Another off-day brings another puzzle for the SoSG masses. This time, in honor of Ned Colletti, it's all about matches. You see, Ned is like one of those chaperones at a high-school cotillion dance, making sure everyone has a partner. Ned hates seeing someone left out! As such, last offseason, Ned made sure Andruw Jones was matched with a $36M salary for the next two years. And the season before that, he made sure Juan Pierre was matched with a cushy $45M deal. But now, Ned needs your help finding matches, especially since one of them is someone that even Ned doesn't want (if that is indeed possible).
Each of the five images on page 1 has an appropriate match on page 2. Find the matches, and then find the one pair of images that Ned doesn't want. Then, tell us which pair of images is the one pair that Ned doesn't want, and why not (after all, it IS Ned Colletti here).
Rules: Once again, please feel free to post comments in the thread, 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
- Post a comment simply saying you have emailed your solution attempt. Due to firewall issues, I may not be able to reply to your original email promptly, so please do be patient and check back on the comment thread for the latest news; I will confirm correct answers there.
HINT #1 (9.37a PT): Admittedly, this puzzle worked better prior to the trade deadline, when it was concocted. I got too lazy to revise the unwanted pair.
HINT #2 (10.35a PT): Strangely, one of the guys in this puzzle that Ned did end up wanting after all, was supposedly on the block in the final hour before the trade deadline. Luckily, we kept him (though sadly, we're not playing him).
HINT #3 (11:21a PT): Ned Colletti has been known to be a tinted cello.
HINT #4 (12.14p PT): On page 1, reading clockwise from the upper left, the images correspond with (8), (6), (5), (9), and (4). On page 2, reading clockwise from the top center, the images correspond with (4), (3), (6), (7), and (5). If you're stuck on one image, email me (and signal the email, please, in the comment thread).
HINT #5 (2:04p PT): In response to the emails, I suppose I should clarify that hint #4 refers to standard notation for word lengths. (Check comment #5 in that post for a link to that puzzle's solution.)
HINT #6 (4.54p PT) Yes, this is a wordplay puzzle. And just as a starting point, REINDEER does indeed match with HAT. Four pairs to go....
NOTE: I'll try to check email one last time this evening. Solution goes up at midnight!