A little less than two years ago I was working on a California puzzle (not far from the one featured today) and just couldn't get a toe-hold at all. There was one thing that seemed quite out of place ... an attribute that I wouldn't think twice about seeing around here, but that seemed strangely out of place there. Perhaps that was part of the puzzle? After a lot of work I finally solved the puzzle, and in conversing with the CO, asked him what was up with that attribute (which turned out to be completely unrelated to the solution). I'm not sure he even remembered where it started, but it seems to have been a little inside joke that a lot of folks out there have picked up on. It even inspired one CO to pen:
An Ode To My Favorite Attribute
Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.