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Solution to Love, Actually


by Foggy Brume

In each statement, one word can be changed to make the statement true. In each case, the correct word contains the bigram UM. The correct word is exactly one letter longer than the incorrect word. Take the letter that corresponds with UM in the correct word. (Numbers were not given in the puzzle; they are for reference with the second part of the puzzle.)

#QuestionIncorrect WordCorrect WordLetter
1Tom Lehrer's play More of Tom Lehrer features "The Elements," his pastiche of "Major-General's Song" from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Lyrics include "There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium and hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium."PLAYALBUMY
2The 2016 movie Assassin's Creed continued the streak of videogame adaptions that bomb at the box office (like 1993's Super Mario Bros. and 2003's House of the Dead). Michael Fassbender appears as both Miles Lynch and his genetic ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, original characters created for the movie, and Jeremy Irons played Alan Rikkin, the villainous CEO of Abstergo Industries seeking to control humanity. It failed to beat both Rogue One and Sing in its opening weekend.MILESCALLUMS
3In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander's the "Zeppo" of the Scooby Gang, at least according to Cordelia Chase. Over the course of seven seasons, he falls in love with an ancient Incan mummy, is cursed with smallpox by the Ojibwa spirit Hus, and has his left eye gouged out by the mad evil preacher Caleb (played by Nathan Fillion, fresh off the recently cancelled series Firefly).OJIBWACHUMASHI
4One of the best-selling jazz records of all time, Kind of Blue was Miles Davis's masterpiece. Recorded at Capitol's music studio in New York, the record was named for how Davis felt at the time. In addition to Davis playing trumpet, Kind of Blue also featured John Coltrane playing saxophone and Paul Chambers on bass.CAPITOLCOLUMBIAI
5The Big Bang Theory featured numerous celebrities playing themselves over its 12-season run. Buzz Aldrin appears in season 6's "The Holographic Excitation"; James Earl Jones and Sheldon prank Carrie Fisher in season 7's "The Convention Potential"; and in a season 12 episode, Penny, Amy, and Bernadette join William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kevin Smith in a D&D game hosted by Wil Wheaton.POTENTIALCONDUNDRUML
6Although in the show, it was a fictional cocktail with a ridiculous recipe used to help keep Woody on the staff, Cheers Beacon Hill sold a Screaming Viking drink that used two types of rum, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. It's not known if bartenders still had to offer to bruise the quinine as Woody offers in the show.QUININECUCUMBERN
7Some moviegoers were shocked when in the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it turned out Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone was secretly related to another character, as his real name was in fact Aurelius Scamander.SCAMANDERDUMBLEDOREC
8While many are familiar with Gulliver's travels to Lilliput, where he is surrounded by tiny people, the tables were turned in Part II when he is abandoned on the North American continent and meets the Brobdingnagians, a race of giants. He is nursed back to health by a farmer's daughter he meets, whom he names "Blizzerdione."BLIZZERDIONEGLUMDALCLITCHI
9In Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson is joined by robots constructed from common household items, like a bowling pin and lacrosse mask for Crow T. Robot, a child seat and Everready flashlight for Gypsy, and a sewing machine for Tom Servo.SEWINGGUMBALLE
10Series finales are tough. Just ask the producers of Dexter, who were widely criticized for the series finale "Remember the Monsters?" in which Dexter takes his sister off of life support, dumps her body at sea, fakes his own death in a hurricane, and becomes a carpenter living in Oregon.CARPENTERLUMBERJACKA
11On Sesame Street, Jerry Nelson's dulcet tones were often heard announcing Sesame Street News Flash broadcasts and the adventures of Super Grover, as well as voicing characters Sam the Robot, Fred the Wonder Horse, the Amazing Stuart, and most notably, Count von Count.STUARTMUMFORDT
12The murder of Duncan contributes to Lady Macbeth's breakdown in Act V of Macbeth in which she exclaims "Out, damned spot!" But it's not just visible hallucinations, it's other senses as well, judging from her line "All the bazaars of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand."BAZAARSPERFUMESA
13Known for amazing stunt work in Sherlock Jr and Steamboat Bill, Jr., Buster Keaton was forced to use a stunt double after signing with MGM in 1928. MGM mainly focused on pairing Keaton with Jimmy Durante in films like What! No Beer? and The Passionate Pauper.PAUPERPLUMBERU
14Ed Wood received a surrogate Golden Turkey Award in honor of his numerous bad films, including the semi-autobiographical Glen or Glenda, the epitome of turkeys Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Bride of the Atom, which featured a killer octopus.SURROGATEPOSTHUMOUSG
15In the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane's fate is never clearly stated, as all that remains of his fight with the Headless Horseman is the discarded saddle of his horse Gunpowder, Crane's hat, and a shattered turnip. His rival Brom Bones marries Katrina and legends begin to swirl around Ichabod's departure.TURNIPPUMPKINU
16In the videogame Alan Wake, you play as Wake, a best-selling author who travels to Bright Falls, Washington in an effort to overcome writer's block. You use a flashlight to battle the Taken and collect pages from the manuscript for Departure, a novel you do not remember writing. A sequel to Alan Wake was planned, but was scrapped and later incorporated into Remedy's Museum Break.MUSEUMQUANTUMM
17Known mostly for his magazine articles, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote two unpublished novels: Prince Jellyfish and The AM Diary. Both were loosely based on Thompson's own life to that point. The first remains lost and unpublished, but the latter was found and published in 1998.AMRUMM
181993's Groundhog Day, featuring Bill Murray as meteorologist Phil Connors, popularized the concept of a time loop film. Nickelodeon's version is 2005's The Last Day of March. A slasher version is 2017's Happy Death Day starring Jessica Rothe, and a videogame-like version is 2021's Boss Level featuring Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson.MARCHSUMMERA
19Poor Ganryu of the Tekken series. This mud wrestler and one-time henchman falls in love with fellow fighter Michelle Chang in the second King of Iron Fist Tournament, and then with her adopted daughter Julia Chang in a later tournament. Ganryu fails to capture the heart of either fighter.MUDSUMOU
20Long before A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin was known for the Wild Cards series, set in an alternate universe where humans contract a virus that gives a select few survivors deformities or superpowers. Volumes in the series have card-related titles, including Dead Man's Hand, One-Eyed Jacks, and Black Jack.JACKTRUMPC
21Some fourteen years after the first game in the series, Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the adventures of Arthur Morgan and allowed players to visit Rockstar's version of America, from Saint Denis, the in-game New Orleans, to Blueberry, the farthest west town; from Blackwater (modeled after a real town in Missouri) to Guarma, an island similar to Cuba.BLUEBERRYTUMBLEWEEDL
22Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City allows players to be members of the United States Spec Ops Field Unit, including demolition expert Tweed and sniper Party Girl; or to be members of the Spartan Security Service team, including medic Bertha and scientist Four-Eyes.SPARTANUMBRELLAS
23Aside from Bart (whose first name is an anagram of "brat"), Matt Groening named several characters after members of his own family, including Homer for his father, Marge for his mother, Lisa and Maggie for his sisters, and Burns for his mother-in-law's maiden name.BURNSWIGGUMS
24Envious of how Daisy Mae and Li'l Abner Hill can kick back with Kickapoo Joy Juice, a potent moonshine that could remove hair, paint, or a tattoo? Well, as of 1965, you too can enjoy a non-alcoholic, citrusy version of Al Capp's imaginary hooch.HILLYOKUML

Each shiny question contains four parts. Every part of a shiny question corresponds with a regular question.

Shiny Question #1 Buster [#13] Spot [#12] Hooch [#24] Scooby [#3]
Shiny Question #2 Alan Wake [#16] Red Dead Redemption 2 [#21] Tekken [#19] Resident Evil [#22]
Shiny Question #3 Groundhog Day [#18] Carrie [#5] Gypsy [#9] Assassins [#2]
Shiny Question #4 (Minnesota) Wild [#20] (Pittsburgh) Pirates [#1] (San Francisco) Giants [#8] (Utah) Jazz [#4]
Shiny Question #5 Sesame Street [#11] Dexter [#10] The Simpsons [#23] Cheers [#6]
Shiny Question #6 Ichabod Crane [#15] Grindelwald [#7] Raoul Duke [#17] Ed Wood [#14]

The letters extract from the correct words spell, taking each first part, then each second part, etc, spell "Um, Actually, a clue is missing." When this answer is called in, an additional clue is sent to teams:

In 1980's Friday the 13th, Kane Hodder portrays the serial killer hell-bent on slaughtering counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, including a young Kevin Bacon, whose throat is pierced with an arrow as he's lying in bed. (5 6)

In the original Friday the 13th, the killer was actually Jason Voorhees' mom, played by BETSY PALMER.