Monday, June 09, 2008

Off-Day Puzzle #2: Magic Message

There's no better way to spend a Dodger off-day than working on an SoSG puzzle - and I've teed up a good one for you today! Untangle the cryptic image below and you'll be rewarded with a magic message which, once fulfilled, will solve all the Dodgers' problems and guarantee them their first World Series Title in 20 years (what's Monday without a little hyperbole?).

(click image to enlarge)

While I won't provide any specific instructions on how to solve it - that would defeat the purpose now, wouldn't it? - I will leave you with these initial thoughts:
  1) Printing out the image might help you work towards a solution.
  2) If you don't have a color printer, find some other way to indicate the players in red, as color does matter.
  3) It's not a "word-play" puzzle.

Good luck!

UPDATES:

Hint #1 (11:00am PT): Think along the lines of a popular children's activity/puzzle.

Hint #2 (11:05am PT): Think 'Dodger Power Rankings'.

Hint #3 (1:15pm PT): It's a dot-to-dot variant for which baseball-reference.com might come in handy...

Hint #4 (3:51pm PT): It basically is a dot-to-dot. And see Hint #2.

Solution: See here.

14 comments:

Alex Cora said...

Got it: . . . _ _ _ . . . better known as S.O.S. HA!

cigarcow said...

What? What is this? Am I a slow adult? I have no idea what I'm supposed to do here.

Eric Karros said...

I guess I have trouble gauging how easy or difficult these puzzles are (hot women image scrambles - too easy; random scattering of dots and names - too difficult). I added a few hints, will try to add another a bit later if needed.

Dusto Magnifico said...

NEEDED!

Orel said...

If only there were someone on the SoSG staff who enjoyed solving puzzles. Oh well.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I don't have a clue?

Orel said...

Do we use this page?

Erin said...

I figured it was a dot-to-dot early on, and assumed based on your hints that it has something to do with home runs. But I've tried a hundred different ways to connect the names, and I basically just created a lot of lines and gibberish on the page. Perhaps I am a moron (no, I'm not), but I am officially throwing in the towel on this one.

QuadSevens said...

With the assist from Orel's link, I found the secret message. Furcal really does need to get back as soon as possible. We need him.

Eric Karros said...

Erin, perhaps the thing you're missing is the significance of the colors. And Orel unfortunately I can't load that page as I'm on bby (do I sound like Sax?) but judging from the url it could be.

I'll post the solution tomorrow.

Eric Karros said...

Wow platinum star for quad sevens! Did you also use wookieepedia? I'll still post solution tonight or tomorrow.

Eric Karros said...

PS Quad, pls don't reveal the exact methodology just yet...

Erin said...

Nope. The colors mean nothing to me. I tried a bunch of things and none of them worked. I'm sure it will be obvious once it's explained, and based on the above statement, I have an idea what it will reveal, but I can't look at the damn thing anymore.

QuadSevens said...

No wookieepedia today. But I did learn about Morse Code. Cora led me down that path. =)