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    What do the five players listed (first & last name) have in common. Each letter is used exactly once, and the player names are interwovenly spelled in consecutive order, from left to right. There is no overlapping from the end letter back to the beginning letter. I THINK I MAY KNOW WHY THERE IS SOME CONFUSION.

    WHEN I SAID NO OVERLAP BETWEEN END LETTER AND BEGIN LETTER, I MEANT THE VERY END LETTER, THE LAST 'N' TO THE BEGIN LETTER 'R'. SORRY. THERE CAN BE CONTINUATION FROM ONE ROW TO THE NEXT, HOWEVER IN SPELLING A NAME.
    Last edited by RBIS; 02-13-2008, 12:04 PM.
    I once had an awkward Baseball Fever moment just to see what it feels like...

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    I'm not sure if I understand this. If a player has 10 letters in his name, will the 10 letters be in 10 consecutive columns?

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    • #3
      It's hard to look at the four rightmost columns and think they can all be used.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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      • #4
        I'm stuck too... the way I understood it was that the letters were in order, but mixed up. As an example, in this list:

        NROEGRGIMECSMAITSHH could break down into Norm Cash and Reggie Smith. Both players have their names in order.

        But if I try this method, the only first name I can come up with from the first six letters RJJBOG is Roger, since we need a vowel after one of the RJJB group, and G must be used in this name before we can see another vowel. Unfortunately, once I get to the second R in Roger, it doesn't give me letters to produce anyone who ever played MLB. Rog Moret is here, but I never heard his first name pronounced that way.

        I tried using RJ Reynolds, but there's no S. No I, K, P, Q, U, V, W, X, or Z either. And initials aren't fair here - it's hard enough using vowels.

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        • #5
          I'm just waiting for Utter.

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          • #6
            I agree with Gee Walker. I'm confused on this one as well. :noidea

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gee Walker View Post
              I'm stuck too... the way I understood it was that the letters were in order, but mixed up. As an example, in this list:

              NROEGRGIMECSMAITSHH could break down into Norm Cash and Reggie Smith. Both players have their names in order.

              But if I try this method, the only first name I can come up with from the first six letters RJJBOG is Roger, since we need a vowel after one of the RJJB group, and G must be used in this name before we can see another vowel. Unfortunately, once I get to the second R in Roger, it doesn't give me letters to produce anyone who ever played MLB. Rog Moret is here, but I never heard his first name pronounced that way.

              I tried using RJ Reynolds, but there's no S. No I, K, P, Q, U, V, W, X, or Z either. And initials aren't fair here - it's hard enough using vowels.
              G dub, you are on the right track. But there is at least one other first name beginning with 'R' that can be derived from the matrix. The names are spelled out in order, left to right, but there is no rule saying how far spread out they can be. This may be too hard, if this reply does not help, I will start giving out some letters & clues. Try your 'R' names again, I think you will get a little further.
              I once had an awkward Baseball Fever moment just to see what it feels like...

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              • #8
                I'm guessing that if the letters were arranged this way it would make more sense:

                RJJBOGAONOHARNNBRBNBYORCRACCTYAAAEBFNMORETOLELTRAE ADN

                Then possible first names would be:
                John, Bob, Bobby, Barry, Harry, Gary, Ron, Rob....

                Am I on the right track?

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                • #9
                  It's the G that's killing me... the possibilities for using names starting with RJJBOG are:

                  RJ (can't be RJ Reynolds)
                  RB (nobody)
                  JJ (nobody who played the game fits the letters. I thought I had JJ Hardy, but the d comes way too late.)
                  JB (nobody)

                  That leaves us with using the O after the R, J, or B. But that gives us the problem of what to do with the G, since it can't start a name, and since there weren't any players with the initials RG, JG, or BG.

                  And there aren't any JOG or BOG first names. So I'm still stuck on ROG to start the sequence, and it isn't working. There's the possibility of ROY later on, but if I do that, I'm stuck with the G again...

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                  • #10
                    It almost killed me, but here they are:

                    Gary Carter, Ron Brand, John Boccabella, Barry Foote, and John Bateman.

                    Catchers pour les Expos, oui?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Utter Chaos View Post
                      I'm guessing that if the letters were arranged this way it would make more sense:

                      RJJBOGAONOHARNNBRBNBYORCRACCTYAAAEBFNMORETOLELTRAE ADN

                      Then possible first names would be:
                      John, Bob, Bobby, Barry, Harry, Gary, Ron, Rob....

                      Am I on the right track?
                      Now were gettin' somewhere!
                      I once had an awkward Baseball Fever moment just to see what it feels like...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gee Walker View Post
                        It almost killed me, but here they are:

                        Gary Carter, Ron Brand, John Boccabella, Barry Foote, and John Bateman.

                        Catchers pour les Expos, oui?
                        Close enough! First five catchers for the Expos! Take two and call me in the morning! Seriously, well done.
                        I once had an awkward Baseball Fever moment just to see what it feels like...

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for saving me at least an afternoon, Gee, and nice word puzzle, Ribbie...
                          Life is complex, it has both real and imaginary parts.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mikie View Post
                            Thank you for saving me at least an afternoon, Gee, and nice word puzzle, Ribbie...
                            I hope these are appropriate for the forum, we have exhausted most of the "normal" trivia, I was just trying to be creative.
                            I once had an awkward Baseball Fever moment just to see what it feels like...

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