Once upon a time, there was a group of baseball players who were also avid fans of puzzles and brain teasers. One day, during a particularly tough practice match, one of the players decided to bring in a crossword puzzle to take their minds off the game for a while.
As they worked through the clues together, they came across one that stumped them for a while: “Like some batteries and baseball teams“. They tried everything they could think of, from “alkaline” to “chargeable”, but nothing seemed to fit.
Finally, one player had a bright idea. “Wait a minute,” he said excitedly. “I’ve got it! There’s a level in our sport called Double-A!”
The others all looked at him in amazement. He was right! Double-A is a level of minor league baseball in North America, often described as being one step below the major leagues. And as it so happens, “double A” is also a term used to describe batteries that are 1.5 volts each, which is twice the voltage of a single A battery.
The team who moments earlier had been feeling demoralized and defeated by the practice match suddenly felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. They had solved the crossword clue together and had made an interesting discovery about the connection between baseball and batteries. From that day on, they made solving crossword puzzles a regular part of their pre-game routine, and they always knew the answer to clues about baseball teams and batteries. The end.