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Stargazing with the Ancients

Clues: [contextual images] Instructions: Name That Landmark

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The landmark you are looking for is

MOUNT VESUVIUS!


The grid is actually

The planets of the solar system represented using chemical elements. The first is a bit of wordplay with using the element Mercury - Hg, while the rest are made up as follows, removing letters where necessary:

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And as you can see, following the arrows spells out 'VESUVIUS' - the name of the landmark we are after!

OP Edit - Additionally, the chemical number for Mercury is 80. the phrase "80-1=explosion" is meant to point to the year 79AD when Vesuvius erupted. Furthermore, during the time period of 79AD, the only known planets were Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

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  • $\begingroup$ What was the thought process to put the elements in the places as you did? $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Dec 15, 2022 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf I realised quite quickly it was planets from mercury, stargazing, and neptune at the bottom, and I think there is actually only one way to make each of the planets from element names given the restrictions, so it was actually very easy to make the names! $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2022 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, ok. So basically from Mercury (space/planet hinted by stargazing), you extrapolated all the planet names and try to put elements that build up to the names? got it $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Dec 15, 2022 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf pretty much, I also knew the planet names were in order as mercury was at the top so just had to find elements that fitted with the minus letter clues, the 85 = At clue, and the right amount of boxes, which was fairly simple to do with a list of elements $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2022 at 14:55

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