GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – That Time of Year

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The past week’s conundrum as previously listed:

fallmedley02Something interesting happened (or started) this past weekend that always tends to happen around this time of year.

Below, please find some 54 two-letter and three-letter combinations that, when properly combined, create 20 terms that are highly relevant to this most recent seasonal occurrence and its peer counterparts around the calendar. This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week is to decipher these 20 terms by concatenating the two-letter and three-letter combinations appropriately, and then listing what these 20 terms all have in common.

Example: er, oc, and tob can all be concatenated to create “october.”

Here are the letter combinations for concatenation:

alsaneatbucarccceckecks
cocsdindseeleesenseriers
ersersesgiahelaklillilti
ltsmarmavnknsnsntsntsots
oxoxpapatphipiravreri
rssaispststotesurswhiya

Most of the submissions sent realized that these bigrams and trigrams could be used to created sports teams, and the list of teams as is follows:

NFL:
Buccaneers
Patriots
Steelers
Colts
Giants
Saints
Packers
Ravens

MLB:
Marlins
Red Sox
White Sox
Cardinals
Phillies
Yankees
Giants

NBA:
Heat
Mavericks
Lakers
Celtics
Spurs
Pistons

While “sports teams” is indeed a common theme among the teams listed, the set of teams above also happens to have won the championship-level events (MLB World Series, NFL Superbowl, NBA Championships) for their respective leagues within the past decade.

Congratulations goes to Aaron Mayer, winner of this week’s $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate. Many thanks to everyone that entered a submission, and to ThinkGeek for all that they do for us.

Happy Puzzling!

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