And the correct answer to the “A Not-so Stellar Sight” puzzle was…
PATIKA! A charming cafe situated in South Austin, Patika started as a little kart. Now, Patika boasts a comfy interior, decorated with rustic pieces. The minimalist decor offers a relaxing place to work (perhaps on puzzles!) while munching on a sandwich or sipping some coffee.
For this puzzle, we might start with the clues. From those we might get:
Amid → AMONG
*Catch, as with game → TRAP
Category, like of a song → GENRE
Character, relating to an actor → PART
Clothing of a Roman → TOGA
Compound after organic acid and alcohol react → ESTER
Cream that heals → BALM
Gets by merit → EARNS
Hard to digest material in diet → FIBER
*Laconic → TERSE
Rage → ANGER
Smoothed, as nails → FILED
*Something that might bleat → GOAT
Span → RANGE
*Swathe of grass-covered land → FIELD
Tropical stone fruit → MANGO
From these, we might notice that a significant number of these answers anagram to each other (AMONG/MANGO, TERSE/ESTER). However, not all of them do and we still haven’t found what’s special about the starred clues. A little leap lets us realize that starred clues each have two answers.
Catch, as with game → TRAP/SNARE
Laconic → TERSE/BRIEF
Something that might bleat → GOAT/LAMB
Swathe of grass-covered land → FIELD/GREEN
Now who’s William Moon? A quick search reveals he made Moon Type, an alphabet for those with not-so-stellar sight (the blind).
From this, it seems evident that we connect the stars based on the clues which anagram to each other. However, which clues represent which stars? At a glance, none of the images on the stars match the answers. We might list them out though, and get:
CRATE, MAGE, GEAR, PANS, CONICAL, TIDE, NOTES, INTEGRAL, TIMER, MANOR, WHEATS, TABLE, MAID, SNOG, LEASH, SNAIL
Somehow, some of these words seem familiar… We notice, likely starting from the one word clues, that a word from each clue anagrams to an image on a star. In fact, each clue has precisely one word with any anagrams at all. We can then group our clues like so:
Compound after organic acid and alcohol react (CRATE)
Hard to digest material in diet (TIDE)
Swathe of grass-covered land (WHEATS)
Category, like of a song (SNOG)
Smoothed, as with nails (SNAIL)
Something that might bleat (TABLE)
Clothing of a Roman (MANOR)
Cream that heals (LEASH)
Catch, as with game (MAGE)
Gets by merit (TIMER)
Character, relating to an actor (INTEGRAL)
Tropical stone fruit (NOTES)
Connecting the stars we get:
And decoding from Moon type, we get our answer, PATIKA.
This week’s first-place Fastest Solver was Codiak, followed by teams Please Clap in second and Circles All the Way Down in third! Nice work, everyone!
Congrats everyone! And with that, the next puzzle, “Feel Like Going to the Movies?” has been posted! Good luck and happy solving!
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