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The answer to this puzzle is one that makes sense. Good Luck!


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For the colorblind:

Left grid (in order, row by row)-

(GV)(G)(Y)(B)(O)

(R)(RY)(I)

(O)

(B)

(V)(I)

Right grid (in order, row by row)-

(B)(O)

(YV)(G)(R)

(I)(G)

(I)

(O)(R)

(Y)

(V)

(B)

Colored dashes, in order (top to bottom):

B

R

G

Y

O

V

I

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  • $\begingroup$ Is blue missing a blank? And I am assuming blue is at the bottom. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Dec 15, 2021 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Amoz I was just going to ask the same - although it could equally be Yellow that's missing a blank... (unless you've worked out something further than I have to narrow it down further already...!) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 15, 2021 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Amoz Blue is not missing a blank. I've added info on the colors. $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2021 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Likewise, yellow isn't missing a blank $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2021 at 7:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Prim3numbah Okay I think I finally found which path works. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Dec 16, 2021 at 14:48

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The answer to the puzzle is the word:

DOLLARS

Reasoning:

Top section:
Here there a bunch of vowels formed by

Removing consonants from the months of the year and from the numerical digits 0-9:
vowels

Middle Section:

Here we use the arrows to align the months left to right (Jan - Dec) and the digits top to bottom (0 - 9) to get two sets of dates. For example, here the green dots represent January 1 1 or January 11:
dots

January 11 is conveniently the birthday of Alexander Hamilton, and the green dots on calendar #2 show July 12, the day of death for Alexander Hamilton. ALEXANDER fits into the green blanks below the grid.
So each calendar represents the birth and death of, it turns out, a person who appears on one of the U.S. dollar bills, each showing the SAME figure but a DIFFERENT point in their life (birth - death). Although as @MOehm has discovered, a much better observation is that the DOLLAR BILLS themselves are each the same (physical) size but different (denomination)!
Continuing, the blanks are easily filled in with either a first or last name:
figures

Turning to the boxed letters, these spell from top to bottom:

DOLLARS, and the rainbow order gives the order of each figure on a dollar bill:

RED: George Washington 1$

ORANGE: Thomas Jefferson, 2$

YELLOW: Abraham Lincoln, 5$

GREEN: Alexander Hamilton, 10$

BLUE: Andrew Jackson, 20$

INDIGO: Ulysses Grant, 50$

VIOLET: Benjamin Franklin, 100$

Also I don't know if this was intentional, but I had also noticed that "The answer to this puzzle is one that makes sense". Well,

Dollars do make cents ; )

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done :) You're so close on your reasoning at the end, except... rot13(Gurfr nera'g nyy Cerfvqragf - Unzvygba naq Senaxyva arire qvq yrnq gur pbhagel - ohg gurl ner nyy svtherf ba HF ONAXABGRF, urapr lbhe nafjre!) In fact, rainbow order gives you the exact sequence... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ yes I just realized that $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, well done. And the title makes the answer stand out from similar designs. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Aha good point I'll edit that in and credit you! I forgot about double checking the title after I realized the issue w/ the presidents. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, the title if often a blind spot. (No need to credit me, really. You did all the heavy solving.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:35

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