I apologize for the delay, I accidentally ate a Romulan death radish and had to enter a medically supervised 24-hour regenerative coma.
Note: Last week Jay chose a hard mystery.
Madame Zuzu and the Psychic Referral Counselor are con artists. After Ralph picked the four of diamonds at random from the card deck, the counselor called her associate, Madame Zuzu, on the phone. As soon as Zuzu picked up – but before the counselor said a word – she began calling out the card suits. When she said “diamonds” the counselor interrupted her by saying, “I’d like to speak with Madame Zuzu please.” Madame Zuzu then knew that the correct suit was “diamonds.”
Madame Zuzu immediately began calling out card numbers from Ace to King. When she reached the number “four,” the counselor interrupted her again by saying, “Madame Zuzu, please tell the gentleman what card he has picked.” Madame Zuzu then knew that the correct card number was “four.”
Using this verbal code, the crafty counselor and the sneaky psychic cheated their clients out of considerable cash. If madame Zuzu HAD been psychic, she might have known that Ralph was an undercover cop and that her clever con was kaput!
Ralph wants to visit a psychic, but he doesn’t know any good ones, so he visits a Psychic Referral Counselor. The counselor charges Ralph $100, then recommends Madame Zuzu. The counselor then proceeds to offer proof of Madame Zuzu’s talent.
The counselor pulls out a deck of cards and asks Ralph to pick a card at random. The counselor then looks at Ralph’s card and tells Ralph to concentrate mentally on that card. She then dials a long-distance number and says, “I’d like to speak with Madame Zuzu please.” After a pause, the counselor says, “Madame Zuzu, please tell the gentleman what card he has picked.” The counselor hands Ralph the phone and Madam Zuzu tells him “the four of diamonds,” which is correct.
Madame Zuzu is not really a psychic and the Psychic Referral Counselor is a fraud. Explain their trick.
Hint #1: Posted at 5PM
Hint #2: Posted at 9PM
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