Movie-Musicals (solution)

by Patrick Blindauer and Francis Heaney

This puzzle has 18 close-ups from movie posters, presented in alphabetical order and a collage of 18 Playbill covers with their titles removed presented randomly.

The first step is to identify the movies and the musicals involved. Once that’s done, the next step is to pair the titles by placing them into the boxes provided.

Next, overlap the end of each movie title with the beginning of its paired musical title. There will be one extra letter in every case (always in the movie title), which is the letter to extract. The extra letters spell LIPPASTHEWILDBLANK which refers to Andrew Lippa’s musical “The Wild Party” (wikipedia entry). The answer is PARTY.


Charlie Wilson’s War
The Color of Money
Duck Soup
Enchanted April
Fool’s Gold
Grave of the Fireflies
The Help
Life Is Sweet
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Men in Black
The Mission
Mulholland Falls
Say Anything
Schindler’s List
Spy Kids
The Star Chamber


(roughly from top to bottom and left to right)

On Your Toes
High Spirits
Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk
La Cage aux Folles
Hello, Dolly!
Little Women
Song and Dance
American Idiot
Queen of the Desert
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Starlight Express
South Pacific
Les Miserables

Enchanted AprilPriscilla, Queen of the DesertL
Grave of the FirefliesLes MiserablesI
Duck SoupSouth PacificP
The HelpHello, Dolly!P
SabrinaBring in Da Noise, Bring in Da FunkA
Schindler’s ListLittle WomenS
Life Is SweetSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetT
IshtarStarlight ExpressH
The Color of MoneyOn Your ToesE
Charlie Wilson’s WarSarafina!W
The MissionSong and DanceI
Mulholland FallsFalsettosL
Spy KidsKismetD
The Star ChamberAmerican IdiotB
Fool’s GoldGodspellL
Madonna: Truth or DareDreamgirlsA
Say AnythingHigh SpiritsN
Men in BlackLa Cage aux FollesK
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