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The Cooperstown Grid: Winner and Solution

First off, I want to thank everyone who checked out the contest, especially those of you who tried solving the puzzle. Here’s how it worked:

The 9×9 grid was actually comprised of 9 3×3 grids with letters that, when rearranged, spelled out names of baseball Hall of Famers. In 6 of these grids, the letters spelled out a first and last name. In the other 3, they spelled out just a last name. These names were (from left to right):

Top Row: Jim Palmer, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson
Middle Row: Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, Eckersley
Bottom Row: Tony Gwynn, Henderson, Newhouser

Most of you found these names, but were unsure as to what to do next. When I numbered the columns 1-9, I was hoping that someone would think outside the box and start thinking about how numbers could play a role in this puzzle. If you notice, every one of the players from the 9 3×3 grids wore a double-digit uniform number that was later retired by a Major League team. The uniform numbers of these players were actually coordinates to the letters you needed to find in order to find one last 9-letter jumble, which would lead to the identity of the mystery Hall of Famer.

Jim Palmer (22) (2nd column, 2nd box) = L
Dizzy Dean (17) (1st column, 7th box) = N
Bob Gibson (45) (4th column, 5th box) = N
Tom Seaver (41) (4th column, 1st box) = Y
Hank Aaron (44) (4th column, 4th box) = A
Eckersley (43) (4th column, 3rd box) = N
Tony Gwynn (19) (1st column, 9th box) = O
Henderson (24) (2nd column, 4th box) = A
Newhouser (16) (1st column, 6th box) = R

To see the grid again, here is the original post.

Put that all together and you get “LNNYANOAR” which when rearranged spells out the name of the secret Hall of Famer:

NOLAN RYAN!

Jason aka “The Jaw” was the first person to correctly solve the puzzle and (like I said) will win a special prize of someone directly related to the contest. The prize is actually one that’s on its way to my house right now and will be revealed on my next installment of Old School Hits shortly.

Thanks again all! Hope you enjoyed it!

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CONTEST: The Cooperstown Grid (Big HOF Prize!)

THE CONTEST HAS ENDED. “THE JAW” FIGURED OUT THE CORRECT ANSWER, NOLAN RYAN. DETAILS WILL BE POSTED LATER TONIGHT/TOMORROW. FOR NOW, SEE IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW HE DID IT. CONGRATS JAW!

Last month, when I created the Crack This! contest, it was far more successful than I had anticipated. It seems that there are quite a few out there who like puzzles so I’m back again to give you your fix with something I call The Cooperstown Grid. Here’s how it works:

Below, you will find a 9×9 jumble of letters. Hidden in the jumble are the identities of several baseball Hall of Famers. Your job will be not only to figure out who these men are, but use them (the real puzzle) to figure out the identity of the secret Hall of Famer, who is the key to winning this contest. The first person to correctly post the identity of the secret Hall of Famer ON THIS POST will be declared the winner and will win a VERY special prize of someone related to this contest (something awesome, trust me). The special prize will be revealed once the contest is over.

EDIT: If you are viewing this post on the homepage, click on this particular post to see the grid better. The letters should be centered that way.

EDIT2: Not only are the grid letters important in this puzzle… Numbers are as well. This will be the only hint I give.

COOPERSTOWN GRID

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Crack This! WINNER AND SOLUTION!

Well, not even 24 hours after I unveiled the code, we have our winner! The winner was Scott of Hand Collated!!!. I’m not sure if I made the code hard enough but I didn’t want to make it so hard that nobody would get it for days on end. Anyway, here’s the solution to my contest and the meaning of all the colors and hints that I gave:

I told you that the characters you’d need would be highlighted in bold colors in selected posts. I also gave the subtle (later not so subtle) hint that clicking on my Best Of page would be of great importance as this was your starting point. When you click on this page, you’ll notice that five posts have their numbers and dates highlighted in different colors: red, orange, blue, violet, and green. The object was to go to each of these posts and write down the highlighted characters IN THE CORRECT ORDER, as in the order of the spectrum/rainbow. Remember that mnemonic device, ROY G. BIV, that you probably used in grade school? That was the key to figuring out the order OR you could’ve just looked at the original post as I highlighted the word “COLOR” in the different colors in their proper order. This was what clue 1, Follow the Rainbow, was referring to.

The characters from each post, in order were:

1. ’98 Flair (red) : XMIT0R3WICPNP1EO

2. ’97 EX-2000 (orange): SAWTBY9ECMIKE

3. Blog Bat Around (green): 9RTTALSUOYCK6HS

4. ’99 Skybox Thunder (blue): O8UN9C59EH2XR

5. ’97 Donruss Elite (violet): 5GEVOS8ETLW

The second clue was called ‘X’ Marks the Spot. The actual meaning of this was only to confirm that the letter ‘X’ was the first character in the cluster that you’d have to decode and it would serve as the point to where you have to start the “special pattern” in order to find the message which leads to me to clue 3….

Kong Sketch, Your Team Mini

What in the hell could that possibly mean??? This was a reference to the epic, EPIC, Gint-A-Cuffs competition! If you’ve been keeping up with it, you’d know that as per the scoring of Gint-A-Cuffs, a Brian Kong Sketch card is valued at 3 points or (+3) and a mini of your favorite team (assuming they aren’t the Yankees) is worth 1 point or (+1). This is the pattern that was used to find the message.

So to put that all together: START THE ‘X’ AND ADVANCE 3, THEN ADVANCE 1. REPEAT UNTIL YOU GET TO THE END OF THE CLUSTER AND YOU’LL HAVE THE MESSAGE!

The winning message then reads as:

TOWINPOSTBECKETTSUCKSON99EXREVIEW

The first person to go to my review of 1999 E-X(Century) and leave a comment saying that Beckett sucks (come on, there had to be Beckett bashing) would then be declared the winner and that’s exactly what happened with Scott!
Congrats Scott and thanks to everyone that has checked out my blog in the past 24 hours (over 1,000 of you which is ridiculous traffic for this blog)! I hope you had fun trying to figure out my nonsense and that nobody went crazy trying to figure it out. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with something next year when the 2010 code comes out. 😉

CONTEST: Crack This! (A and G Prizes)

Alright ladies and gents, here it is…my latest, greatest, and most complex contest yet. It’s no secret that “Gintermania” has been running wild all over the blogosphere lately with the countless breaks, Gint-A-Cuffs posts, and even the unraveling of the 2009 Ginter Code (hats off to those guys). However, now lies a new challenge.

When Mike and Nick revealed how they solved the ’09 code step by step, I was not only in awe, but the contest maker in me was inspired. I was inspired to create my own little version of the Ginter code to be cracked by you, the blogosphere. Before I go any further, I did warn you in the last post that you’d all think I was nuts.

Also, before I give the instructions, here’s a look at what you’ll be playing for:

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The lot will be comprised of 5 “hits” from various years of Allen and Ginter, as well as a 2001 UD Decade 1970’s quad bat of Bench/Garvey/Stargell/Foster. I will also throw in some extra A & G inserts not pictured here. The first person to correctly solve the code will win the entire lot. If the code remains unsolved after Monday, I will add at least one more non-Ginter auto/GU into the lot.

Now for the actual details of the code:

Just like the real codes from 2008 and 2009 A & G, my code also reveals a specific command.

The first person to successfully find the message and perform the action will win the cards.

As for the actual characters that will comprise the “cluster” that you will have to decode, they are highlighted bold and in colors in selected posts. You must find these characters in the correct order to break the code. Once you have all the characters, you will have to figure out the “special pattern” that will spell the message out for you.

Unlike Topps however, I will give you some clues that will be vital to breaking this code. Commit these to memory:

1. Follow the Rainbow.
2. ‘X’ Marks the spot.
3. Kong Sketch, Your Team Mini

Good luck to all who choose to take this task head on. May the best (*cough* bestofpagehint *cough) win…

Now, get crackin’!
P.S. There are more than three clues in this post.

P.P.S. I told you I was nuts!

UD Decade 1970’s Contest!

In the previous post, I mentioned that the next box break would be 2001 UD Decade 1970’s and that there would be a little contest involved. Here is is:

Inserted into every one of these (image courtesy of SC Central)…

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is one of these (Image courtesy of this auction):

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Now the rules of the contest:

1. Your job will be to predict which bat card I will pull from my box, based on the checklist I will supply below.
2. Only one guess per person! Guesses must be submitted before next Sunday, the 10th.
3. I am looking for the answer to which single bat card I will pull. If for some reason I pull a multi-player bat card in place of a single, the first person to correctly guess one of the players on the card will win the contest.
4. The winner of the contest will receive the small lot of cards below . Each card features a player or players active in the 1970’s.
5. If for some reason nobody guesses correctly, I will hold a random drawing to determine the winner.

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Here is the checklist. I will update this list every time a player has been selected.

B-BH    Bud Harrelson SP
B-RM    Rick Monday (bozemanbreaker)
B-RH    Ron Hunt
B-REJ    Reggie Jackson (Ryan Cracknell)
B-RAJ    Randy Jones
B-OS    Ozzie Smith (skoormit)
B-NR    Nolan Ryan (sportsheros123)
B-MW    Maury Wills (slette)
B-MM    Manny Mota (Atlanta_Chris)
B-KG    Ken Griffey Sr. (packaddict)
B-JOC    Jose Cruz (Mark Mosley)
B-RS    Ron Santo (Greg L.)
B-RW    Roy White
B-GN    Graig Nettles SP (deal)
B-KH    Keith Hernandez SP (Fuji)
B-RC    Roberto Clemente SP (Chris S)
B-TOS    Tom Seaver SP (mdaubrey)
B-TUM    Tug McGraw SP (Ben The Hen)
B-WR    Willie Randolph (SouthSideSluggers)
B-WM    Willie Montanez
B-TIM    Tim McCarver (Schadigung)
B-TD    Tommy Davis
B-SG    Steve Garvey (Mike Newman)
B-JM    Joe Morgan (Alec)
B-JAC    Jack Clark (The Jaw)
B-DB    Don Baylor (Greg A.)
B-DAE    Darrell Evans (Don)
B-CF    Carlton Fisk (beardy)
B-BR    Bill Russell
B-BP    Boog Powell (RobProp)
B-BOM    Bobby Murcer (nevermore)
B-BIM    Bill Madlock (the drizz)
B-BG    Bobby Grich (Matt)
B-BB    Bobby Bonds (Dinged Corners)
B-AO    Al Oliver (JBob)
B-DC    Dave Concepcion (Drew)
B-DP    Dave Parker (owlatnight)
B-HM    Hal McRae
B-HA    Hank Aaron (volleygod67)
B-GM    Garry Maddox (Dan)
B-GL    Greg Luzinski (Rod)
B-GF    George Foster (Chris)
B-GC    Gary Carter (RoofGod)
B-FL    Fred Lynn (thehamiltonian)
B-EM    Eddie Murray (Adam E.)
B-DWE    Dwight Evans (Dan)
B-DW    Dave Winfield (PunkRockPaint)
B-AD    Andre Dawson (JustinB521)

Good luck to all!

Edit: I apologize but I had to delete some of the comments. Because I wasn’t around to moderate the comments right away, two people picked Greg Luzinski and George Foster. For these selections, I went by whoever commented first. Sorry for the inconvenience.