Tuesday, 1 May 2007

The Backbone 002

DEDUCTION
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Gridless 004

WORD SALAD


By the look of some of the clues, you'll need a whole army of historians on side working rotating shifts for you if you are ever going to succeed in battle with May's Gridless.

When there are no clues left to solve, it’s a countdown to the finish. Get right to the task of conquering the enigmatic answerline. As always, the answerline will be the key to complete understanding of the puzzle.

Now, armed for combat with all the information we think you need: good luck!

1. QPNQFZ
Died at his feet.
2. QEVCXKWU
Adopted.
3. WULXPYLUDWH
Powerboard.
4. MHIWSJQEVGL
Death day.
5. WMTIJXQJFIYTWTRJ
All...true, even of his schooling.
6. PAROGTIGRKTJGX
His method of timekeeping.
7. CLUPCPKPCPJP
Arrived, witnessed, vanquished.
8. KIMA, ZMIV
Sections.
9. TSJAA
In Norse mythology.
10. NVHSFMW
Fellow Romans.
11. MLEEWPZQKPWL
Early win.
12. BFAXQYKFTQJUHFT
Mistress' husband, co-ruler, and victim of her fraticide.
13. EHOVPBA
Double-crossed?

This GRIDLESS rated: THORNY

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Ouisa's Ladder 002

Ouisa Kittredge
Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet. But, to find the right six people...
(Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare)

Discover a role that all of these actors have played!

1. Dances With Wolves (1990)

2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

3. Die Hard (1998)

4. The Sixth Sense (1999)

5. In Her Shoes (2005)

6. Vanilla Sky (2001)

7. War of the Worlds (2005)

8. I Am Sam (2001)

9. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

10. A Few Good Men (1992)

11. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

12. 50 First Dates (2004)

13. Punch Drunk Love (2002)

14. Capote (2005)

Code: 9-3-1-8-6-7-1-14-12-1-1-10-13

Each of the movie titles leads to the name of an actor in common with each subsequent movie title. When you have determined all of the names, you will have a ladder of thirteen interconnected actors. Read through these names according to the number code to reveal the surprising answer to this month's Ouisa's Ladder!

This OUISA'S LADDER rated: FAIR


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