Thursday, July 02, 2009

Off-Day Puzzle #9: One-Team Players Across America

Before we get to today's puzzle, just want to note that you don't want to miss next Monday's puzzle, as it's straight from the mind of Mr Customer!

Anyhow, here's today's:

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Puzzle Rules: The answer to the puzzle is a MLB team (not the Dodgers). Comment freely in the thread, but if you have the solution, please don't give it away to everyone in the comments section. Instead, do the following:

  • Email us with the team name and the reasoning behind it. Answers submitted without reasoning, or with the incorrect reasoning (even if the answer itself is correct) will count for participation credit only. And please include your screen name somewhere in the email; and
  • Post a comment simply saying you have emailed your solution attempt. I may not be able to reply to your original email promptly, so please be patient and check back on the comment thread for the latest news; I may confirm correct answers there.

You have until midnight PT tonight to submit your answer. Good luck!

Hint #1 (9:03am): Although the piece of prose is important, the subject matter it deals with (players who played their careers for the same team) is not.

Hint #2 (11:30am): Hint posted. Also, the courier type and the jpg rather than text is not irrelevant, but it is not the crux of the puzzle. It basically made the puzzle easier to make, especially while half-asleep.

Comment (not a hint): I wrote this last night from 2:30-3am, and only now see how awkward the wording is. But in terms of the puzzle, it still does the job!

Solution: here.

Not familiar with SoSG's off-day puzzle competition? We're always looking for more participants!

65 comments:

Josh S. said...

I notice you're not asking for the reasoning behind the answer. Is that a clue in itself?

Ubragg said...

I emailed a guess, but I'm not sure about it...

Wicks said...

Answer in......

Mr. Customer said...

Answer in. More like an educated guess, though.

karina said...

First attempt sent in.

Eric Karros said...

Josh S, we do want the reasoning too, will update post

Will check email shortly

Eric Karros said...

So far no correct answers! I gotta run but I'll post a hint when I get back, within the next hour...

BWrightson said...

Answer sent - I love the misdirection!

Eric Karros said...

BWrightson with the 1st correct solution!

jose said...

answer sent

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've got nothing.

Eric Karros said...

Yes Jose! You're #2:

1. BWrightson
2. Jose

midnightdrive said...

Answer in.

DanGarion said...

Answer in. I think that was sort of easy.

Eric Karros said...

Sorry midnightdrive and DanGarion...neither correct...

DanGarion said...

Was I on the right track. I'm lost now.

Eric Karros said...

No Dangarion...there's no audio element to this one.

berkowit28 said...

I am stuck again, though I sent in a "here's where I'm stuck, how am I doing?" email.

fanerman said...

Egads. I'll be working on this while away from the computer.

Eric Karros said...

This one is proving difficult. I will add a 2nd hint shortly.

Josh S. said...

I've approached this from a few angles, but I'm going to wait for the next hint. I assume the fact that the prose is an image and not typed into the message is significant.

fanerman said...

I'm anxiously waiting for the second hint. I may end up leaving the computer before it arrives!

Mr. Customer said...

Answer in.

karina said...

I can't believe only two people when there are 17 possibilities of an answer.

Eric Karros said...

Mr C is in!

1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer

karina said...

*answered correctly

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Answer sent. I've got the idea, but it might need to be refined.

Josh S. said...

Answer sent.

QuadSevens said...

I'm drawing a blank.

But just for fun I put all those places into Google maps and got directions. It's a total of 12,165 miles and would take you 7 days and 20 hours of driving.

Ubragg said...

OK, answer sent!

berkowit28 said...

So the second hint actually helped people?

DanGarion said...

Blah, I already know why it's a JPG, so that hint didn't help.

Josh S. said...

I need to slow down a bit when I send in my answers. I looked at my sent mail and found a mistake (about which puzzle # I was answering) in the subject line and broken English in my explanation.

Mr. Customer said...

Berko,

Damn. strait.

Mr. Customer said...

Quad,

Clearly, you've never seen how I drive.

Eric Karros said...

Correct answers from MLASF, Josh S, and UBragg!:
1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg

berkowit28 said...

Answer sent in.

Keven C said...

I guess so.

Eric Karros said...

berko and keven are in:
1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C

midnightdrive said...

Is a feeling of complete ineptitude and slight depression normal for when you can't solve these things?

Loney Fan said...

Answer sent

BWrightson said...

@midnightdrive: Definitely.

Eric Karros said...

1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C
9. Loney Fan

QuadSevens said...

I need a fresh look at this puzzle. I'm getting nowhere.

midnightdrive said...

I think i'll go jog a few laps around the park and then i'll take a hack at it again.

DanGarion said...

Sent in another since it looks like there was another hint in the jpg now.

Neeebs said...

I think I finally got it.

Eric Karros said...

Neeebs is in

1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C
9. Loney Fan
10. Neeebs

DanGarion said...

I'll assume that means mine was wrong. Weird.

QuadSevens said...

My brain has officially turned to mush. =/

Eric Karros said...

yes, yours was wrong Dangarion...

Mr. Customer said...

That makes me think of those Hulu.com commercials, which, in turn, makes me giggle.

QuadSevens said...

This puzzle certainly makes me feel like my brains have already been eaten by aliens.

Neeebs said...

Quad, you are going to kick yourself when you figure it out. And you will figure it out because you are the Puzzle Guru.

midnightdrive said...

I think I got it!

Eric Karros said...

no, sorry midnightdrive!

midnightdrive said...

Well spank me and call me Tully.

Back to square one.

midnightdrive said...

Now i'm 100% positive I have it EK.

Mike Scioscia's tragic illness said...

Answer sent. Assuming I'm right, this was the easiest one by far - took less than 5 minutes of thinking.

Sons of said...

midnight and msti are in:
1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C
9. Loney Fan
10. Neeebs
11. Midnightdrive
12. m.s.t.i.

midnightdrive said...

First puzzle bonus?

Eh? eh?

Wicks said...

Answer in, If it's not right I'm never doin another puzzle! hahahaha......why did it take me so long?

Eric Karros said...

I am happy to report we will be seeing Wicks at future puzzling events:
1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C
9. Loney Fan
10. Neeebs
11. Midnightdrive
12. m.s.t.i.
13. Wicks

fanerman said...

Finally got back to a computer. Answer submitted.

Eric Karros said...

Fanerman sneaks one in!
1. BWrightson
2. Jose
3. Mr Customer
4. MLASF
5. Josh S
6. UBragg
7. Berkowit28
8. Keven C
9. Loney Fan
10. Neeebs
11. Midnightdrive
12. m.s.t.i.
13. Wicks
14. Fanerman