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Cactus Canyon

Old West Revue

by John Owens

This puzzle has 11 handwritten phrases in non-Western scripts. The scripts are in alphabetical order by their Unicode name:


Each phrase is nonsensical to a native speaker of the predominant language that uses that script, but each phrase can be read aloud by a native speaker of that language to produce English-sounding words. (Testsolvers found a combination of Google Lens and Google Translate was effective in transliterating these phrases.) Each phrase is a movie quote missing one syllable:

Script Syl. Quote
Arabic HE I'm gonna make him an offer (he) can't refuse.
Bengali PLAY Play it, Sam. (Play) 'As Time Goes By.'
Cyrillic D I'm the king of the whirl (d)!
Devangari LEE Sure(ly) you can't be serious. I am serious...and don't call me Shirley
Greek O Tote(o), I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
Hangul CAR (Car)Pe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
Hebrew PEN I have always de(pen)ded on the kindness of strangers
Hiragana TER Greed, for lack of a bet(ter) word, is good
Tamil IN I love the smell of napalm (in) the morning.
Telugu DOLL My name is Joel Goodsen. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand (doll)ars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?"
Thai HOUSE This is my (house) I have to defend it.

The missing syllables spell "He played Leo Carpenter in Dollhouse", cluing the answer, JOSH COOKE.

Thanks to an army of talented transliterators: Seetha Annamraju, Dahlia Carr, Elan Carr, Prem Devanbu, Roma Devanbu, Tatiana Kashina, Sarah Kistler, Yong Jae Lee, Rachel Manber, Shelly Manber, Anjul Patney, Mangpo Phothilimthana, Shubho Sengupta, Mark Silberstein, Ilias Tagkopoulos, Ian Tullis, and Praneeth Yerrapragada.