# A massive synonym

Please explain how to assemble the puzzle.
Yes, one is missing, but you can follow the >.
No computers.

Hint:

No rotations, the letters are oriented correctly. One option is to solve the blue first. If you noticed the blue letters could be made to form a line, you are in a good spot.

Hint 2:

NMNDL. This puzzle is not accepting donations, it is just about assembly. The title is your guide.

Hint 3:

Mr. Agana has some advice: "Keep it simple." Try cutting out the pieces and shuffling them around? If you noticed 'A' must follow 'M', you are in a good place. Solve one row and you will have what you need to continue.

Text version:

2 wide by 4 high (x6)
O |A |ND|OE|A |E |
U             E
N  MA AA I   U L
I  A IA U

4 wide by 2 high (x3)
I|   A| IEO
A |  A |> A
Target:
12 wide by 6 high in blocks of 4x3

• Why one is missing? 8X9 = 12X6 = 72. What is the drawing below the 2X4 blocks?
– Moti
Mar 31, 2022 at 5:52
• @Moti What is missing will be realized when the puzzle is solved, but a creative person might leverage that fact as a clue. The empty grid is the target shape.
– Amoz
Apr 1, 2022 at 11:46
• Here my brain is trying to do an unscramble puzzle. It found "NOMAD". Lol Apr 22, 2022 at 1:36
• @Riddler Correct strategy. But think about the puzzle as a whole.
– Amoz
Apr 22, 2022 at 13:16
• High quality puzzle. Thanks for making it.
– JLee
May 10, 2022 at 1:26

We can

fit the pieces in to the target grid like this

or with the target grids block division

We can immediately notice here two things. First of all, the third row with all the blue letters spells MAINLAND. Secondly, the yellow and green letters are in alternating blocks.

Each block actually contains all the vowels of a continent's name and the continents are also more or less in the regular order of a world map. I.e., we have
North America, Europe, Asia
South America, Africa, Australia

The one we are missing is Antarctica, but that can be read from the bottom row as indicated by the arrow.

• You got it, well done!
– Amoz
May 9, 2022 at 15:10