Sunday, September 28, 2008

Notes on the Puzzle Grand Finale

Hello all. As the Grand Puzzle Finale lies in wait less than 17 hours away, I thought this was a good time to share a few notes regarding the past, present and future of the SoSG Puzzle Championship Series (not necessarily in that order):


  • Much like the multi-colored moneyball in the NBA All-Star 3-point shooting contest, tomorrow's Grand Finale will be worth 130 points instead of the standard 100. So no heavy drinking tonight.
  • After point totals are tallied, the season champion and runner-up will be declared (along with the rest of the rankings). As described in more detail here, the season champ receives his or her choice of one of two prizes: a) the power to create a puzzle to be used in Puzzle Season II, or b) a Rafael Furcal Bobblehead similar to the one shown here. The runner-up will get the unchosen prize.


  • Fear not - puzzle points earned in Season I will carry over to Season II.
  • Beyond that, the SoSG Board is currently holding a series of meetings to discuss the future of the puzzle series, including such issues as when next season will begin, any potential changes to puzzle style, point system, frequency, etc. Your feedback as always is welcome. We will share the outcome of those meetings with you all soon.


  • I think I speak on behalf of both Sax when I say we both highly appreciate your participation and hope you have enjoyed tackling them as much as we have enjoyed creating and hosting them.

So anyways, be sure to carve out enough time and brain cells tomorrow to tackle the finale - this one will definitely take some out-of-the-box thinking. And perhaps more importantly, I hope you're back next season with your pencil, paper, scissors, boy band fact sheets, and blue rubber bands at the ready!


Loney Fan said...

Well, as a happy Bears fan and a lover of SoSG puzzles, I wish I read this post before getting housed and celebrating an NFL victory. I'm rooting for Quad to win it all.

berkowit28 said...

Unfortunately, tomorrow is my busiest day for about 4 months. I'll get a chance to look at it first thing in the morning, but anticipate this is not going to be a 30-minute easy one, but the most obscure and difficualt one yet. At the end of the day, I get on a plane (actually two planes) and I expect to be sitting there on the second plane trying to solve it, but without access to Google or the internet. (I have about an hour between planes in LAX at 7:00 - I'll try to make good use of it.) In the unlikely event I can solve it on the plane, I would hope it lands on time on Seattle at 11:20 pm and I can send it in. But I rather doubt it.

QuadSevens said...

My alarm clock is set. This should be a fun puzzle to try and crack. Thanks for the support LoneyFan. Best of luck to you tomorrow as well.

karina said...

Best luck everyone!

Eric and Steve, these puzzles are highly enjoyable and they have provided me countless hours of entertainment, why not having one once in a while during the offseason?, maybe an special edition for the playoffs...

Eric Karros said...

Thanks Karina! We'll be sure to pass on your thoughts to the board members.