Squaring the Circle
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Start by solving the two sets of clues. The straight lines in the diagram correspond to the \ clues, and the circular paths correspond to the o clues.
The o clues may look a bit strange, but they all have a key characteristic in common: they are all 12 words long. There are also 12 circles on the circular paths in the diagram.
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The o clues can be "rotated"; the first word in the clue, as given, corresponds to the letter at the top of the circle. The first word in the un-rotated clue corresponds to the first letter of the answer. If the answer to a clue should go counterclockwise, the words in the clue are given in reverse order.
Have you tried reading the first letters of the given clues?
|cluephrases, cut, glue||
The cluephrase from the \ clues tells you to cut along the long axis. This makes two loops. Then, the cluephrase from the o clues tells you to glue red to green. This should leave you with a rather unusual shape.
There is one more step needed to "square the circle"; can you find a way to "cut corners" from the unusual shape you've glued together?
Cutting along the central axis of both circles produces a square!
The final diagram suggests that the way to extract is to consider the original problem of squaring the circle: constructing a square and circle with equal area. There are 8 intersections highlighted.
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