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This puzzle is part 16 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 got a glimpse of what things may have looked like on Earth millions of years ago.

I'm debating whether I should give you a hint about today's puzzle or not. If it was anyone else I would try to point them into the right direction, but you, dear Puzzling, can probably work it out on your own. After all, I assume you have at least some interest in geography if you've followed my journey this far.

Wish you were here!
Love, Gladys.

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1. Loop of rope / Shakespeare's pentameter
2. Technically just outside Las Vegas / Chameleon or gecko
3. Ground spice / E-book reader
4. String instrument / Time travel film
5. Inexpensive / Llama relative
6. Fossilized resin / Native American or South Asian
7. Brownish colour / Immigrants
8. Vagabond / Extreme stupidity
9. Riddermark / Very young child
10. Lanzhou's province / Worshipped at Delphi
11. Accepted in Greek and Irish shops / Light phenomenon


Gladys will return in "A burglar's sunglasses, a lady's odyssey".

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Gladys is in

FOSSIL GROVE

The grid:

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  1. Loop of rope / Shakespeare's pentameter

    LASSO / IAMBIC

  2. Technically just outside Las Vegas / Chameleon or gecko

    STRIP / LIZARD

  3. Ground spice / E-book reader

    CUMIN / KINDLE

  4. String instrument / Time travel film

    CELLO / LOOPER

  5. Inexpensive / Llama relative

    CHEAP / ALPACA

  6. Fossilized resin / Native American or South Asian

    AMBER / INDIAN

  7. Brownish colour / Immigrants

    KHAKI / ALIENS

  8. Vagabond / Extreme stupidity

    NOMAD / IDIOCY

  9. Riddermark / Very young child

    ROHAN / INFANT

  10. Lanzhou's province / Worshipped at Delphi

    GANSU / APOLLO

  11. Accepted in Greek and Irish shops / Light phenomenon

    EUROS / AURORA

The middles ...

are capital cities, if you take some letters from the left and right. So:

SOFIA, Bulgaria
TRIPOLI, Libya
MINSK, Belarus
OSLO, Norway
APIA, Samoa
BERLIN, Germany
KIGALI, Rwanda
MADRID, Spain
HANOI, Vietnam
SUVA, Fiji
ROSEAU, Dominica

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  • $\begingroup$ I had [rot13]ncbyyb for 10 and [rot13]pbeban for 11 but I think your 11 fits better. $\endgroup$ – Jay May 21 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ "Outside Las Vegas" is [rot13]FGEVC. Beyond that, I'm not sure... $\endgroup$ – Exal May 21 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Exal Thanks, I wasn't coming up with anything useful there. $\endgroup$ – Rubio May 21 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ Here I was thinking that "Alpaca" was somehow wrong when "Apia" was staring me right in the face on the top of the capitals list! $\endgroup$ – Exal May 21 at 7:19
  • $\begingroup$ Hehee... looks like @Jay was right about 10. $\endgroup$ – Rubio May 21 at 7:20
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Partial answer, going off the full answer chart:

Each pair of answers, when a letter is put in the middle, creates a city, probably a capital city--four thus far... enter image description here

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Partial Answer

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Lasso, iambic

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