Of all the puzzles in the PCS series, this was the first to invoke a demon, a satyr, a bat, and a panther. And it was the first to have Kirk Gibson as the answer.
So...where does the day go? Well, you may have noticed that there are a lot of possessives in the poem. There is in fact one per line. If you put the word 'day' to the end of each possessive noun (either before or after any trailing, pluralizing 's'), you get:
A demon(day)s soul rests on the brink,
Running deep as tattoos(day) ink;
But when’s(day) the time, that dreaded hour?
That coaxes forth the panther's(day) scour?
(The belfry(day)’s bat in madness knows,
The key plucked from a satyr(day)’s rose.)
Here _____(day)’s name ends the first week,
When sermon(day)’s voices cease to speak.
But buckle up, week two’s(day) begun!
So when’s(day) the end to all this fun?
So the poem runs through the days of the week Monday through Friday, then up through Wednesday again the following week. The missing day is Sunday. Of the '88 Dodgers w/ 25+ RBIs, only Kirk Gibson's name fits the pattern.
This puzzle is conceptually similar to the Dead Sailors puzzle two years ago. Alas, unlike this current one, the verses of the Dead Sailors poem actually made sense on their own, outside the context of the hidden puzzle). This one, well...not so much.
Congratulations to Mr C, ubragg, Quad, Steve K, Neeebs, Jason, and Josh S. Updated rankings will post soon. Next puzzle, Thurs, Sept 1, 7am!