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An error was corrected at Sunday 12:04 AM TIMEMIT. The crossword grid in 8. Off the Grid mistakenly had two squares labeled 35. One of the squares has been corrected to 36.
You’re so excited for your trip! Riding the train makes you feel like a perennial child. A note attached to a tulip bowl says "these puzzles will help you become a better person."
But the puzzles seem to go on and on forever. And shouldn’t someone be checking your ticket?
A logged-in team would see an image appear in this table for each mini-puzzle it solved. In public access mode, you can check the box in each row to see its image.
|The Cracked Crystal|
|Off the Grid|
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- Row 1: SSI, LES, NNO, NOR, IK, YR, RFL
- Row 2: CMI, CA, UN, EAM, OTS, TTE
- Row 3: STI, LD, TOS, EA, HO, TAI, BU
- Row 4: IDI, IE, IDE, ONR, REO, DR
- Row 5: SES, ANT, TTF, GR, NPZ, AGO, IRE
- Row 6: RCI, EXE, FOO, EA, THS, OFF
'6 4 1
'5 5 2 4
'3-3 7 4
BRAZIL BRAZIL BARBADOS NEW YORK FLORIDA HAWAII CALIFORNIA AUSTRALIA
3. Mouse Taken
Some websites are literally iconic.
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Screenshot of a browser window with one of nine tabs open, containing the following text:
- Find a new newspaper of record whose scandal investigation inspired a Best Picture nominee.
- Find a new online email client.
- Find a new professional social network.
- Find a new site for looking up information about anything.
- Find a new site for selling my homemade crafts.
- Find a new site for vacation rentals.
- Find a new streaming service that will also send me DVDs in the mail.
- Find a new streaming service with lots of comic book movies and classic cartoons.
And after I’m done with all that: Find a new browser, preferably from a massive tech company (either old or new should work).
5. Castle Crisis
Oh no! The Queen is throwing a party, but her corgis have run wild around the grounds!
Can you clean up all the corgi tracks before the caterers arrive?
6. The Cracked Crystal
After discovering the cursed Myst Diamond, Garnet Livingstone has mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind the badly damaged jewel. Fill in what’s missing and repair the crack. Livingstone left coded instructions as to the location of the crack.
- After the unfortunate scandal surrounding the recovery of the Shroud of Thorin (who knew he was fictional?), I needed to rehabilitate my reputation. So, I made one of these with the past.
- With my carefully assembled team, I flew to a secret and remote location with a map showing the location of the Myst Diamond. After circling the coordinates for ten minutes, one of the team spotted this, but there was no one in it to direct us to the runway.
- We prepared to disembark from the plane. As leader of the mission, I would be first on the ground. I reached out and shut down this part of the plane—the location of the instruments used by the pilot.
- We made camp near the cave purported to house the diamond. I was the first to wake in the morning, and my heart pounded in my ears like one of these.
- After weeks spent preparing in my basement, playing through every Lara Croft title on this console device, I thought I could handle anything.
- After entering the cave, I looked back toward the final vestige of civilization I could see: This tall structure, holding within it the liquid that makes life possible.
- First, I took out the special device I’d constructed to locate the diamond. The device had to be kept at -70 degrees Celsius, so it was placed in a container of this substance—composed of the same element as the diamond itself.
- Artifacts in the cave suggest a hominid presence during this time span, which ranged from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic period. I believe that immediately after this latter period, hominids discovered the diamond, worshiped it, and hid it within the cave.
- The device whirred, clicking out a series of directions. I reached into my pocket for a notebook and a pencil. Damn! What I pulled out was one of these—left behind by a meter maid in NYC. I’d have to pay it after this trip.
- The remainder of the story can be found in the book I wrote after my return: “Grills and the Myst: Adventures in BBQ Following the Great Discovery.” (Idiot publishers! The most handsome photo of me holding the diamond spans one of these, so that my torso is cut off from my head!)
7. The Pitch
Some producers know the engines that drive successful movies. They’re the ones whose office is (1 5 4).
8. Off the Grid
This puzzle’s circuitry is a little exposed in places.
- Gun manufacturer takes endless ride in traffic jam
- Verse in tribute to endless yodel
- Simple greeting after an extended period becomes a whole Shakespearean drama
- Cartoon dog to diet after shedding
- An enigma after the opening of German place to make pancakes
- Wilder way to begin tailgate: one noisemaker, then a whole lot
- Infant daughter ably brings a mess after tops of new shoes removed (2 wds.)
- Former Senator Franken: O.J. Simpson trial judge may be Supreme Court justice
- Barnyard discussion feeling unfinished
- On reflection, Bono telepathically revealing hint (2 wds.)
- Emergency Room gains $1000 with a little work
- Ten lamas wandering around Smith or Brown, e.g. (2 wds.)
- I will leave fancy house to the lead singer of Garbage
- Oprah’s magazine friend is a real gem
- Actress Bergman is like all of this puzzle’s answers?
- After losing front end, a car split apart, but got here
- Aquatic mammal in lecture series seemed unstable
- He introduces gym twice with a hit OutKast song (2 wds.)
- Includes someone on an email... or, doubles up a letter of particular importance
- Soccer, “The Dance of a Dozen Inches?”
- Huge classic Ford initially loses tread density
- State of Hawaii surrounded by rings
- Oral presentation of ocean results in average grade (a letter of particular importance)
- Hostile creature concealed by black lingonberries
- Tom lied about, like, radio shows from the 40’s (hyph.)
- O Lord! Tortuous agony!
- It’s not odd to skip the beginning of a Brad Pitt movie
- Witch gets rid of Hogwarts groundskeeper
- Part of alibi transcribed—it’s right from the horse’s mouth
- Splash Mountain’s godlier twists (2 wds.)
- Little kid landed at center of crypt—this is everything.
- Sabrina star is in for Monday
- “Reap chaos”—Old West lawman
- Advanced electrical system trims drag all over the place (2 wds.)
- Elf actor nears New Order
- Unwilling to inject oxygen into strip of wood
- Chop up a vine to make a kind of lotion
- Straight-A student’s candy pebbles
- Caviar restaurant offer excludes starters
10. Unfinished Symphonies
Even great artists write terrible songs. Musicians like Bob Dylan, Lizzo, Sade, Jan and Dean, Band of Horses, Alanis Morrissette, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Greta Van Fleet all have discarded demos they abandoned.
- No traffic
- Creator of a symbolic elephant
- Takes action
- Element whose name shares no letters with its atomic symbol
- Safest part of a castle
- Eight start
- Letters found near a thorough explanation
- Spanish Mmes.
- Don't show?
- Michael, on Family Ties
- Kenny G.’s version of Tosca, maybe
- Anne’s teenage home
- Music Mann
- Triclops feature
- “Wow, that Simpson baby is way over there!”
- Cabinet dept.
- Follower of hero or hedon
- Word on many tip jars
- 45A, for example
- 26 fortnights
- Shout from someone loving a hayride
- Wooden shoe
- Nice hot time
- Master of his Civilization
- It makes a row
- Real cards
- Serious grain
- Had met before
- The Maze Runner monster
- Grp. that’s not pound foolish?
- It works best with a driver
- Seasoning of Paris
- Roadie load
- Statement upon meeting a certain Greyjoy
- Adorkable instruments
- Volunteered at a softball game, maybe
- Name of a famous Gambit
- Zombie’s junkyard dog
- WaPo section
- Handshakes but cooler
- She let it go
- NFL Hall of Famer Junior
- Dal pal?
- Yours in Haiti
- Welsh symbol
- Talking cockroach in Gregor the Overlander
- Actress Suvari
- Times Square booth
- Common reason for the refusal of service
- NATO, e.g.
- Pantry regular
- “Nothing here, folks!”
- Spiner android
- Mine find
- Unagi, on sushi
- Deli 7-D
- Phrase preceding an opinion
- Small bills
- “Thank U, ”
- Foiled food of the Fifties
- Spanish footballer Sergio
- Washing machine part
- Prize given to stupid scientific studies
- The White Lotus performance
- “Understood, fellow beatnik!”
- Graph edge
- At no cost
- Word seen only in Latin class or crosswords
- “Over,” in email
- Meeting places
- Hitchcock film that’s one continuous shot
- Gilbert, in Ghostbusters
- Phrase now usually replaced by "they”
- Voice of “Pure Michigan” ads
- “The phone book of the internet”: Abbr.
- Part of A.D.
- Lens solution brand
- Hanta of My Hero Academia
- Animal Crossing elephant
- Source of birdseed and anvils
- Nighttime bugle song
- Stretched, maybe
- Gig spot
- Most bad-ass Princess of the 80s
- Big land mass
- School skipper
- Famous lemons
- Fox show
- Foil substitute
- Hope Van ____, aka The Wasp
- Musical letters recipient
- Type of manual
- Leaf gatherer
- Romano, e.g.
- Page in an atlas