This puzzle is part of a special round structure. See the Hall of Innovation solution for details.

There is a set of words with some letters substituted by symbols. With the order of symbols at the bottom, itâ€™s clear we should be solving for the letter corresponding to those symbols in order to extract a set of letters.

A possible solve path is to start with some of the more constrained words, such as CLO?K. We know that the only possible letters for this symbol could be A/C/N (CLOAK, CLOCK, CLONK). This narrows down the set of letters, and we can look for other words using those symbols and further constrain those symbols.

This puzzle is affected by the following gizmos:

Gizmos | Effect |
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Wires | When a wire is connected from left to right, it rotates the symbols in the matching position in the left and right columns to horizontal |

Valves | Each valve determines whether symbols in the middle column are horizontal or vertical |

Clock Hands | Symbols on hands in clockwise order (starting from the top) determine the extraction order |

Colored USBs | Fills or unfills the symbols within a colored region |

Note that it's possible for Cipher to have no solutions.