# Solution to When All is Lost

#### by Alan Huang; snowflake grid by DD Liu

Trying to solve the clues directly won’t work, and adding up all the enumerations produces a number well over twice the number of cells in the grid. However, some of the clues almost make sense, and they all work out if some letters are removed between the definition and the wordplay. Each clue removes one of six sets of letters, which are clued in cryptic fashion by the quotes from each character.

 Elsa (from Frozen): -IT Moana (from Moana): -HEART Katara (from Avatar): -HE Misty (from Pokémon): -ALL Mei (from Overwatch): -MOVE Jaina (from Warcraft): -PEACE

For example, in the first clue, a 10-letter American capital is MONTEVIDEO, while an anagram of NOT DIE gives NTIDEO. The latter can be produced (in order) by removing the letters MOVE (not necessarily in order) from the former, so this is a Mei clue.

The reduced answers can then be filled into the grid. For clues where the letters appear more than once in the original answer, the wordplay half usually disambiguates which ones to drop, but checking against letters from other clues is necessary in some cases.

1 SE 2 E 3 SE MONTEVIDEO - MOVE = NTIDEO INSTALL - ALL = INST INSTagram TINFOIL - IT = NFOIL NIL FRANTIC - IT = FRANC ddef ENCHANTER - HEART = ENCN gottEN CNotes EDITHS - HE = DITS eDITS HORTENSIA - HEART = ONSI fONSI HAMSTER - HEART = MS Many Schoolkids TIE-INS - IT = IENS h sapIENS MISGOVERNS - MOVE = ISGRNS SPIRIT - IT = SPRI SPRInted GRIT - IT = GR GeaR HONEST - HE = ONST ON + ST TAILSPIN - IT = ALSPIN AL[SP]IEN - E BAREILLES - ALL = BREIES BaRdExIlEiS REPHRASE - HE = REPRAS HERETICAL - HEART = EICL Ecu… Inq… Cou… Lam… HEATHEN - HE = EATHN EAT + HallucinogeN DIRTIES - IT = DRIES ddef TETRAHEDRA - HEART = TAEDR TA + CHEAPENED - PEACE = HNED

When all the answers are entered, every cell is part of two answers except the ones highlighted below. Those spell out STARMIEDOESNOTEVENHAVEASPEAR, which is a final (standard) cryptic clue that solves to sTaRmIeDoEsNoT = TRIDENT.

## Author’s Notes

This puzzle originated when I was walking back home from seeing Frozen 2 and realized that the lines from “All is Found” quoted in the flavortext were a perfect description of a crossword extraction. The crossword answers would be modified using a number of characters’ water or ice powers. I added the hexagonal grid to fit the ice flavor, and made it a cryptic so that the two halves of each clue could confirm both the original and modified answers.

I originally wanted each character to use a different mechanic — for example, Moana’s “heart” could just as easily mean the middle letter of an answer — but I couldn’t make it work out, so they ended up having the same mechanic, just with different letters. It might have been more elegant for the final cluephrase to drop the letters ALL as given in the title, as a do-it-again step, but at least the cluephrase referencing Starmie fits with ALL being Misty’s letters.

The final cluephrase has a hidden double meaning. As used for extraction, it ends with “… have a spear” and solves to TRIDENT. However, it could also be parsed as “… have Aspear”. The Aspear Berry is a held item in Pokémon that cures freezing, and indeed Misty’s Starmie does not hold one in any of the games where she appears, even though it seems like it could be quite useful in the context of this puzzle. (In case you were wondering, Starmie doesn’t learn the move Icicle Spear either.)