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Going Left and Right at the Same Time

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Going Left and Right at the Same Time

Going Left and Right at the Same Time

Going Left and Right at the Same Time

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Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.

Challenge from Last Week: Will has a problem. For a long time squirrels have been jumping from trees near his house onto his roof. His house has an attic fan, and the squirrels can enter the attic thru a hole cut in the roof for the fan. Will had the tree branches cut back from the house to prevent the squirrels from getting into the attic. Now the squirrels have started running up his front steps, jumping up on the railing at the top, jumping six feet onto the telephone wires leading into the house — and from there, jumping to the roof. As Will cannot get rid of the railing, the telephone wires or the front steps, how can Will prevent the squirrels from getting onto his roof? Send Will your solution. The winner will be the person who sends in the best, most creative, or most amusing solution, bearing in mind that it has to work.

Winner: Harriet Zoller from Atlanta, Ga.

Answer: Her solution to the squirrel problem was to install strobe lights in her attic to drive the squirrels away.

This Week's Challenge: Name a place where most people would like to go. The name of this place contains the letter "V" somewhere inside it. Replace the "V" with "T" and "H" to name a person you wouldn't expect to go there. Who is it and what's the place?

This challenge comes from listener Jerry Cordaro of Cleveland, Ohio.