# .....Let it begin

The task is to somehow make sense of these images: each image represents a single word/noun/abbreviation except image 7 (two words). Once you've done that, replace the question marks (each question mark represents a digit).

Good luck!

?? -96 , ???? -85 , ???? -99 , ?? -76 , ??? -97

• I don't want to know what image 4 really is. It scares me... Jul 12, 2020 at 14:01
• Is the question mark in image 2 related to the question marks representing the unknown digits? Jul 12, 2020 at 14:04
• :).... no it's not Jul 12, 2020 at 14:07
• don't worry @Earlien it's just jam :) Jul 14, 2020 at 18:31

Thanks to @QuantumTwinkie for the tip that the images correspond to movie titles. Edit: I swapped the intended meanings of the images so with an additional hint from the puzzler I have hopefully corrected my mistake.

I will go in order of the words corresponding to the numbers of each image, which are then used as placeholders for the question marks.

2 = space, 4 = jam and the movie "Space Jam" was released in -96, so putting the image number in place of the nouns of the movie title we get ?? 96 = "Space Jam" -96 = 24 -96.

11 = back (of a shirt), 7 = to the, 9 = future, and "Back to the Future" was released in -85, so ???? -85 = "Back to the Future" -85 = 1179 -85

3 = eyes, 10 = wide (width), 6 = shut (gesture for shut up), and "Eyes Wide Shut" was released in -99, so ???? -99 = "Eyes Wide Shut" -99 = 3106 -99

12 = Titan (moon of Saturn), 8 = ic (integrated circuit) so putting the two together we get "Titanic" which was released in -97, so ??? -97 = "Titanic" -97 = 128 -97

1 = taxi (the word "taxi" has been cropped out of the taxi light) and 5 = driver. Putting them together we get "Taxi Driver" released in -76 so ?? -76 = "Taxi Driver" -76 = 15 -76

As an aside: "Taxi Driver" was my first thought for the year 1976 as this was one of the most famous movies released that year but I had swapped clues 1 and 6, so I couldn't derive "Taxi Driver" from clues 5 and 6.

• Ahh, nice finds! Jul 13, 2020 at 1:09
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• Now it looks good :) Jul 13, 2020 at 3:25

Guess

A set of pictures may clue to a movie, where the numbers refer to the year of which it was released(or how many years since its release)

I do not have a great moive knowlegde, but one could be

Back to the Future with clues #7, #9, and #11

Another may be

Space Jam with clues #4 and #12

Another may be

Quiet Place with clues #6 and #5(the guy is driving to a place?)

Other guesses include

Clue three may refer to the word "eyes".

So,

The numbers may be -2018(Quiet Place), -85(BttF), or -96(Space Jam)

• This is a great start! Jul 12, 2020 at 23:39
• @QuantumTwinkie Your guess was correct ofc! This is indeed movie titles Jul 13, 2020 at 2:53