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Letters from Gladys are geography-themed standalone crosswords. Each puzzle has five thematic answers, which are places, sights or landmarks in or around a certain location (in this case, a state). Each thematic answer is notable enough to have its own article in the English Wikipedia, although not necessarily under the same name that is used here. The goal is to fill the grid, identify the thematic answers and guess the name of Gladys’s destination, which is not indicated in the grid.

Dear Puzzling,

Greetings from (redacted)! I have been keeping busy as always, as I’m sure you already guessed. This time I have spotted whales from a boat, toured some spectacular valleys and caves, and visited a city built on a steep mountain slope. I have seen a site of tragic events and a spot where explorers landed centuries ago. Can you guess where I am?

Wish you were here!
Love, Gladys.

1. Highland fellow – a father and a husband, one part of a husband-and-wife duo – touring India (7,10)
10. He had a silver-screen standoff with Eli and Lee and Bill, running off in the end (5)
11. Being at rest, finally, in Gray Havens (5)
12. Answer finally found after cryptic clue disorder (5)
13. A bulge has formed here from leg squats; core getting skinnier (7)
14. Temperamental guru undressed, interrupting miracle unexpectedly (9)
15. One is seen behind Mike in framed mirror? (4)
16. State of New Jersey attorney's heading to visit the Red Lion? (6)
18/29d. Atlantic City card game tour goes horribly, with loss of 1024 euros (5,6)
20. Rebuild old arcade – reveal it connects two parts of a city (8,7)
25. 1,000 ZAR? (5)
27. Take up excess on vacation, getting drunk by strong alcohol content in tea (6)
28. Sound effects drowned Azerbaijan's capital city (4)
30. Beat sportsman gets quiet after Olympic volleyball event starts (9)
33. Client's ordered lettering template (7)
34. Principally, they embrace an extreme of lawlessness? (5)
35. Fantastic, by two measurements (5)
36. Best group endangered members (5)
37. Ruthless Spaniard, having caught one unfortunate spy with gems, essentially makes a crime scene (4,3,4,6)

1. Young male from Colorado, one part of a husband-and-wife duo, scratched head wearing chromium jacket in Exhall (8)
2. Arizona alum hit poorly in relation to measurement along the horizontal plane (9)
3. A Native American crossing street, showing good judgement (6)
4. Blanket and unopened tall jar found (3,6)
5. Metal band is breaking up, Gladys is saying (5)
6. Misbehaving Birmingham minor skipped prayer (7)
7. In broadcast currently: Animal from Australia's island in the Pacific (5)
8. Increasingly irritating horror film actress and singer, one part of a husband-and-wife duo, covering #1 (7)
9. A Brazilian archipelago – tropical, with no hotels, ultimately (8)
17. Yanks – really obnoxious people (5)
18. Maybe an antelope in the savannah is quite lost, time and time again (4)
19. Distinguished poet appearing in promo video (4)
21. A food infused with water vapour – a famous one was made in Compiègne (9)
22. Lousy doctor infected restrained patient's heart (9)
23. Crash casting getting Oscar? That's doubtful (8)
24. Trade fair, involving large delegation escorting state leaders, sets off (8)
26. Ways to inflict payback on someone, primarily exchanging one unsettling extreme for another (7)
27. Members of the USSR's ruling party embraced conflict to get benefits (7)
29. (See 18 across)
31. River's banks in England modelled (5)
32. Travel on horseback around the edge of dividing range (5)


1 Answer 1


Gladys is touring the state of

Bahia, Brazil

Here's the grid:

original grid filled in with the clue answers listed below. 1, 18, 20 and 37 across, as well as 9 and 29 down are highlighted.

Clue explanations:

1. CHAP + A + DAD + A + MAN + TINA around I for this highland
11. finalLY IN Gray
12. CLUE* + answeR
13. lEg sQUATs cORe
14. MIRACLE* around gURu
15. E (echo) is the letter after M (mike) in FRAMED
16. NJ + A inside PUB
18/29d. POKER + (TOUR GOES)* - (K + E) for a city on the Atlantic
20. (OLD ARCADE REVEAL)* for the elevator connecting the two halves of Salvador
25. G + RAND &lit.
27. ExcesS inside RUM + tEa
28. SFX around A
30. Olympic Volleyball Event + ROWER around P
34. They + HUG + lawlessnesS &lit.
35. RAD + II
36. groUP ENDangered
37. CORTES around (A + SAD + ASSET + gEMs) for this historic murder site

1. CO + (iKE inside CR) + ExhalL
2. AZ + (ALUM HIT)*
3. A + UTE around ST
5. DIO inside I'M
7. Homophone of NOW ROO
8. IT + CHER around I
9. A + BR + archipelagO tropicaL witH nO hotelS &lit. for this archipelago
17. Double definition
18. PRETTY - (T + T)
19. promO VIDeo
21. A + RICE around MIST
22. INFECTED* around patIent
23. (CASTING + O)*
24. EXPO around L + Delegation Escorting State
26. AVENGE + Someone, changing G to U
27. REDS around WAR
31. PO'S + EnglanD
32. RIDE around dividinG


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