Slash Fiction (solution)

by Seth Schoen and Vera Yin; video editing by Phoebe Kuo; additional footage by j Baumgart

Each of the twenty video clues represents a MIME type being acted out by Parisian mimes. Each clue consists of a content type, a slash, and a content subtype.

In each case, Pierre acts out the content type in a nondescript indoor location / then Aurélie acts out the content subtype in front of a Paris landmark. Except as described below, each of the MIME types indicated can be found in the official IANA list at

The types in question and the landmarks where Aurélie is acting them out are, in the order presented in the puzzle,

multipart/alternativePalais du Luxembourg (Sénat / Jardin du Luxembourg) Aurélie is wearing an ankh, spiky bracelets, and scarier makeup
multipart/form-dataPlace de la Concorde Aurélie is displaying a French income tax form and Lt. Cmdr. Data
application/x-ghostviewCimetière de la Villette Aurélie notices a ghost in the cemetery
image/x-iconSquare des Épinettes Aurélie is displaying an icon of Saints Sophia, Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov
application/indexÉglise de la Sainte-Trinité Aurélie is consulting the index of her book of maps
application/x-latexÉcluses des Récollets Aurélie is acting out a LaTeX document
audio/midiPanthéon midi is French for ‘noon’
multipart/mixedCirque d’Hiver Aurélie is mixing invisible items in a mixing bowl
text/n3Basilique du Sacré-Cœur Aurélie is holding up the letter N three times
message/newsTour Eiffel Aurélie is reading a newspaper
video/nvLes Enfants du Monde (Parc de Bercy) Aurélie is lying down in the U.S. state of Nevada
application/octet-streamOpéra-Comique eight Aurélies sing together on the steps of the Opéra-Comique; then a stream is shown
application/oxpsBibliothèque Nationale de France Aurélie is adding an ox – un bœuf – as a postscript to the letter
text/plainMusée du Louvre Aurélie is acting as an airplane
text/REDPalais de Chaillot (Trocadéro) Aurélie is enthusiastic about the red traffic light
text/richtextMusée National Picasso the text of Aurélie’s book is surprisingly rich!
application/sieveMaison de l’Air (Parc de Belleville) Aurélie is playing with a sieve
multipart/signedCimetière du Montparnasse Aurélie is signing a letter
audio/toneCathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Aurélie is developing her muscle tone
text/turtleTour Montparnasse Aurélie is acting as a LOGO turtle

The content subtypes are arranged alphabetically. Three of them, application/x-latex, application/x-icon, and application/x-ghostview, are (widely used) unofficial types. Unofficial types begin with “x-” to show that they’re unofficial, in conformance with RFCs 2045 and 2046. The “x-” appears in the video clue but is not used in the answer extraction.

Since 1860, Paris has been divided into twenty administrative districts called arrondissements. Aurélie was eager to make a comprehensive tour of Paris, so each of the twenty subtypes is being performed in front of a recognizable landmark in a different arrondissement. The locations are

1er arrondissement: Musée du Louvre
2e arrondissement: Opéra-Comique
3e arrondissement: Musée National Picasso
4e arrondissement: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
5e arrondissement: Panthéon
6e arrondissement: Palais du Luxembourg (Sénat / Jardin du Luxembourg)
7e arrondissement: Tour Eiffel
8e arrondissement: Place de la Concorde
9e arrondissement: Église de la Sainte-Trinité
10e arrondissement: Écluses des Récollets
11e arrondissement: Cirque d’Hiver
12e arrondissement: «Les Enfants du Monde» (Parc de Bercy)
13e arrondissement: Bibliothèque Nationale de France
14e arrondissement: Cimetière du Montparnasse
15e arrondissement: Tour Montparnasse
16e arrondissement: Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro)
17e arrondissement: Square des Épinettes
18e arrondissement: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
19e arrondissement: Cimetière de la Villette
20e arrondissement: Maison de l’Air (Parc de Belleville)

If we put the types in order by the arrondissement in which each one was performed, we get


The first letters of the content subtypes spell portmanfilmnostRings, i.e., PORTMAN/FILM/NO/STRINGS. This is completed by the answer, ATTACHED.

Aurélie … Vera Yin

Pierre … Seth Schoen

Le Fantôme … Seth Schoen

Réalisation … Seth Schoen et Vera Yin

Cinématographie (Paris) … Seth Schoen

Cinématographie (San Francisco) … Phoebe Kuo

Cinématographie supplémentaire … j Baumgart

Montage … Phoebe Kuo

Musique de la trame sonore Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain par Yann Tiersen

Hommage à Nathaniel S. Borenstein et Ned Freed

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