Solution to The Game
Answer: END LOADED
by Xander Hughes, Zack Chroman
The puzzle presents us with some brief flavor text and a series of images. Some of these images are groups of duplicated images with red circles around one of them.
We begin by interpreting the flavor text. It uses baseball terminology (innings) and provides some specific information (May 1st, Braves Field). We might therefore try to find a baseball game that matches that description.
Looking through historical baseball records, we find the date, location, and weather match a particularly interesting game: the longest Major League Baseball game ever recorded, with a total of 26 innings played! The inning count implies that each inning of the game could be mapped to a letter of the alphabet (with 1=A, 2=B, etc.).
We now turn to the images. We notice that the names of many of the things in the images are very close to the names of players in the game. For example, Mary-Kate Olsen's last name is similar to that of Ivy Olson, 2nd baseman for the Brooklyn Robins. The Hulk's name is similar to Holke, 1st baseman for the Boston Braves.
Each image alludes to a play in the game, and the inning of the play maps to a letter. The full list of correspondences is:
|Image Description||Corresponding Play||Inning of Play||Letter|
|Recently single Mary-Kate Olsen||Ivy Olson's single||5||E|
|Third of three walking Colin Powells||Ray Powell's third walk||14||N|
|Thief caught in the act of stealing||Tony Boeckel caught stealing||4||D|
|Man walking||Les Mann's walk||12||L|
|Hulk holding bunting||Walter Holke's bunt||15||O|
|Person choosing (picking) the first of six flies||Charlie Pick's first fly out||1||A|
|Children walking through wheat||Zack Wheat's walk||4||D|
|Person picking third of six flies||Charlie Pick's third fly out||5||E|
|Second of six cruise ships run aground||Walton Cruise's second ground out||4||D|
Reading the resulting letters in order we obtain the answer, END LOADED (which happens to be a type of baseball bat).