This puzzle is part 9 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys.

Dear Puzzling,

Today I wanted to see a local educational institution. It may not be the most exciting tourist destination, but I enjoyed it a lot. Museums and churches are great, of course, but it's nice to get to talk with young people for a change.

Wish you were here!
Love, Gladys.

P.S. One rule for today's puzzle: A number is worth two letters!

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2. Destination of an emigrant trail
3. Wanted to tear down a wall
4. Program used in AA
6. Green vegetable
7. 25%
8. Historical military ruler
9. Segregated urban area
11. Musician behind Live Aid
13. President's daughter
15. Waiter or computer
16. Object with magical powers
17. James Bond
18. Burnt colour
19. Existing being

1. Used for dating by archaeologists
3. Greatly enjoy
5. With sign, light or fighter
6. Sydney Harbour or George Washington
10. Tropical bird
12. Median lethal dose
14. Japanese sword
15. David Fincher thriller

Gladys will return in "The hearts of gold".

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    $\begingroup$ Fun fact: In Gladys' usage, puzzling is a word like "duckling", not a word like "rolling". $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 15:12

1 Answer 1


Gladys is at

Oran 1 University in Oran, Algeria

The gimmick with this crossword is that

every square has to be occupied by either two letters or one numeral. For example, 4A is 12 STEP, so you put the 1 and 2 in the first and second squares, then ST and EP in the last two.

Completed gridI:

(Credit to @Rubio for this much better and cleaner grid! If you want to see the original (terrible) handwritten grid, click here.)

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    $\begingroup$ omg. seriously. lol $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:53
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    $\begingroup$ You're welcome to use this. My answer had one entry slightly wrong anyway (fixed now) and you beat me by, like, a minute. To the victor go the spoils. *hat tip* $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Rubio are you bashing on my handwriting now? I’ll have you know I spent an entire 20 seconds writing all that out, and now I feel so offended that I’m going to chuck my device and the rest of the stuff in this room out of the window. (In case you’re concerned, I’m jk, you’re still the best mod :) ) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:57
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I ninjaed you... whoops, overreaction there I guess :) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, that hehe. Grats :) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:59

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