## Tuesday, August 25, 2009

### Off-Day Puzzle #15: Solution

"Seek and ye shall find", a great pirate once said. The answer to yesterday's Dead Sailors puzzle is eleven.

Immediately after the first syllable in each line (or, in some cases, slightly less than a syllable, but never to begin a line), the numbers one through twelve are phonetically embedded, in reverse order:

No[12]rsed in the high seas,
The ____ sailors caught disease.
Be[9] it looked but looks can kill.

They [8] and when their feast was through,
'twa[7] taking all but two;
Two [6]urvivors lost at sea,
If[5] seen worse, I lie to thee.

Will [4]tune save their aimless boat?
Bo[3]affirm their faith and hope;
Their [2]mbstones nonetheless will say,
"They [1] our hearts but lost their way."

The blank is therefore the missing number in the sequence - eleven.

Congratulations to a record 15 solvers: drewdez, keven c, mr customer, j steve, fanerman, berkowit28, josh s, bwrightson, erin, ubragg, danielle, jose, neeebs, llcooll, and rbnlaw. Special kudos to danielle for her first puzzle solve!

Updated puzzle rankings to be posted soon. Next Puzzle: 7am, Thursday, Sept 10, courtesy of PCS middle-third champ UBragg!

Josh S. said...

Yeah, rbnlaw got in! I was pulling for him all day.

I always hate reading the solutions to puzzles I don't solve because it just makes me feel even dumber for not seeing the answer.

Matt said...

Wow, I was so far off I can't even think of a good metaphor for how far off I was.

berkowit28 said...

Yeah, Quad, that happened to me several times recently. Very, very annoying.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks Josh.
I came to the realization (thanks to EK) that I was overthinking the puzzle and overlooking the first obvious number reference. Had I not been stuck in meetings most of the day, I still would have sucked at it.

karina said...

@Quad "I always hate reading the solutions to puzzles I don't solve because it just makes me feel even dumber for not seeing the answer."

Try feeling that way with EVERY puzzle (but one).

I feel even dumber because i listened to that corny love song over and over and couldn't come up with anything decent.