Friday, June 24, 2011

Off-Day Puzzle #5: Solution

By golly, for once in his life Jason Repko is the answer.

There were two levels to the puzzle:

  1. First, the poem at the top hints that the title of the post is masked. If you hover over the title of the post or notice the url, you will see the hidden clue "Add "ORNKPKPPYIODHRJRYS" Down the Middle". This poem also tells you the following letters comprise a cryptogram.
  2. If you add the letters down the middle, you get:

    NIOUU
    EIRKB
    EINJS
    WIKMD
    TNPRR
    EPKYO
    BHPRW
    NHPOE
    ISYWS
    ENIHE
    SPOHH
    OQDXT
    HOHLE
    TPRIR
    TNJHO
    OPRYN
    NNYMG
    TRSII

  3. Next, notice the two outside columns of letters spell, reading upwards starting from the right column, "Ignore these words but not those inbetween". So, as hinted at by that message, you should ignore those words but not those inbetween.
  4. The middle three columns form a simple crytogram, wiht the underlined letters indicating the start of a new sentence. The cryptogram code is: A → F
    B → L
    C → K
    D → Y
    E → V
    F → W
    G → Q
    H → T
    I → S
    J → N
    K → A
    L → C
    M → G
    N → O
    O → I
    P → H
    Q → B
    R → E
    S → R
    T → U
    U → X
    V → Z
    W → M
    X → P
    Y → D
    Z → J
  5. Solve through horizontally and you'll get the message "Six seasons ago he had the third most hit by pitches on the Dodgers". That's Jason Repko!

Congratulations to BCCSweet, QuadSevens, Mr C, Jason, UBragg, and Steve K. Updated rankings to post soon.

Next Puzzle, July 11, from last season's runner-up Mr Customer.

4 comments:

Spank said...

Oui

QuadSevens said...

I thought that I was going to win this puzzle. When I solved the cryptogram (using this website: tinyurl.com/2boomgn) I hadn't seen BCCSweet's answer post yet. I got so excited that I read the cryptogram wrong twice and had Jeff Weaver, then Giovanni Carrara as an answer before realizing I didn't need a pitcher. I'm just happy I solved one before UBragg for a change.

BCCSweet said...

Hehe... I used a program too and got the message:

"SinSe as of s ago he Had The Third Most hit by pitches of the dodgers"

The "as of" part seemed so solid, so I first guessed Alex Cora looking at career HBPs. It wasn't until I realized my spacing was wrong that I got Six Seasons... looks like it was a fairly close battle for first.

Thanks for the fun puzzle, EK.

LoneLy Fan said...

EK, you slay me. Okay SoSG fans. Free all you can eat tickets to the outfield pavilion tonight if you post a message back before my co-workers finish battling to the death for them.