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