Monday, June 16, 2008

Off-Day Puzzle #3: Help Kershaw Apartment Hunt

Today's off-day puzzle contains no hidden message nor will beget any fancy-shmancy, animated solution. For this one you'll find the ability to use your imagination more useful than pencil or paper. Just ingest the hypothetical situation presented below and see if you can figure out the conclusion.

Premise: Young Clayton Kershaw, having recently moved to Southern California upon establishing himself as the Dodgers' 5th starter, is looking for a place to live. He's seen a number of properties and has whittled his short list down to four apartment complexes, each of which has one unit available for rent. And this being LA, it turns out there are actors living in each of the 4 complexes, as follows:

Complex A Tenants:
Barry Williams
Dustin Hoffman
Michael O'Keefe
Raul Julia

Complex B Tenants:
Harvey Keitel
Bill Paxton
Denis Leary
Christian Bale

Complex C Tenants:
Ted Levine
Macaulay Culkin
James Spader
Billy Zane

Complex D Tenants:
Robert Wagner
Gabriel Macht
Chow Yun-Fat
Jason Patric

Kershaw has done his due diligence and has concluded that each of the 4 complexes and available units are roughly the same cost and value, and that each is in an equally attractive location. And while the current tenants of each complex all seem friendly and respectful of their neighbors, he is not sure with which group he will best get along with.

Question: With which group of Thespians should Kershaw choose to live amongst?

Starter Hint: If you think you might have the answer but aren't sure, then you don't have the answer.



Random Aside (9:56am PT): Macaulay Culkin has been dating "Person A" in this post since 2002. But that's irrelevant to this puzzle. In fact it's a whole separate puzzle I don't think any of us are going to figure out...

Hint #1 (11:04am PT): You don't have to know anything about Hollywood to solve the puzzle, but you do have to know something about baseball.

Hint #2 (1:25pm PT): No thoughts? Everybody must be either watching the US Open or actually working. Anyhow, here's another hint: The fact I chose Kershaw, the Dodgers' fifth starter, to be the protagonist as opposed to any other Dodger is not irrelevant.

Hint #3 (4:08pm PT): There'd have been a fifth apartment complex in the puzzle - as there technically should be - were it not for the unusually-named Ubaldo Jimenez.

Answer: Here


Steve Sax said...

Hmm, let me think about this one. Better use my Spader-Sense.

Eric Karros said...

Just so you know, I had a response to your comment all queued up but decided to Bale on it as I think another pun battle would drive me in Zane.

QuadSevens said...

I'm very Leary of another long pun battle. However, I'll be Dustin Hoff my pun hat and joining the battle.

Steve Sax said...

Raul's well that ends well.

QuadSevens said...

I think he should share an apartment with Craig Kilborn in Complex B. They would get along nicely. =)

Orel said...

I would pick Complex D because what could be cooler than Clayton Kershaw and Chow Yun-Fat?

But I'm not any closer to actually solving the puzzle.

Eric Karros said...

Ok I added one more hint which might be the last one.

QuadSevens said...

That third clue confirms my answer above. Nice puzzle EK.

Orel said...

OK, I got it! Complex B it is!

Eric Karros said...

Quad, I didn't even get your message/clue in your previous comment, but I get it now!

Well done guys -