This is part 8 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end.

Solve the fourteen rebuses below to find some names, then some names, then some names, then one final name - this is your answer...

Fourteen rebuses


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First we solve the rebuses:

(Abu - a = BU) + (Ragu - a = RGU) + (Andy - a = NDY) = BURGUNDY

(bark a->u = BURK) + E = BURKE

(cross - s = CROS) + (bike - k = BIE) = CROSBIE

DAN + (Cher - h = CER) = DANCER

(grid d->f = GRIF) + FIN = GRIFFIN

(Hart - t = HAR) + (PER sign) = HARPER

keeper - e ^ n = KEPNER


ONE + (nil - n = IL) = ONEIL

say ^ h = SHAY

tab ^ u = TAUB

TEN (Dyson d->n = NYSON) = TENNYSON

(web - b = WE) + (Astley - t = asley) = WEASLEY


Then we notice

BURGUNDY and WEASLEY. Both have an orange outline and both are characters with first name Ron from Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy and Harry Potter. Then we see those movies' abbreviations in the middle square and both are italic. Turns out italic is movies and not-italic is TV shows.

We find them all:

orange: Ron Burgundy (ATLOR?), Ron Weasley (HP)

green: Leslie Burke (BTT), Leslie Crosbie (TL), Leslie Lapidus (SC), Leslie Shay (CF), Leslie Winkle (TBBT)

red: April Dancer (TGFU), April Kepner (GA), April O'Neil (TMNT)

blue: Chris Griffin (FG), Chris Taub (H)

yellow: Ben Harper (MF), Ben Tennyson (B1)

Then we notice that

Ron, Leslie, April, Chris, and Ben are all characters from Parks and Recreation!

I thought that was the end but @Daniel S observes in the comments that we can go further:

let's take those characters' last names and order them by color of the rainbow:

red: April LUDGATE
orange: Ron SWANSON
yellow: Ben WYATT
green: Leslie KNOPE
blue: Chris TRAEGER

If we index into the last name by the number of times the first name appeared in the grid, we get DWYER, the surname of the same show's character Andy Dwyer.

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    – Daniel S
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 23:07
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    – Daniel S
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(...gubhtu V pna'g uryc ohg guvax gung gur qbg orsber gur terra bar fubhyq or pbybherq erq) $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Nyfb whfg abgvprq gung gur rkgenpgvba beqre vf tvira ol envaobj beqrevat) $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielS, nice, the ordering and indexing makes sense, but I don't see what you're saying about the dots $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 23:18

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