This is part 12 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own.
Many moons ago, on an island far, far away…
Today I have a Moon-or-Sun puzzle for you. The grid is divided into rooms. Draw one continuous loop which visits every room exactly once, going horizontally or vertically through centres of cells without crossing itself or branching out. The circles in the grid represent moons (black circles) and suns (white circles). In every room, the loop either passes through all the suns in the room but none of the moons, or all the moons in the room but none of the suns. “Moon” and “sun” rooms alternate, so if the previously visited room was a “moon” room, the next room has to be a “sun” room and so forth.
In the crossword (light grey numbered cells), each answer is written around the numbered cell either clockwise or anticlockwise. Any of the cells surrounding the number can serve as the starting point.
Today I have explored bustling markets and beautiful sandy beaches on a picturesque island. Can you guess where I am?
1. The core personnel of a military unit
2. Evacuate from a fighter jet, say
4. "Ugly" TV character
5. Reads a QR code, perhaps
6. A river's curve
7. People ready to depart on a moment's notice
8. Artistically stimulated
9. Afghanistan is their graveyard
10. A long look
11. Equipped with weapons
14. Message received
Gladys will return in Under the Surface.