This puzzle can be broken down relatively easily. Start with So now we can put it together to finish the whole thing:


Puzzle 1


The answer is: The solved puzzle is: (I believe that the solution is not completely unique, but at those points I made the choices that seemed most reasonable.) Now we can read of the following text: which explains the given final answer.


For puzzle $2$, I'm able to solve after seeing Hint $1$: However: And this is the final grid:

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