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SSQQ Logic Problem: The Baseball Lineup

Baseball Manager Hank smiled as he watched his talented lineup belt the ball around the diamond. The Louisville Sluggers were leading the Scranton Mudhens 10-0. The game was so far out of reach that the various players were taking it pretty easy out there.

Hank laughed at the antics of the three players known as the Stooges - Blow, Roe, and Schmoe - as they clowned around out in the field.  They were definitely entertaining to watch.

Then when his team came to bat, he gasped in awe as the Polish Rifle, Paul Kowalski, hit a towering homer. 11-0. He rolled his eyes as Pete Schmidt  argued with the ump about a called strike 3. Heck, his team was winning by ten runs. It was a long season. Why antagonize the umpire?

Kitt and Simmons hit back to back singles, then Ed "Half" Whitt knocked in two runs with a triple. 13-0.  Kent bunted him home with a squeeze play. 14-0.

What a team!!

From the clues listed below, can you figure out which player wore what number (1 through 9) and which position he played?

1.  The outfielders' last names rhymed.

2.  The outfielders' numbers, from left field around to right, increased and were consecutive.

3.  The names of the catcher, the third baseman, and the left fielder all began with the same letter.

4.  The numbers of the catcher, the first baseman, and the right fielder had no "curves" in them.

5.  The man with the longest name had the highest number.

6.  The sum of the outfielders' numbers equaled the sum of the infielders' numbers (Note: the pitcher and the catcher are not considered infielders).

7.  The number of letters in the pitcher's and the catcher's names when added together was equal to the sum of their uniform numbers.

8.  The four infielders, reading from first base around to third, were positioned alphabetically.

9.  The second baseman's number was half the number of letters in the center fielder's name.

About the Puzzle: This is a difficult one, folks. I completely got it wrong the first time.  But you know what?  I liked solving it!

The good news is the puzzle plays fair. I didn't have any objections to how any of the clues were worded. For example, in Clue 4, "8" has curves. "7" has no curves, just fastballs. Ha Ha.

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Good luck!!

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