Matthew Parker's Decoder #2012-3

Go into overtime busting this code!

MPD March 2012

How It Works:

There are lots of sports-related items in this code. To bust it, all you do is read only the letters inside sports balls.


Basketball was created on a rainy day in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith of the YMCA. He used peach baskets to catch the balls—and his players had to stop the game to retrieve the ball with each point scored. Basketball quickly grew more popular, but it wasn’t until 15 years later that peach baskets were replaced with hoops and backboards.

Look for another secret message next month!

Copyright © 2012 by Christopher Maselli. Used by permission. Illustration © Gary Locke.