## Friday, May 11, 2012

### PCS 5.3 Solution

Yesterday's puzzle required you to solve crossword-style clues, but where to they fit on the grid sheet? Well, every column has 13 slots, and the first clue was 8 letters. From the syntax of the clues, you needed to infer that the result should be "between" the information you needed for each player. For each player, the digits of their uniform number plus the letters in the word add up to, you guessed it, 13!

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Arrange all the clues in that manner, and you find the the phrase "Most Stolen Bases in Blue" running right through the middle of the grid. The Dodgers' most prolific base stealer is Maury Wills, of course!

Congratulations to solvers ubragg, BCCSweet, Jason, and Mr. F!  Rankings will be published shortly. Next puzzle, Thursday May 24, 7am.

Jersey numbers!?!? GAAAAHHH!!! It makes so much sense now.

Nicknames worked for a couple players. BEASTwardMODE and THEsosBULLDOG. Nice puzzle and good job to the folks who solved it.

Fred's Brim said...

I don't even understand the answer

Steve Sax said...

@FB: for example, Karros was #23. In that column, we go: two spaces gray + BASEMENT + three spaces gray.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

DAMMIT

Fred's Brim said...

I know I am not a dum dum, but I never even come close on any of these. To the point where I've stopped trying. The only one I even had a bead on was the morse code one from last year but I couldn't get past the first stage

Steve Sax said...

@FB, if Stubbs will let me bring down the PCS a bit, i have some ideas for some easier-entry-point puzzles. Stay tuned...

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax please don't dumb it down for my sake! I usually don't have the time to play anyway

Plus ubragg may think the games are too easy and go elsewhere for his mental stimulation

Franklin Stubbs said...

Actually, the plan is to have a good mix of puzzle types an difficulties, but I'm notoriously bad at figuring out which is which.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Even if it's not the fucking riddle of the sphinx, there's competition at the top. It doesn't do BCCSweet any good to solve in 10 minutes if EK solves in 9, for example.

spank said...

Too easy,mang.

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

@FB: I'm not making the puzzles easier for you, silly rabbit. I'm making the puzzles easier for ME

Cliff Beefpile said...

@FB, You're not dumb, but I am and I have no problems admitting it. So just do what I do and make up your own answer! For me, the answer to this one was Nick Nolte. And, for the record, I figured it out in under 7 minutes...a new personal best!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I had Jacqueline Bissette. But it took me 33 minutes. 7 to solve and 26 to finally figure out that Jacqueline was not a former Dodger.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

@FB: Flaming Menudos fans are not dum dums, they are dim dims.

MR.F said...

Hint #5 sealed the deal for me. But that title hint was sooooo confusing.

Franklin Stubbs said...

See, I thought the title hint was a dead giveaway. Just goes to show what I know...