This was intended to be for History Fortnight, but I didn't quite get it finished up in time. (I now have a history of just missing these cutoffs.) Here's the puzzle, though you'll definitely need the bigger version to have a go at it.

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  • The final answer is a person who would've been quite good at History Fortnight.
  • I'm American, so dates are MM/DD/YYYY.
  • There are cryptic clues (in crpytic-crossword style) but also non-cryptic clues. All cryptic clues are followed by (n) for clarity, even when there are already boxes for their solutions.
  • A complete answer will have all boxes filled in and the correct final answer identified. (And any additional notes are welcome!)
  • The colors do help keep track of which answers go where, but shouldn't be necessary for those color-blind folks out there.
  • There's no easy way to make a text version of this, so it's tagged .
  • The flow of information is not meant to be difficult to follow. Let me know if you're not sure about something, but a careful look should give you the gist of it.
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    $\begingroup$ Looks awesome! Wish I had more time right now to give it a good go. If it's not solved by tomorrow, maybe I'll take a crack at it... $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ Can't quite tell what's going on on the right side - is the "or" crossword the "source" of the other four entries? $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 23:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Yep, the output from the "or" crossword gets used in a bunch of places. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain I'm starting a CW answer for this one - it might just be too massive for any one person to handle. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 23:38
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    $\begingroup$ Re: having "a history of just missing these cutoffs", at least you get them out. :) At this stage, I think I've got more work in progress drafts than I do actually released puzzles (including several from fortnightly challenges). $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 2:13

2 Answers 2


Filled out scavenger hunt:

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Thanks to Deusovi and whoever helped on the comments to that answer!

  • $\begingroup$ Awesome! Nicely done. The only issue is that Time/Middle in the bottom crossword should really be Face/Circle. (Even though time/middle perfectly fit the clues...oops.) That way all the pairings will be correct stories. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ Also TREATY instead of PALACE. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 9:31

I have to take a break for now - I'm really close, though. If anyone wants to finish it off, feel free.

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    $\begingroup$ (I hate when real life gets in the way of puzzles...) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 0:21
  • $\begingroup$ 3rd clue in the 2nd crossword should be TREATY (as in Naval Treaty). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ World leader / satellite is BAN KI MOON $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ 1st clue in the 2nd crossword should be FACE (as in Yellow Face - I made the same mistake on that one). 1st clue in the 1st crossword is FINAL (as in Final Problem). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ 6th clue in the 1st crossword is NOBLE (as in Noble Bachelor). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 0:36

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