# Off Topic: Puzzle

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Sat May 17 18:44:00 EDT 2003

```Spoiler below...

On Saturday, May 17, 2003, at 12:42 PM, Jim Hurley wrote:

> I thought RunRev fans would enjoy the recent Car Talk puzzle. (Car
> Talk is a popular American Saturday Public Radio program in the US.)
...
> What were the two temperatures?

This handler found some candidate solutions:

on mouseUp
put empty into field "report"
repeat with f = -99.9 to 99.9 step .1
put (5/9)*(f - 32) into c
set numberFormat to "00."
if ((char -1 of f) = (char -2 of c)) and ((char -1 of c)= (char -2
of f)) then
--set numberFormat to "00.0"
Put "C = " & c & "   F = " & f & lineFeed after field "report"
end if
end repeat
end mouseUp

(I was too lazy to get rid of the redundant solutions listed by the
above handler.)

The candidates are these:

C = -11   F = 11
C = 04   F = 40
C = 16   F = 61
C = 28   F = 82

Since there might be objections to the first two, I would guess that in
the morning the F reading was about 61 degrees and later in the day the