Jack in all Tags... But Master in All?

This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Queen King... Jack

You finally flipped to your last card, and... a bunch of animals??? Tis' not Animal Farm, right?

nothing here...

OP's Words

This has been a fun series, seeing you guys solving a variety of puzzles, awing at how you guys can all [literally] read my mind. This puzzle may not be as majestic as @jafe's Gladys series, nor may it be as themed as @athin's Pyramid series. Yet I hope y'all have fun in this, and feel free to give me some feedback for my puzzle-creating skills. Thank you all for solving my puzzles, because it's no use making puzzles while no one is solving it. As a final word, as I've always said, "Happy Puzzling"!

  • $\begingroup$ Can you confirm the answers to Three and Nine? Three's answer seems like it should be ADE with the data I have so far, but you accepted AGE. And I haven't been able to get the answer to Nine to work. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ (And can you check the placement of the emoji near the upper left?) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi 3 is AGE. 9 is PRAGUE. the emojis should be alright $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, that fixes it! I think I see how the rest of the puzzle works - writing it up now. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Deus oh no... you're just so gaddam quick... $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 16:35

1 Answer 1


First, the numbers:

The given grid can be solved as a colored nonogram. (The X marks an unshaded cell.)

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Next, we use the emoji:

The twelve emoji are the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. These have a canonical order, so we can match them up with our twelve answers.
Then, the twelve answers can be entered into the grid crossword-style: each one goes across or down, starting from its square. There's only one way to do this.
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And finally, we use both parts of the data we've gathered so far.

The given squares are always in groups of 2 or 3, either horizontally or vertically. And there's a single red piece, in the same row as the arrow on the right... Turns out that these form a Rush Hour puzzle. In Rush Hour, there are several cars of length 2 or 3 in a grid - they can only move forwards or backwards. One of the cars is red, and the goal is to get it out.

Solving that puzzle, and getting a final answer:

Here's the solution to the Rush Hour puzzle:
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Each of the cars was filled with letters. In the solved position, these spell out the final answer:
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And with that, we've SOLVED THE LAST PIECE!

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    $\begingroup$ Well, that's my evening freed up! Nice solve +1 And nice finale @OmegaKrypton - sweet meta-mechanism ("metanism"?!) :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 16:50

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