Some holiday fun: Puzzle #3


(Note: Read the puzzles in order from 1 to 6 for them to make sense.)

This was by far the hardest puzzle to make. It's also going to be the hardest to solve because a lot of the clues were originally inside jokes, and rewriting them for a general audience makes the answers much less obvious.

Hint: Quotation is by Nancy Pearl.

1 H
2 S
3 B
4 P
5 I
6 F
7 K
8 V
9 A
10 I
11 V
12 O
13 J
14 E
15 K
16 C
17 I
18 A
19 R
20 T
21 W
22 F
23 C
24 V
25 L
26 I
27 Q
28 K
29 G
30 X
31 A
32 C
33 F
34 Q
35 Y
36 T
37 M
38 K
39 M
40 E
41 P
42 D
43 K
44 V
45 H
46 Q
47 C
48 G
49 R
50 V
51 B
52 E
.
53 F
54 M
55 G
56 B
57 V
58 C
59 T
60 V
61 O
62 W
63 X
64 D
65 C
66 V
67 X
68 H
,
69 E
70 O
71 R
72 V
73 C
74 X
75 V
76 I
77 L
78 U
79 A
80 I
81 C
82 E
83 O
84 V
85 L
86 C
87 Y
88 S
89 K
90 U
91 C
92 Y
93 W
94 I
95 E
96 T
97 T
98 E
99 V
100 I
101 Q
102 F
103 N
104 J
105 V
106 B
.
107 N
108 P
109 S
110 G
111 B
112 H
113 N
114 O
115 V
116 F
117 C
118 T
119 D
120 U
121 C
122 K
123 V
124 L
125 F
126 D
127 D
128 W
129 Y
130 X
131 U
132 I
133 F
134 W
135 V
136 Y
137 S
138 N
139 K
140 D
141 C
142 G
143 S
144 B
145 U
146 A
147 Q
148 D
149 M
150 C
151 B
152 V
153 S
154 C
155 O
156 W
157 Q
158 F
159 V
160 P
.
161 P
162 C
163 I
164 O
165 C
166 K
167 A
168 C
169 Q
170 V
171 P
172 H
173 T
174 J
175 V
176 S
177 V
178 Y
179 Q
180 U
181 J
182 T
183 K
184 G
185 S
186 I
187 C
188 R
189 D
190 L
191 A
192 E
193 F
194 J
195 X
196 Y
197 C
198 A
199 Q
200 E
.


A. To lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, gain weight, etc.
    -            
18 191   9 31   146 198 79 167
B. If you don’t return your book to the library on time, it is...
             
56 3 144 151 106 51 111
C. Where you’re headed in August (with "The")
                   
32 121 165 47 154 58 117 162 86 73
                   
168 16   91 141 197 187 81 150 65 23
D. Battled again.
               
126 148 64 127 140 189 119 42
E. It may be filled with melted cheese or melted chocolate. But not both at the same time.
                 
14 95 98 82 192 200   52 40 69
F. Unable to choose between two options.
                   
53 102 193 22 33 116 133 158 6 125
G. It leaves Seattle at midnight and lands in Chicago at 6am.
      -      
110 184 142   29 55 48
H. Like corn flakes left in milk too long.
         
112 172 1 45 68
I. Restaurant in Woodinville that requires a contract if you have nine people.
             
17 100 5   186 132 94 10
       
26 80 76 163
J. Bird that will visit Britney in a few months.
         
181 174 194 104 13
K. A guided tour down the Amazon, or a whale-watching trip, for example.
      -              
7 89 139   38 43 122 28 15 166 183
L. A community of monks or nuns, or the church they belong to.
         
77 124 85 25 190
M. A petty quarrel.
       
39 37 54 149
N. Dull impact sound.
       
107 138 113 103
O. Oversized living for your living room, available at Redmond Town Center.
             
114 12 61 164 83 70 155
P. The last grade before high school.
           
4 41 160 171 161 108
Q. You can borrow it from the library and are encouraged to use it in the car while driving.
          -        
179 101 157 46 27   147 34 169 199
R. Color traditionally associated with girls.
       
19 49 188 71
S. Restaurant in Wallingford with a spacey name (with "The").
               
88 137 185 109 143 176 2 153
T. You don't usually get to choose your first college one.
               
173 97 182 36 96 20 118 59
U. The runner was ______ out between second and third.
           
90 145 131 78 120 180
V. It starts at the corner of Bellevue and Bellevue and goes downtown every half hour.
               
123 152 115 44 60   24 84 170
         
8 11 75 175 72
               
66 135 57 177 50 99 105 159
W. A representation of a person, usually hanged or burned to demonstrate hatred.
           
62 93 128 156 21 134
X. Joe Beda suggested I should become one.
           
195 74 67 130 63 30
Y. Gerard Schwartz’s instrument.
             
196 87 136 35 129 178 92

Answers to all puzzles will be posted tomorrow. Please do not post spoilers.

Onward to Puzzle #4.

Comments (3)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Ack! That grid doesn’t render too well in FireFox.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Renders fine for me in Firefox, saving that it’s wider than the blog’s content column unless I maximise my window (on my widescreen Mac ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    A destination restaurant.

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