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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx


Based on the quotes, fill in the person who said them. The answer is a video game character.

____, in public place:

  • "Seer prosecuted, ..."
  • "...repair clothes with a needle? Not easy..."
  • "...Ms Hathaway had received Chesterfield..."
  • "...used Chesterfield, ultimately..."
  • "...it does odd, grey, dark or laughing..."
  • "...what Nancy Reagan might say about her children..."
  • "...after summer, a city in the south of France..."
  • "...King's book, The Eye of Providence, sees this..."
  • "...interrupt what comes after the third act..."
  • "...it remains unbalanced substance."
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The first step is to realise that these lines:

are not actually quotes in themselves. Instead, we first need to parse the wordplay to find synonyms of the words, and then we need to take 'soundalikes' - this is what the speech marks imply, not a direct quotation.

Doing so gives us the following:

"Seer / prosecuted, ..."

EYE / TRIED = I TRIED

"...repair clothes with a needle? / Not easy..."

SEW / HARD = SO HARD

"...Ms Hathaway / had received / Chesterfield..."

ANNE / GOT / SOFA = AND GOT SO FAR

(Music fans might spot at this point where this is going...!)

"...used Chesterfield, / ultimately..."

BUTT / IN THE END = BUT IN THE END

"...it does / odd, / grey, dark or laughing..."

IT DOES / NOT EVEN / MATTER = IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER

"...what Nancy Reagan might say about her children..."

"I HAD TWO" = I HAD TO

"...after summer, / a city in the south of France..."

FALL / TOULOUSE = FALL TO LOSE

"...King's book, / The Eye of Providence, sees this..."

IT / ALL = IT ALL

"...interrupt / what comes after the third act..."

BUTT IN / THE END = BUT IN THE END

"...it remains unbalanced / substance."

IT DOESN'T EVEN / MATTER = IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER

What have we produced here? These are:

the lyrics to the chorus of In the End (2000) by Linkin Park (hence the tag).

And this gives us our answer! These 'quotes' were said 'in public place' by:

"Link, in park!"

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