Stat. The answer to PCS Season IV Puzzle #7 is WALTER ALSTON.
First step, obviously, is to complete the drop quote (or "letter drop") puzzle, by figuring out through trial and error how the letters in each column populate the squares above. If you get it right, your completed grid should look like this:
Hidden in the grid are all ten Dodgers with retired numbers, each of whom has an additional word in between his first and last name. Arranged in order by retired number, they read as follows:
- Pee Wee CONSIDER Reese
- Tommy PLAYERS Lasorda
- Duke FIRST Snider
- Jim INITIALS Gilliam
- Don SOSG Sutton
- Walter FANTASY Alston
- Sandy FOOTBALL Koufax
- Roy WEEK Campanella
- Jackie NINE Robinson
- Don UPDATE Drysdale
In order, the extra words read CONSIDER PLAYERS FIRST INITIALS SOSG FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK NINE UPDATE.
Going back to last season's SoSG Fantasy Football (which is why, earlier in the week, I left the tag here so one could access all the updates from last season), the SoSG Fantasy Football Week 9 Update was actually written by yours truly, marking the only week of the season where Mr. LA Sports Czar had allowed me to do the update. And eight months ago, I am proud to say, I had embedded in my update post a secret message right out in the open. Planting the seeds, if you will, for the ripe fruit to be harvested at a later date...
Taking the first initials of the players mentioned reads:
- Wes Welker
- Thomas Jones
- Adrian Peterson
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Sevi Ajirotutu
- Terrell Owens
Those players' first-referenced initials, in order, read out "WALTER ALSTON", the answer to the puzzle.
Congratulations to BCCSweet, QuadSevens, Jason, ubragg, and Mr. Customer for correct answers. Next puzzle, Thursday August 11 at 7a!