## Saturday, May 28, 2011

### Off-Day Puzzle #3: Solution

As indicated by the sponsor "And 1," every picture represents an word which is one letter more than an anagram of a Dodger player's last name.

Picture 1:

• VOWEL = LOWE + V
• TROUBLE = BUTLER + O
• ENERGY = GREEN + Y
• SARDINE = SNIDER + A
• CARGO = CORA + G
• AXES = SAX + E
• CHOIR = CHOI + R

Picture 2:

• HANSOM = OHMAN + S
• PLANE = PENA + L
• DOMINOES = MONDESI + O
• PATIOS = SAITO + P
• COASTER = CASTRO + E
• SANDLOT = ALSTON + D

Picture 3:

• SALAD = DAAL + S
• WHACKERS = KERSHAW + C
• MUESLI = MILES + U
• NAVEL = AVEN + L
• GOBLINS = GIBSON + L
• SEDANS = SANDS + E
• HAMSTER = THAMES + R
• MOONS = NOMO + S

That gives you VOYAGER, SLOPED, and SCULLERS. But it's recursive, so using the same formula for those words gives you:

• VOYAGER = GARVEY + O
• SLOPED = LOPES + D
• SCULLERS = RUSSELL + C

That's obviously three-fourths of the famous Dodger infield from 1973-1981, with the only one missing being the Penguin, Ron Cey. Who is a cool guy, I might add, having met him recently. This one's for you, Ron.

This one is NOT for Juan Castro, however, whose return stint with the 2011 Dodgers is so forgettable that I had blocked him out of my mind as a current Dodger...which he is (cries). So that, plus a degree of difficulty that was pretty high, contributed to a mess of a puzzle. My bad. Sorry if I frustrated people.

Congratulations to ubragg, Mr Customer, Josh S, Steve K, Quadsevens, and Jason for correct answers! Details on the magnet schedule randomization contest coming shortly.

Josh S. said...

It was 11pm and I had just had the breakthrough that all the words were Dodger players. (I had thought only some were.) It was taking me too long to try to figure out who was who. Thank God Sax put the initials hint up to narrow my search.

Steve Sax said...

Thank God you stuck with it despite my lameness, Josh.