Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
October 2022
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Starting the Car

In 1918 a man was arrested for a crime and sentenced to life in prison. Thirty years later, with the help of a friend, they concoct an escape plan. And very simply, the friend was to leave a get-away car in the field near the prison — and the guy is going to dig a tunnel or climb the wall or bribe a guard — I don’t know what he’s going to do. Anyway, the escape goes like clockwork. The convict finds the get-away car just where his friend said it would be and all he has to do is get in the car and drive away. But he can’t start the car. There’s nothing wrong with the car, and by the time he figures out it – he’s caught. Why couldn’t he figure out how to start the car?

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  • Rool

    Was it a brand new 1948 Ford? With a brand new electric starter and no crank? like the cars he knows before going to prison?
    Although it’s not likely for the gettaway car to be that same year’s model.

    Just giving it a shot here.

  • You’re correct, Rool!

    When he went into the clink, cars started with a crank. He spent all his precious time looking for the crank and they caught him.

    Great job, you’re today’s winner!!!