Play Ball: The Chipp Necktie Puzzle Challenge

Think you’re smart? Think you’re — you know — Ivy League smart?

Then see if you can figure out the cryptic meaning of this vintage Chipp emblematic necktie.

Pictured are four motifs. They are:

A clock reading 3:55

An empty whisky bottle

A woman with one breast exposed

A toilet

What does it mean? Hint: It’s about baseball.

Click “Continue” for the answer.

Given up? It’s really quite simple. Here’s what the symbols mean:

Clock = 5-4

Whisky bottle = Bottom of the fifth

Exposed breast = One out

Toilet = No one on

This testament to the wit of the legendary Chipp — the company that popularized patch madras and put Kama Sutra linings inside conservative suits — is available for $42 from Paul Winston at his tailoring shop next to Brooks Brothers on E. 44th Street. Paul has a few dozen left, and estimates them to be about 30 years old. Snatch one up by calling 212.687.0850. A sure-fire conversation piece, and just the thing to wear to the ballpark in honor of the days when men got dressed up to head down to the yard. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

7 Comments on "Play Ball: The Chipp Necktie Puzzle Challenge"

  1. This post sold at least one tie. The head of my law firm is a huge baseball fan. His daughter always complains about him being impossible to buy for, so I sent this her way. I’m sure she’ll sit on it until Christmas, but I’ll probably see it a lot next year. Very cool, and I’m not even a baseball guy.

  2. I can’t imagine a setting where I’d wear a tie showing that wardrobe malfunction 1 out.

  3. I suspect that it’s quite subtle from a distance – you probably would even have to point it out to someone – and thus would be just the thing at certain cocktail parties or dinners.

  4. I bought the tie – I am not so sure my dad’s girlfriend will appreciate the tie – but I think he will get a good kick out of it….I am looking forward to the phone call when she picks it up this week! Thanks again Jason!

  5. This is hilarious…and I would certainly knot this up for the simple fact that it would get plenty of conversations going.

  6. What a wonderful tie! I have at least 2 Chipp “Cryptic Message” ties that I liberated from my father. One shows a snake slithering through a patch of grass and the other, a bright kelly green affair covered with a white sheep…..and one black one. Classic.

  7. As an extra layer of obscurity – the tie refers to Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in game 3 of the 1932 World Series. Bottom of the fifth, one out, no one on base, score was 4-4 (look closely at the time). While the Cubs heckled Ruth mercilessly, he pointed to center field, and on the next pitch, hit a home run right where he’d pointed.
    This tie says “Heckle all you want. I’m just going to calmly hit a homer.”

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