I can usually get these but this one has me stumped.

(Just a quick note, reported for forum change.)

Hmmm… None contain the letters a, b, c, j, k, m, p, q, x, or z.

What do I win?

Thanks for that. I never know where to post things. I did a search and it looked like CT Puzzlers had been posted here in the past so I went with that.

You win nothing-- “Six” contains x.

And more to the point, the puzzle says that these are the *only* numbers up to 100 with this property.

Remember that it must be a characteristic not shared by any other numbers between one and a hundred.

Got it, I think.

The number of letters in each one is a factor of the number. They made a mistake with the last one though, it should be “one hundred”, which has ten letters, rather than “a hundred” which has eight.

Shouldn’t it be “one hundred” rather than “a hundred”?

Numbers divisible by the number of letters in their name?

That must be it. Well done.

I didn’t know how to spell “fourty”

I heard the puzzler and was all smug in being satisfied I found the (above) answer on my own…until “fourty”…

Oooohhhhh!!! F-O-R-T-Y! now it works

'Never knew that befour.

Yes well, I got past that one from knowing the Forth programming language from my first job out of college.

But where the modulo theory broke down for me was when I hit the eleventies. You know, eleventy-one, eleventy-two…

Yes, I went down the right track on this one until I was unable to count to 11. That darn “counting” skill that I was supposed to learn in kindergarten gets me every time.

I know more than half of these numbers less than half so well as I should like, and less than half of them half so well as they deserve.

If “a” should be “one” then the solution involving factors seems to work, but technically this cannot be correct for the puzzler as written. I am inclined to believe that “a” is correct and there is anothet solution.

I am not inclined to believe that, but I guess we’ll find out in a few days.

To explain myself on this, it just seems to me that since Car Talk has been doing these puzzlers for years, due to careful proofreading such a mistake would not have been made , or if it was someone would have already pointed it out to them and the website would be changed, or perhaps the whole puzzler would have been removed. Now if someone heard the actual puzzler on air and could confirm that “one” was said instead of “a”, well then you would have something.

Nope, I’m pretty sure I’m right and am confident that come Saturday we will hear the real solution, or copious mea culpas from the guys if in fact “a” should have been “one”.

There appears to be audio available for the show, but it doesn’t seem to include the puzzle segment. I’m curious about what they actually said.

I record the show every week, and have just reviewed my copy of last week’s show.

Ray does indeed say “a hundred.”

The show streams on Roku as well. He says “a hundred”, though I think this is a mistake by him.

When I first heard the buildup of numbers and their names, I knew that one of the numbers they’d list would be four. That made it simple to figure out the answer.