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This is the third installment (???) to this series: 6 types of puzzles I like, 9 types of puzzles I like, 13 puzzles I like (and yes, I removed "types of" because I cannot think of more puzzles I especially like).


  1. Easy Synonym Puzzle! -

Don't tell truths.

TruthStopFriendStraightZ

  1. Do not look behind you -

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HINT:

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  1. Please play fair -

Dog: Fox, play fair.

Fox: Yeah, ok! HEHNXILZWZADIOWHTOJQEQZWMFUK.

  1. A beautiful step - . .

THAT MAN IS SO SLIM OR HE'S JUST THIN. OUT RIDING THE EMU, SLIGHT TROUBLE RLLY

  1. Double Meanings -

This word can mean:

  1. sparkle
  2. bubbly

or it can mean:

  1. sparkle
  2. bubbly
  3. brilliant

HINT:

_ _ F _ _ _ _ _ _ _

  1. Lost In Translation -

てちなけてくけおてと

Yes, あ means A.

  1. Video rebus -

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HINT:

What can an eye do?

  1. Surrounded -

EES

AAAIPTT

AFP

BELNZ

SUY

BG

BBCPU

CH

BEPPV

CP

  1. I am not a bird! -

My prefix is screaming.

My infix is not lofty.

My suffix is a 50/50.

  1. I don't know what to name this one -

Control Variable: 🗑️

wVSj1sF3

  1. Anagramming nightmare -

Each set has phrases related to words that are anagrams of themselves. Find the other one. (No capitalized words)

  1. Of a kind, Black person, Rebirth

  2. Existence, To lower, Flour, Neighborhood, Arabic adjective

Take note I made this using Wiktionary

  1. I don't know what to name this -

List of music I should listen to:

  1. Cupid (Twin Version) - It's been 30 days since I've listened to this.

  2. The Sound of Silence - Well, basically...

  3. Africa - Was there drums in this song? I forgot.

  4. STOP TRYING TO BE GOD - I listened to this on the ship.

  5. 6 Foot 7 Foot - I remember showing this to my mom.

  6. Delicate - I remember listening to this and I tripped on the stairs, LOL.

  7. Fireflies - Just found out they play this on the disco.

  8. Earth - I cried at that part where Meghan Trainor sang.

  9. Life of the Party - I got in trouble when I listened to this at school.

  10. Closer - After 4 years, I wanted to listen to this song.

  1. NO, NOt the NONOgram!

enter image description here

The final answer must be 4 words that are related to each other.

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  • $\begingroup$ Stiv suggested in a comment below that there might be a mistake in the top-left nonogram grid, and that the answer is intended to be ROT13(CYNHQVGF). Can you confirm/deny? $\endgroup$ Aug 30, 2023 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain yes it is. $\endgroup$
    – poco
    Sep 23, 2023 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ @1357924680a Yes it is, also spoilers please $\endgroup$
    – poco
    Sep 23, 2023 at 20:54

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Since I suspect this will be another group effort to solve in totality, let's kick this off with the solutions to six of the sub-puzzles (half of them)...

My answers so far:

1. LYGOPHOBIA
4. TIMOROUSLY
8. DISSONANCE
9. YELLOWTAIL
11. GREENBEANS
12. NEEDLEFISH

Note that all have 10 letters.

Puzzle 1:

"Don't tell truths" suggests that...

the 'Synonym' in the title is a lie - instead we are looking for antonyms or opposites of some kind to the five concatenated words beneath (TruthStopFriendStraightZ). This yields:

Truth → LIE
Stop → GO
Friend → FOE
Straight → BI
Z → A (ends of the alphabet)

String these together = LIE.GO.FOE.BI.A, or LYGOPHOBIA (fear of the dark).

Puzzle 4:

This puzzle has a tricksy element to it, which I didn't notice until I tried to...

...edit the question for an entirely unrelated reason! I was wondering whether those two stray dots after the 'steganography' tag needed to be edited out as a mistake. However, when the source is viewed you see that this string of text is actually presented as follows (implying that this is deliberate, for steganographic purposes):

Image of question 4 source code

(The small stepped offset in each line is probably being referred to in the 'step' of the sub-puzzle's title...)

To find the answer, remove all letters that appear anywhere between those two dots in this new formatted view:

Crossing out the central letters

Now read off the remaining letters in order (along each line and down) and the 10-letter answer TIMOROUSLY remains!

Puzzle 8:

The letters represent...

the initial letters of countries that all share a border with a common neighbour (which is in effect surrounded by them):

EES = DJIBOUTI (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia)
AAAIPTT = IRAN (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkiye, Turkmenistan)
AFP = SPAIN (Andorra, France, Portugal)
BELNZ = SOUTH AFRICA (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe)
SUY = OMAN (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen)
BG = NETHERLANDS (Belgium, Germany)
BBCPU = ARGENTINA (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay)
CH = NICARAGUA (Costa Rica, Honduras)
BEPPV = COLOMBIA (Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela)
CP = ECUADOR (Colombia, Peru)

Reducing these identified countries to their initials gives DISSONANCE.

Puzzle 9:

My prefix is screaming.

YELL

My infix is not lofty.

LOW

My suffix is a 50/50.

Either HEAD or TAIL. However, since YELLOWHEAD is a bird, the answer (found by concatenating/overlapping the three -fixes) must be YELL+LOW+TAIL = YELLOWTAIL, a type of fish!

Puzzle 11:

1. Of a kind, Black person, Rebirth

These work out as: genre, rot13(artre), and regen.

The other anagram of these words is GREEN. (NB I have provided the second only in its rot13-ed form, as this word - the reverse spelling of the third - is considered an 'often offensive' term...)

2. Existence, To lower, Flour, Neighborhood, Arabic adjective

These work out as: banes, basen, besan, nabes and nesba.

The other anagram of these words is BEANS.

Putting this all together, we get:

GREEN+BEANS = GREENBEANS

Puzzle 12:

These songs...

all have NATO phonetic alphabet words in their lyrics, somewhere near a phrase clued in the accompanying text.

  1. Cupid (Twin Version) - It's been 30 days since I've listened to this.

Artist: FIFTY FIFTY
Lyric: Been counting the days since NOVEMBER...

  1. The Sound of Silence - Well, basically...

Artist: Simon and Garfunkel
Lyric: And ECHOed in the wells of silence...

  1. Africa - Was there drums in this song? I forgot.

Artist: Toto
Lyric: I hear the drums ECHOing tonight...

  1. STOP TRYING TO BE GOD - I listened to this on the ship.

Artist: Travis Scott
Lyric: DELTA and I ship it overnight...

  1. 6 Foot 7 Foot - I remember showing this to my mom.

Artist: Lil Wayne ft. Corey Gunz
Lyric: Yeah, word to my mama, I'm out of my LIMA bean...

  1. Delicate - I remember listening to this and I tripped on the stairs, LOL.

Artist: Taylor Swift
Lyric: ECHOes of your footsteps on the stairs...

  1. Fireflies - Just found out they play this on the disco.

Artist: Owl City
Lyric: A FOXTROT above my head, A sock hop beneath my bed, A disco ball is just hanging by a thread...

  1. Earth - I cried at that part where Meghan Trainor sang.

Artist: Lil Dicky (this was a charity single sung by many artists)
Lyric: MEGHAN TRAINOR: We love you, INDIA...

  1. Life of the Party - I got in trouble when I listened to this at school.

Artist: Kanye West
Lyric: SIERRA Canyon when daddy got his own school...

  1. Closer - After 4 years, I wanted to listen to this song.

Artist: Chainsmokers
Lyric: Four years, no calls, Now you're looking pretty in a HOTEL bar...

Stringing all of these together gives us:

NOVEMBER ECHO ECHO DELTA LIMA ECHO FOXTROT INDIA SIERRA HOTEL, which spells NEEDLEFISH.

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This is a community wiki compilation of all the excellent answers provided by others, to get everything in one place. Please upvote the other answers where people actually solved the puzzles.

Here are the solutions to each of the individual puzzles:


  1. Easy synonym puzzle!
    - solved by Stiv

"Don't tell truths" suggests that...

the 'Synonym' in the title is a lie - instead we are looking for antonyms or opposites of some kind to the five concatenated words beneath (TruthStopFriendStraightZ). This yields:

Truth → LIE
Stop → GO
Friend → FOE
Straight → BI
Z → A (ends of the alphabet)

String these together = LIE.GO.FOE.BI.A, or LYGOPHOBIA (fear of the dark).


  1. Do not look behind you
    - solved by Ivan Smirnov

The grid with letters can be uniquely split into given polyominoes such that the letters covered by each polyomino form the connected region on the keyboard.

The resulting figure is

enter image description here

Now we note that

each connected region on the keyboard is of shape O, C or L and "embraces" some letter. Those letters are E, I, Z, S, R, A, T, R, E, R (in the order in which the figures are given in the hint), and RASTERIZER is the only anagram.

The hint helped me in finding the solution:

first, I noticed that the largest 8-cell region fits to the top and the letters are pretty close on the keyboard. Then the cross fitted nicely to the left-top with the same property.

Next, I used some computer assistance to generate the assignment (in fact, it only generated admissible positions for all polyominoes).

Finally, I realized that all connected regions on the keyboard are of the peculiar shape and looked at the surrounded characters. The colored square in the hint suggested that I'm on the right way.


  1. Please play fair
    - solved by Daniel S

It is Playfair encryption, using the grid

T H E Q U
I C K B R
O W N F X
J M P S V
L A Z Y D

The grid is derived from the pangramatic phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Solving the cipher yields the answer ANALYTICAL.


  1. A beautiful step
    - solved by Stiv

This puzzle has a tricksy element to it, which I didn't notice until I tried to...

...edit the question for an entirely unrelated reason! I was wondering whether those two stray dots after the 'steganography' tag needed to be edited out as a mistake. However, when the source is viewed you see that this string of text is actually presented as follows (implying that this is deliberate, for steganographic purposes):

Image of question 4 source code

(The small stepped offset in each line is probably being referred to in the 'step' of the sub-puzzle's title...)

To find the answer, remove all letters that appear anywhere between those two dots in this new formatted view:

Crossing out the central letters

Now read off the remaining letters in order (along each line and down) and the 10-letter answer TIMOROUSLY remains!


  1. Double Meanings
    - not yet solved

  1. Lost in Translation
    - solved by Kusane Hexaku

The key thing to notice is that all the characters given are all within the first 5 rows of the Hiragana. More specifically, they are less than 26.
This is furthermore supported by the あ = A clue. While あ is indeed the a sound, it is also the first character of the Hiragana, just like how A is the first letter of the English alphabet.

Taking their position into the hiragana gives 19 17 21 9 19 8 9 5 19 20, which when translated into A1Z26 gives the answer SQUISHIEST.


  1. Video rebus
    - solved by GentlePurpleRain

Ever since I first saw this, I thought that the -TION was clueing subtraction, but I wasn't sure what to subtract it from.

As I played around with it some more, I came up with

EQUATION

Removing the -TION and playing around with other words that contained the remaining letters, I came up with

IN AD EQUA(-TION) SEE

or

INADEQUACY


  1. Surrounded
    - solved by Stiv

The letters represent...

the initial letters of countries that all share a border with a common neighbour (which is in effect surrounded by them):

EES = DJIBOUTI (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia)
AAAIPTT = IRAN (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkiye, Turkmenistan)
AFP = SPAIN (Andorra, France, Portugal)
BELNZ = SOUTH AFRICA (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe)
SUY = OMAN (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen)
BG = NETHERLANDS (Belgium, Germany)
BBCPU = ARGENTINA (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay)
CH = NICARAGUA (Costa Rica, Honduras)
BEPPV = COLOMBIA (Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela)
CP = ECUADOR (Colombia, Peru)

Reducing these identified countries to their initials gives DISSONANCE.


  1. I am not a bird!
    - solved by Stiv

My prefix is screaming.

YELL

My infix is not lofty.

LOW

My suffix is a 50/50.

Either HEAD or TAIL. However, since YELLOWHEAD is a bird, the answer (found by concatenating/overlapping the three -fixes) must be YELL+LOW+TAIL = YELLOWTAIL, a type of fish!


  1. I don't know what to name this one
    - solved by Kusane Hexaku

Control Variable = Control V = Ctrl+V = PASTE,
+ Emoji of a BIN = PASTEBIN.
https://pastebin.com/wVSj1sF3 has a single piece of text:

oh ee ess oh pee aitch ay gee you ess

Each one these sounds like a letter, which gives the answer OESOPHAGUS.


  1. Anagramming nightmare
    - solved by Stiv

1. Of a kind, Black person, Rebirth

These work out as: genre, rot13(artre), and regen.

The other anagram of these words is GREEN. (NB I have provided the second only in its rot13-ed form, as this word - the reverse spelling of the third - is considered an 'often offensive' term...)

2. Existence, To lower, Flour, Neighborhood, Arabic adjective

These work out as: banes, basen, besan, nabes and nesba.

The other anagram of these words is BEANS.

Putting this all together, we get:

GREEN+BEANS = GREENBEANS


  1. I don't know what to name this
    - solved by Stiv

These songs...

all have NATO phonetic alphabet words in their lyrics, somewhere near a phrase clued in the accompanying text.

  1. Cupid (Twin Version) - It's been 30 days since I've listened to this.

Artist: FIFTY FIFTY
Lyric: Been counting the days since NOVEMBER...

  1. The Sound of Silence - Well, basically...

Artist: Simon and Garfunkel
Lyric: And ECHOed in the wells of silence...

  1. Africa - Was there drums in this song? I forgot.

Artist: Toto
Lyric: I hear the drums ECHOing tonight...

  1. STOP TRYING TO BE GOD - I listened to this on the ship.

Artist: Travis Scott
Lyric: DELTA and I ship it overnight...

  1. 6 Foot 7 Foot - I remember showing this to my mom.

Artist: Lil Wayne ft. Corey Gunz
Lyric: Yeah, word to my mama, I'm out of my LIMA bean...

  1. Delicate - I remember listening to this and I tripped on the stairs, LOL.

Artist: Taylor Swift
Lyric: ECHOes of your footsteps on the stairs...

  1. Fireflies - Just found out they play this on the disco.

Artist: Owl City
Lyric: A FOXTROT above my head, A sock hop beneath my bed, A disco ball is just hanging by a thread...

  1. Earth - I cried at that part where Meghan Trainor sang.

Artist: Lil Dicky (this was a charity single sung by many artists)
Lyric: MEGHAN TRAINOR: We love you, INDIA...

  1. Life of the Party - I got in trouble when I listened to this at school.

Artist: Kanye West
Lyric: SIERRA Canyon when daddy got his own school...

  1. Closer - After 4 years, I wanted to listen to this song.

Artist: Chainsmokers
Lyric: Four years, no calls, Now you're looking pretty in a HOTEL bar...

Stringing all of these together gives us:

NOVEMBER ECHO ECHO DELTA LIMA ECHO FOXTROT INDIA SIERRA HOTEL, which spells NEEDLEFISH.


  1. NO, NOt the NONOgram!
    - not yet solved
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  • $\begingroup$ My own discovery: rot13 + rot5 RSSRERIRFPR JNF GUR NAFJRE SBE 0. $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 17:13
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UPDATED with post hint thoughts 20230829.

Adding to Stiv's answer, puzzle 3

THE WORD ANALYTICAL IS THE ANSWER

because

it is Playfair encryption using the grid
T H E Q U
I C K B R
O W N F X
J M P S V
L A Z Y D.
The grid being derived from the pangramatic phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Initial observation on puzzle 2

There's a preponderance of letters from the left side of the QWERTY keyboard.

Reaction to hint on puzzle 5

The word EFFERVESCE fits and means to sparkle or to bubble, but there's something that I'm missing.

Initial observation on puzzle 6:

The hiragana transliterate as TE TI NA KE TE KU KE O TE TO

Initial observation on puzzle 7:

The yellow bar indicates an AD on YouTube, but AD SUM I TION is not a word.

Some initial thoughts on puzzle 10

This seems to be saying that we should interpret the base64 quantity in binary (hence the bin symbol). This gives 110000010101010010100011110101101100000101110111 which is a string of 48 bits. Often writing this as a black and white pixelated image is the next step, but there 48 has quite a few factorisations and although some seemed to have structure, I couldn't spot a 10-letter message.

Thoughts on the meta

It looks like we're supposed to fill out the 12x10 grids as follows
LYGOPHOBIA
RASTERIZER
ANALYTICAL
TIMOROUSLY
??????????
SQUISHIEST
??????????
DISSONANCE
YELLOWTAIL
OESOPHAGUS
GREENBEANS
NEEDLEFISH
and then extract substrings of our words consistent with the nonogram to form four clues with 29, 21, 37, and 38 letters respectively. So for example the first rectangle might being GO POSER IT ICS???

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  • $\begingroup$ The second hiragana is "chi" $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Aug 27, 2023 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I'd spell it that way too, though others (including the Japanese themselves) spell it the way Daniel S did, afaik. $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Aug 27, 2023 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ Don't forget the middle bit says "A to Y" - I think we need to arrange them in alphabetical order... Unfortunately that means we need to know all 12 before we can fully arrange them for sure! (Also, they are 12x10...) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 29, 2023 at 8:57
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    – Daniel S
    Aug 29, 2023 at 8:59
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Okay, here is my contribution to this thread :3

Puzzle 6 - Solved

The key thing to notice is that all the characters given are all within the first 5 rows of the Hiragana. More specifically, they are less than 26.
This is furthermore supported by the あ = A clue. While あ is indeed the a sound, it is also the first character of the Hiragana, just like how A is the first letter of the English alphabet.

Taking their position into the hiragana gives 19 17 21 9 19 8 9 5 19 20, which when translated into A1Z26 gives the answer SQUISHIEST.

Puzzle 10 - Solved

Control Variable = Control V = Ctrl+V = PASTE,
+ Emoji of a BIN = PASTEBIN.
https://pastebin.com/wVSj1sF3 has a single piece of text : oh ee ess oh pee aitch ay gee you ess
Each one these sounds like a letter, which gives the answer OESOPHAGUS.


Theory on Puzzle 2 I haven't solved this one yet, but I do have a theory

The title "Do not look behind you" seems to me to be hinting "Look in front of you", which leads me to the Keyboard I am currently typing on. For each row in the gird, highlighting the keys that is in that row reveals clumps of either 1 or 2 keys. My first idea is to go to Morse Code, since there's single keys and longer clumps together, but so far I haven't gotten any word out of it yet.

Miscellanous note on the META Those Nonograms look SUPER non-unique, or at least very not logically solvable. But just to be sure, I ran them through noq.solutions to check, and while they are indeed very non-unique, I did find that

the solutions it gave me has the shaded cells suspiciously clumped together, and the clumps look pretty similar in shape.

And now this is completely theory land, but some of the patterns I got reminds me or how some Conway's Game of Life patterns behave.

Again, that is completely my theory though. I contributed with two easy new solves, and now I will be going back and do the one you had solved myself for fun.

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    – Daniel S
    Aug 29, 2023 at 9:34
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Puzzle 2

Upd: updated the answer as there was a mistake in the final step.

The answer is

RASTERIZER

This is because

the grid with letters can be uniquely split into given polyominoes such that the letters covered by each polyomino form the connected region on the keyboard.

The resulting figure is

enter image description here

Now we note that

each connected region on the keyboard is of shape O, C or L and "embraces" some letter. Those letters are E, I, Z, S, R, A, T, R, E, R (in the order in which the figures are given in the hint), and RASTERIZER is the only anagram.

The hint helped me in finding the solution:

first, I noticed that the largest 8-cell region fits to the top and the letters are pretty close on the keyboard. Then the cross fitted nicely to the left-top with the same property.

Next, I used some computer assistance to generate the assignment (in fact, it only generated admissible positions for all polyominoes).

Finally, I realized that all connected regions on the keyboard are of the peculiar shape and looked at the surrounded characters. The colored square in the hint suggested that I'm on the right way.

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EDIT: Fixed the letters for grids 1 and 2 (I hadn't counted squares accurately)

Puzzle 7

Ever since I first saw this, I thought that the -TION was clueing subtraction, but I wasn't sure what to subtract it from.

As I played around with it some more, I came up with

EQUATION

Removing the -TION and playing around with other words that contained the remaining letters, I came up with

IN AD EQUA(-TION) SEE

or

INADEQUACY


Adding this to the list of words, and assuming

EFFERVESCE

for #5, then sorting alphabetically (A to Y), we end up with the grid

 ANALYTICAL
 DISSONANCE
 EFFERVESCE
 GREENBEANS
 INADEQUACY
 LYGOPHOBIA
 NEEDLEFISH
 OESOPHAGUS
 RASTERIZER
 SQUISHIEST
 TIMOROUSLY
 YELLOWTAIL
 

Plugging this into the nonograms solved by Michael J, then anagramming the letters at the centre of each cross, I can get the words

CONGRATS and ACCOLADE

from the 3rd and 4th grids respectively (assuming the ambiguous locations on the third grid are the upper right and lower left).

But the 1st and second grids don't seem to yield anything relevant. I have

L(AS or NE)(OL or PD)UT

for the first grid and

ASHRO for the second.

This could be

HORAS which is apparently a Batak word to express gratefulness, happiness, and healthiness, but that seems like a bit of a stretch.

I think I'm still missing something.

Note:

Only the R from EFFERVESCE is used in my grid 3 & 4 solutions. Perhaps that answer is wrong; since both grid 1 and grid 2 use letters from EFFERVESCE, that might be why I can't get a solution.
Using a different answer for EFFERVESCE could allow me to make HALOS for grid 2 and could also allow PLAUDIT or CALLOUT for grid 1, which all kind of fit the theme.

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    – Stiv
    Aug 29, 2023 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Making sense of the ambiguities of the remaining top-left grid is harder. My hunch is that there is a missing 'I', which would make it possible to spell your 'P' suggestion in the plural. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 29, 2023 at 19:43
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Puzzle 7

(Video Rebus)

The puzzle shows

"(1+1=[picture of an eye])-TION" in a UTUUB window with a yellow progress bar.

The solution might be

ADDITION.

Because

The "1+1" clues the word ADD. The picture of an eye clues the letter "I". So ADD+I+TION = ADDITION. Furthermore, on UTUUB = YouTube, a yellow progress bar is that of an ADvertisement.

However this solution is likely wrong because

all other solutions are 10-letter long (note: I just gathered others' solutions below.

1. LYGOPHOBIA

2.

3. ANALYTICAL

4. TIMOROUSLY

5.

6. SQUISHIEST

7. ADDITION???

8. DISSONANCE

9. YELLOWTAIL

10. OESOPHAGUS

11. GREENBEANS

12. NEEDLEFISH

13. (four words related to each other)

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  • $\begingroup$ My thoughts are the "-TION" means subtract that suffix from the answer - EYE+EYE=<what can an eye do?> - Well, two eyes can perform "depth perception", so "AD-DEPTH-PERCEP", but that doesn't get me anywhere except "adept______" $\endgroup$
    – Ken Y-N
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My thoughts on puzzle 7:

As others already pointed out, the yellow bar indicates an ad = AD

1+1 = 2. Ideas I have for this are simplifying the word TWO to TU (as YouTube is simplified to UTUUB), or using other syllables connected to the number 2, e.g. DI or BI

What can the eye do? See = C

However, ADDICTION does not fit because it's only 9 letters. Since the same image can be seen in the top right corner of the UTUUB screen, the solution could be ADDICTIONS, but that seems like a stretch

Another thought to question 7:

It would be also rebus-style to view the -TION in the riddle not as a suffix, but as the call to remove TION from the word. That however would require the bracketed equation to have 14 letters.

My thoughts on puzzle 5

My guess to the two meanings is either a difference between British / American English, or between different languages. I also thought of the word "EFFERVESCE" which fits sparkle and bubbly. However, I did not find a fitting language to fit brilliant into the picture.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is actually promising. I considered changing the justification to ADD + IC, where "eye see" = IC, but then this doesn't take into account the yellow progress bar clue. $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2023 at 10:19
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OK, progress on subpuzzle 13.

While solving the bottom-right puzzle, I found that the shaded sections are just a series of five-point stencils. Unfortunately, even just using stencils, the top-left puzzle and the bottom-left puzzle have non-unique solutions. I used MS Paint for my working and shaded in the solution in black and the empty squares in red, then left open the uncertain squares in white. https://imgur.com/a/w3MEI9P

Then, notice that each nonogram is 12 rows of 10. There are 12 puzzles, each giving a 10-letter word. I figure we're meant to plug each answer into each row and then the solution to each nonogram puts targets (the centre of the 5-point stencil) on each letter we're meant to use. Stiv noted also noted this and that we might need to arrange the 12 answers into alphabetical order before we're able to use the subpuzzle 13 solutions.

If Suyluy is correct and subpuzzle 5's answer is EFFERVESCE, I suspect the answer to subpuzzle 7 has its 6th letter as T and that its 1st letter is either M or N so that the top-right nonogram spells out "ASTRO". This though then leaves the bottom-right nonogram seemingly spelling out DCGIEOAL. No idea.

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  • $\begingroup$ Or is it 'DIAGONAL'? $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2023 at 18:58

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