# Athletics

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start, begin, metameta

This is a "metameta puzzle" that uses the answers to the Baseball, Basketball, and Football metapuzzles, as well as all their feeder answers. You only need the first letter of each non-meta answer.

unique

The first letters of the answers run from A-Z, without the letter J. This (and the flavor text) should give you an idea for what the 5x5 grid represents.

playfair

To construct the Playfair key, first you need to identify a set of "jersey numbers" for each team (between 1 and 25), then you need to solve a logic puzzle.

playfair, numbers

The answer to the basketball meta singles out a set of 5 numbers between 1 and 25 (and similarly for the baseball and football metas).

playfair, numbers, giving it away

There are 5 square numbers and 9 prime numbers between 1-25 (and the 11 remaining "gaps" correspond to the football answers).

playfair

The top of the grid represents the keyphrase used in the construction of the Playfair cipher -- the unused letters that make up this key are AELMNPSUZ (keyphrase enumeration: 6 5). Use this Playfair grid to decode a certain 25-letter string.

extraction, puzzle names

Write down and decode the 25 initial letters of the puzzle names (in order of the Playfair grid/numbering).

Now that you’ve helped the different teams, it’s time to give everyone a jersey and get them on the same playing field. Why have ⊥IW teams been losing to their opponents?