Thursday, July 24, 2008

Off-Day Puzzle #7: Scissor-time!

Happy puzzle day to all! Here's today's rompecabeza:

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That's all I'm giving you for now, but check back here periodically, as I may post hints if needed. And remember, the correct solution and the correct methodology must be submitted to receive full credit. Solutions arrived at through luck or trial & error - even if correct - receive participation credit only (credit towards what, you ask? Credit towards this.)

Please comment freely, but if you think you have the solution, please don't give away the answer to everyone in the comments section. Instead, do the following:

  • Email us your solution explanation (and please include your screen name somewhere in the email), and
  • Post a comment simply saying you have emailed your solution attempt so I know to check our email.

Please be patient if I'm unable to respond right away. Solutions accepted until 6am PT tomorrow, July 25. Thanks, and good luck to all!

Update: Please note that due to my schedule, the submission deadline has moved from 10am PT tomorrow to 6am PT tomorrow. Thanks.

Hint #1 (1:59pm): Baseball-reference.com might be helpful, but not for stats.

Hint #2 (3:24pm): I could not include either Mike Scioscia nor Jackie Robinson, as neither worked within the puzzle's methodology.

Hint #3 (4:37pm): Hmmm, let's see. Think about the path of each of the players' careers. If this were a Laker blog, I wouldn't be able to include Kobe Bryant. But Shaq I could, a few different ways.

Hint #4 (5:17pm): ...Kareem I could include, Magic no...Wilt yes, West no...Byron Scott yes, Worthy no...

Final Hint (5:30pm): Fred, Dan, or Kevin should be able to solve this one immediately.

Solution: Click here.

30 comments:

karina said...

Good morning. Let me get some threats, cardboard and sccisors.

Jose said...

Ok, just sent mine.

Eric Karros said...

Good work Jose, you are first!

Karina, while you're at the store you might as well pick up the blue rubber bands for next time.

QuadSevens said...

I will be emailing my answer shortly.

cigarcow said...

I don't even know where to begin with this. I'm just going to cry and complain until I get credit for guessing the right answer.

Steve said...

Do you want just the message or is there some secret about how the names fit in?

Eric Karros said...

2nd correct answer for Quad!

Steve, you need more than just the message (as that can be achieved through trial and error). You need the methodology regarding the names that produced the message.

Eric Karros said...

And cigarcow - crying and complaining is at least good for participation credit. If only it were so in life.

Loney Fan said...

okay, just logged in and Quad already answered this. Why even try?

Well, no scissors and ten minutes. Start the timer.

Steve said...

Got it! Just sent an email...

karina said...

Hmmm, i think i'm quite there (or might), but i wonder if i get a blue rubber band , do i get bonus points?

By the way, i asked in the store for Istanbul blue rubber bands and they say they only have Amsterdam summer light blue bands, is it enough? ;)

Loney Fan said...

Okay, is this where I am supposed to use the hand grenade?

Loney Fan said...

Sent my email

Eric Karros said...

Congrats steve on your correct answer!

Might this be the 1st puzzle where a hint is not needed?

Eric Karros said...

Loney Fan, I just read your email. As you know, correct message but missing methodology. I'll reply to your email shortly...

And Karina, just ask them for a rubber band in 'SoSG puzzle blue'

fanerman said...

I sent in my response...

fanerman said...

I hope my explanation was detailed enough. I was a bit hasty...

Eric Karros said...

Yup, good work fanerman!

Eric Karros said...

Also please note that due to my schedule tomorrow, submission deadline has moved up from 10am PT tomorrow to 6am PT tomorrow. Thanks.

cigarcow said...

Where are the hints? Granted, I've only had about 5 minutes today to figure this out, but I just look at it and go "durrrr..." That's not what I call progress.

Orel said...

I made the mistake of starting this puzzle next to an open window.

Eric Karros said...

Ok, hints posted...

Orel said...

durrrr...

karina said...

I just emailed a solution.

Eric Karros said...

On the right path Karina, but not quite there!

Orel, don't won't on this one outside by the freeway either.

Eric Karros said...

Ok folks, unfortunately I have to check out for the evenings. I'll check our email for answers tomorrow morning before posting the solution!

QuadSevens said...

I've already solved this, so all the hints make sense to me except for that last one. Seems like a puzzle all to itself.

karina said...

I think i could have solved this.

Eric Karros said...

Quad: Claire, Duquette, and Malone.

Why am I still awake??

Eric Karros said...

Quad, I meant Claire, Evans, and Malone. My mind apparently doesn't work properly at 4am. In fact I hardly remember even writing that comment.