Jameco Puzzler: a non-electronic voice transmitter?

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The legendary Forrest M. Mims, III, created the above puzzler for Jameco. If the radio DJ performing a show while perched on the construction boom drops his cellphone, how can be proceed with his radio show if he is prohibited from touching the ground?

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  1. sc says:

    Use the boom as a conductor.

  2. Drone says:

    Huh? The DJ’s Engineer lowers the DJ to his dropped cellphone but without touching the ground. Then the DJ picks up the cellphone and continues talking – being careful to touch ONLY the cellphone of-course, not the ground. All this assumes the DJ’s phone is still working after the drop which is highly likely with low-cost cell phones. Comparative cell phone drop-survival probability is a negative exponential function of comparative cost (dropped Apple iPhone=always broken, dropped Nokia 1616=always working).

  3. sc says:

    Have the engineer operate the boom to bring the cellphone back up. (Or just toss it).

  4. sc says:

    Let the engineer go get a coffee, he’s got better things to do than work on silly puzzles like this. :-)

  5. cde says:

    A long string and a bucket, or lowering the house and a open door. In both cases, the engineer just tosses the cell phone into the bucket/door. No ground contact, and probably takes alot less time.

  6. toto says:

    he uses a bluetooth headset…
    If the crane is not too big <15m), it could work.

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