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# Solution to ðŸ””ðŸ¦‡ðŸ¦‡ðŸ¦‡

Solvers are presented with a 12x12 grid of images, each labeled with a number. The number for each image represents the enumeration of the word that the image represents. Each of the accompanying clues yields an answer that phonetically combines a number of words identified in the grid. The amount of words combined to form the answer is represented by the number at the end of each clue. These phonetically-combined answers can be found on the grid in wordsearch fashion: in a straight line, diagonals included.

When solvers discover that one of the clues, "What this grid also is (3)" yields the answer NURIKABE, they should note that the lines formed by the clues follow the rules of filling in a Nurikabe wall. That is, there are no 2x2 areas, and it creates one continuous area.

After finding all the correct answers to the clues, solvers will be left with 12 unused "areas". These areas each have a number of squares equal to the numbers found underneath the grid. The order of these numbers are determined by starting on the top-left corner and going left-to-right top-to-bottom, noting the first square encountered for each area.

The words identified in these unused areas can also be phonetically combined to make a phrase. These phrases have one thing in common: they all relate somehow to an "island", a reference to "Islands in the Stream", the alternate name of a Nurikabe. Taking the first letter of each island related to the identified phrases in order of the numbers below the grid yields CALL IN CHASER, an instruction to submit the answer to this puzzle: CHASER.

ABCDEFGHIJKL
1 DIE MAXI YAWN MARRY OHM BRAY HER WHO YAW MASS STIR EMIR
2 SHARP JAWS TEEN END TALK BEE HANG CAULK RUE BRIE KATE OLD
3 WANNA ONE PAY TYPE KALE EBB RA MOON NEIGH ROB BERT COLA ABE
4 MAI HEAR TARO NOTE TIG Z SEA ROSE BUD DEN RICK WREN
5 RAMA ROE KIN WHACK FEE ROAD LEMON SAUL BUTT NU KNEE HARL
6 ORE CADDIE MIA TWO LICK AGREE SNORE TERI ASS MON LYNN SHAKE
7 PAN HEROES BECK TIN ILL THIN E LAN JOHN AIR EDGE COOL
8 PIKE SIT STEIN THYME SEAR EAST DEW WAKE FIELD MOLE KONG LEI
9 TURN SERVE KANT KERR ISIS LEO ANNE TOME TEAT BALM BURR SHOOT
10 LASER EYE CRYPT TON AB WOMB FORT ASK KNIGHTLEY MERMAN JEN BULLY
11 TONGUE VERPA NUM MA BAT NASH ON ALF FOUND DAE SHIN STRUM
12 MILL WALK KEY BUCKS WAR LIVER AWL NUN SARI EROS NAS RHINE

A place to kill (3)ABATTOIRE10-E12AB, BAT, WAR
Sprayed substance (3)AEROSOLJ7-H5AIR, ASS, SAUL
Sausage (3)ANDOUILLEG9-G7ANNE, DEW, E
Fictional Lion (2)ASLANI6-I7ASS, LAN
Female superhero (3)BATWOMANE11-G9BAT, WOMB, ANNE
Big fan of a particular male singer (2)BELIEBERL10-K9BULLY, BURR
Video Game (2)BOMBERMANJ9-J10BALM, MERMAN
Umbrella (3)BUMBERSHOOTJ9-L9BALM, BURR, SHOOT
A place in Italy (3)CALABRIAK3-I1COLA, BRIE, YAW
A stringed instrument from the Renaissance era (2)CITTERNB9-A10SIT, TURN
Last name of an American President (2)COOLIDGEL7-K7COOL, EDGE
A writing system (3)CYRILLICE8-E6SEAR, ILL, LICK
The final element of a play (3)DENOUMENTJ4-J6DEN, NU, MON
Buckminster Fuller idea (3)DYMAXIONA1-C1DIE, MAXI, YAWN
An architect (4)EERO SAARINENJ12-H12EROS, SARI, NUN
Japanese Golden Boy (2)KINTAROC5-C4KIN, TARO
Element of the Periodic Table (2)KRYPTONC10-D10CRYPT, TON
Work or toil (2)LABORL8-K9LEI, BURR
A country (3)LIECHTENSTEINE6-C8LICK, TIN, STEIN
Type of government (4)MERITOCRACYD1-G4MARRY, TALK, RA, SEA
American graphic designer (3)MILTON GLASERA12-A10MILL, TONGUE, LASER
An NBA team (4)MILWAUKEE BUCKSA12-D12MILL, WALK, KEY, BUCKS
A religious building (3)MONASTERYJ6-H6MON, ASS, TERI
A type of jacket (2)NEHRUH3-I2NEIGH, RUE
Questionable medicine? (2)NOSTRUMK12-L11NAS, STRUM
What this grid also is (3)NURIKABEJ5-L3NU, RICK, ABE
A rich character from a musical (4)OLIVER WARBUCKSG12-D12AWL, LIVER, WAR, BUCKS
Male singer who was most popular in the 2000's (3)OMARIONE1-C1OHM, MARRY, YAWN
Southeast Asian noodle dish (4)PANCIT CANTONA7-D10PAN, SIT, KANT, TON
IZ*ONE Song (3)PANORAMAA7-A5PAN, ORE, RAMA
An individual's observable characteristics (3)PHENOTYPEE5-C3FEE, NOTE, TYPE
A fizzy drink (3)RAMUNEF3-H3RA, MOON, NEIGH
An animal (3)RHINOCEROSL12-J12RHINE, NAS, EROS
A brand of cough drop (2)RICOLAK4-K3RICK, COLA
To add elaborate letters or decorations to a document (3)RUBRICATEI2-K2RUE, BRIE, KATE
Dog breed (2)SHARPEIA2-B3SHARP, PAY
RuPaul's Drag Race Queen (3)SHEA COULEEL6-L8SHAKE, COOL, LEI
A historical king (2)SOLOMONH5-G5SAUL, LEMON
Last name of a writer (2)STEINBECKC8-C7STEIN, BECK
A famous skyscraper (3)TAIPEI 101C3-A3TYPE, PAY, WANNA ONE
American Comedian (3)TIG NOTAROE4-C4TIG, NOTE, TARO
An opera by Vivaldi about a Roman official (4)TITO MANLIOI9-F9TEAT, TOME, ANNE, LEO
A kind of road (2)TURNPIKEA9-A8TURN, PIKE
A website (2)YAHOOI1-H1YAW, WHO

SQUARES FOR EACH ISLAND# SQUARESCLUE FORMEDISLANDFIRST LETTER
HER, BEE, HANG, CAULK4Herbie HancockCANTELOUPE ISLANDC
MASS, STIR, EMIR, OLD4Master EmeraldANGEL ISLANDA
JAWS, TEEN, END, KALE, EBB5Justine and CalebLOVE ISLANDL
ROB, BERT, ROSE, BUD, BUTT5Robert "Rosebud" ButtLONG ISLANDL
MAI, HEAR, ROE, WHACK, CADDIE, MIA, TWO, HEROES8My Hero Academia: Two HeroesI-ISLANDI
Z, ROAD, AGREE, SNORE, THIN, EAST6Zero Degrees North and EastNULL ISLANDN
WREN, KNEE, HARL, LYNN4Renny HarlinCUTTHROAT ISLANDC
JOHN, WAKE, FIELD3John WakefieldHARPER'S ISLANDH
THYME, KERR, ISIS3Time CrisisASTIGOS ISLANDA
KONG1KongSKULL ISLANDS
SERVE, EYE, VERPA, NUM, MA5Survivor: PanamaEXILE ISLANDE
FORT, KNIGHTLEY, JEN, NASH, ON, ALF, FOUND, DAE, SHIN9Fortnite Legion National FoundationREMEMBRANCE ISLANDR

## Author's Note

• The title of the puzzle is "Dingbats", symbols that replace letters in (typically vulgar) words. The word dingbats is said to be related to the phrase "have bats in the belfry".
• Part of the reason why this is in the Horror round is based on the fact that the Nurikabe is inspired by the Japanese monster of the same name.
• The original intent was to have a puzzle that was entirely represented by images, down to the clues. That was thankfully changed after testing.