We have occasionally had players muse that it would be fun to trickle out a “long game” sort of puzzle via team name in the monthly Puzzled Pint standings over the course of many months. To my knowledge, we now have our first standings-based puzzle.
There is a team of players in Portland that, since October, have been putting their team name on their answer sheet as a sticky-label of symbols and letters. For instance, when they started this weirdness, they were known as “
! XEHPOH !” on the answer sheet and in the Portland standings. I’m not sure I know the entire team, but I do know the two responsible for this puzzle. One has been a Puzzled Pint guest author and another will be soon.
This past month, their team submitted an unusual answer sheet that seemingly ties together the past 7 months of mystery team names:
It was a fun little puzzle that I’m reprinting here as a bonus puzzle for everyone. To save you a trip to the standings page, here are their previous team names:
Team Names ~~~~~~~~~~ 2014-10 ! XEHPOH ! 2014-11 @ PGTODD @ 2014-12 ~ HTUI.Z ~ 2015-01 % RDORK! % 2015-02 $ IFRCYI $ 2015-03 # KQXIRZ #
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