Solution to Let's Get the Ball Rolling
by Cami Ramirez-Arau
This puzzle is presented as the medal count table for some sporting event. From the title including the words “ball” and “rolling,” and from the sports teams being clued as circular images, we notice that the teams are all marbles — specifically, the sixteen teams that participated in the Marble League 2020 competition. The column labeled “Points” (PTS) serves as an enumeration to confirm the team identification.
We can reorder the teams by moving them according to the leftmost column, which shows the “change in rank” of each sports team. Teams with a red downwards arrow move down in ranking by the given number, and teams with a green upwards arrow move up in ranking by the given number.
Finally, with the teams re-ordered, we can use the “total medals” count (TM) to index into the team names. This gives the clue phrase ML ENDURANCE EVENT.
|Old Rank||Rank Change||New Rank||Team Name||TM||Indexed Letter|
|14||▲ 13||1||Team Momo||🏅×7||M|
|5||▲ 3||2||Balls of Chaos||🏅×3||L|
|6||▲ 3||3||Mellow Yellow||🏅×2||E|
|7||▲ 3||4||Minty Maniacs||🏅×8||N|
|11||▲ 5||6||Green Ducks||🏅×7||U|
|1||▼ 6||7||Raspberry Racers||🏅×10||R|
|4||▼ 5||9||Midnight Wisps||🏅×4||N|
|8||▼ 2||10||Team Galactic||🏅×9||C|
|2||▼ 11||13||Savage Speeders||🏅×3||V|
|3||▼ 13||16||Crazy Cats Eyes||🏅×8||T|
The third event in the Marble League 2020 competition was titled “Funnel Endurance,” yielding the answer FUNNEL.