by Andrew Marc Greene
Answer: JEST IN THE TIME OF NICK
 President’s Day Town DARK LANTERNS Halloween Town DELAYED DROP Patriots’ Day Town HATCHET JOB Thanksgiving Town IMPEACHMENT Arbor Day Town MANDATORY SENTENCING New Year’ Town NO KNIFE Valentine’ Day Town RATIONAL THOUGHT Pi Day Town SEPIA FILTER Holi Town SMASHING PUMPKINS Bloomsday Town THE STINKING ROSE

Each town on the primary map except for Christmas Town has an “extra” answer that does not contribute to solving any of the problems associated with that town. Each of those “extra” answers could be interpreted as a prank that the April Fool has played on a different town, providing a cycle. Each town’s art (again, except for Christmas Town) contains a clock. Patriots’ Day Town’s clock only has an hour hand. This provides a break in the cycle, turning it into a chain.

The numbers pointed to by the hour and minute hands in the pranked town are used as indices for extracting letters. Solvers find that the answer to the question “What is the April Fool planning next?” is JEST IN THE TIME OF NICK. That is, they are planning a prank in Christmas Town, the only town so far unaffected.

Town in which puzzle appearsTown answerTown that answer is a prank forExtracted lettersIndexTime shown
Patriots’ DayHATCHET JOBArbor DayJE8 68:30
Arbor DayMANDATORY SENTENCINGBloomsdayST10 610:30
BloomsdayTHE STINKING ROSEValentine’s DayIN6 106:50
Valentine’s DayRATIONAL THOUGHTPi DayTH3 103:50
Pi DaySEPIA FILTERHoliET2 92:45
HoliSMASHING PUMPKINSHalloweenIM6 26:10
HalloweenDELAYED DROPNew Year’sEO2 102:50
New Year’sNO KNIFEThanksgivingFN6 16:05
ThanksgivingIMPEACHMENTPresident’s DayIC1 61:30
President’s DayDARK LANTERNSPatriots’ DayK4 n/a4:??