## Monday, September 19, 2011

### Off-Day Puzzle #10: The Finale

Good luck!

Of the last 31 you have seen,
ubragging rights came with sixteen,
Each time you learn who wins,
Note how the text begins,
So you can prevent seventeen.

Puzzle Rules: The answer to the puzzle is a current or former Dodger. Comment freely in the thread, but if you have the solution, please don't give it away to everyone in the comments section. Instead, do the following:

• Email us with the first and last name of the answer, along with your reasoning (answers arrived at via luck or the wrong reasoning, even if correct, count for participation credit only). And please include your screen name somewhere in the email; and

You have until midnight PT tonight to submit your answer. Solution will be posted tomorrow. Good luck!

Hint #1 (10:00am): If you're confused with the 4th-to-last word of the resulting message, think about Tom Hanks' volleyball buddy.

Hint #2 (10:00am): You're gotta do it for all 31, not just the 16.

Hint #3 (2:00pm): Additional hint embedded in limerick.

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Eric Karros said...

Anybody working on this? Hint?

Mr. Customer said...

I'm working, and making progress.

Josh S. said...

Progress sent.

Jason said...

Hold on, getting coffee...

Steve K said...

Sent in some progress, but seem to be stuck at the moment...

Mr. Customer said...

I've got everything but the answer.

Mr. Customer said...

Dusty Baker said...

Steve K said...

Eric Karros said...

will review emails shortly...

Spank Horst said...

Yowsa! Yowsa! Yowsa!

Eric Karros said...

Hint will post soon...

Eric Karros said...

Steve K in with the first correct answer!

1. Steve K

Eric Karros said...

Newsflash: Mr C sort of got it before Steve K. I say 'sort of' because he sent in an answer that, excluding Hint #1, is just a valid as the actual answer.

So I'll have to make a judgment call. Result coming soon.

[1. Mr C?]
1. Steve K

Mr. Customer said...

Leave it to me to find a way to be outside the box.

Mr. Customer said...

Well, it makes more sense your way. I'm conceding my claim to the first answer.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

Hint this!

Steve Sax said...

East German judge votes for Mr. C, but I think Steve K stuck the landing

Josh S. said...

On last step. Don't know where to look for what I need.

Josh S. said...

Eric Karros said...

Mr C graciously concedes top stop. So it's:

1. Steve K
2. Mr C

Will check your email shortly Josh and will try to post another hint too soon

Steve K said...

So my two wins this year are the one created by Mr. C that he couldn't compete in and this one, in which Mr. C conceded the win.

Eric Karros said...

Josh S is in!

1. Steve K
2. Mr C
3. Josh S

BTW, if Mr C's concession becomes the difference between his victory and Ubragg's, I will have to reconsider letting him concede.

Had ideas. Not panning out. Hmmm.

Eric Karros said...

Hint #3 posted

Jason said...

Eric Karros said...

Jason is fourth:

1. Steve K
2. Mr C
3. Josh S
4. Jason

Lots of research. Lots of notes. Not a clue.

Josh S. said...

I'm actually pretty surprised by the low number of solvers.

Mr. Customer said...

As am I.

Steve K said...

I'm also surprised.

Eric Karros said...

Those surprised by the low number of solvers:

1. Josh S
2. Mr C
3. Steve K

ubragg said...