Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
The unknown symbol means ...
In the final answer, it is ...
... both at the front and at the back.
In the rebus, the mystery word ...
... is always at the front. The answers are place names:
MONTPARNASSE — PAR(m→N)A + (e)SSE(n)
MONTENEGRO — GENE< (Hackman) + hiragana kana RO (thanks, Bass)
MONTBLANC — BLANC = white in French
MONTICELLO — I (= X V/L) + CELLO
MONTSERRAT — RR (blank Rolls Royce logo) in SEAT
MONTERREY — (su→E)RREY
MONTEVIDEO — Braille E + the one who killed the radio star
MONTREAL — REAL, the Brazilian coin
MONTGOMERY — GO + REM< + Y (= [y], IPA symbol for German umlaut ü)
The final answer ...
... can be found by taking the indicated letters from the individual solutions after the MONT part. This yields "pel ier ver", and by surrounding that with two MONTs, we get:
row 1 column 1
parma: m-->n : PARMA + ?
row 2 column 3
surrey - su + e = ERREY