Solve the following crossword that lacks most of the clues (but has some letters revealed), and then perform to the resulting words.

Please note that this is an – One particular line of thought will instantly solve this puzzle!

The crossword


  • A. A misspelt letter. (4)
  • B. (5)
  • E. A nymph. (4)
  • F. (6)
  • G. (4)
  • H. (6)
  • J. A feminine name. (7)
  • L. (4)
  • O. (4)


  • C. (7)
  • D. (4)
  • I. (4)
  • K. (6)
  • M. A masculine name. (4)
  • N. (6)
  • P. (6)
  • $\begingroup$ I assume the missing bits of drop-shadow at the bottom right corner aren't meant to have significance? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 29, 2023 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ I'm getting a conflict between N and H, or between H and C, depending on what I use for H. Everything else works well enough that it seems unlikely I'm completely on the wrong track. I expect the error is mine none the less, but would be glad if you'd double-check... $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 29, 2023 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ (Duh, it would appear that the error was in fact mine. Not very surprisingly.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 29, 2023 at 21:40

1 Answer 1


The grid:

          N     x
          A l f a
          o   C
          y   h
    H a g a k i
      F y o d o r   P
              r     E c h o
        J u l i e t t
                    r     K
                    O l g a
            B o r I s     w   M
                  v     G a l i
                L a m a   s   k
                  n       e   e

The groups:

Letters from the NATO phonetic alphabet: ALFA, ECHO, JULIETT, MIKE. (These are the ones for which definitions were provided.)

Letters from the Greek spelling alphabet, transliterated into Latin characters: DOXA, GALI, LAMA, PETROS.

Letters from the Russian spelling alphabet, transliterated into Latin characters: BORIS, FYODOR, IVAN, OLGA.

Letters from the Japanese radiotelephony alphabet, transliterated into Latin characters: CHIDORI, HAGAKI, KAWASE, NAGOYA.

  • $\begingroup$ Ha! I had the same idea (and quickly filled in D, N and O), but got stuck after that. My scope is rather limited, apparently. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Oct 29, 2023 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Vg'f abg UNTNXR; vg'f UNTNXV.) $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2023 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, apparently I can't read. That would indeed seem to resolve everything. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 29, 2023 at 21:39

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