(Part 0 [hints])
Part 1 [pictures of fish]
Part 2 [weird capitalization]
Part 3 [flags]
Part 4 [word search]
Part 5 [grids]
Part 6 [lines of text]
Part 7 [diagrams]
Part 8 [candy]
Part 9 [meta]
Thanks to Stiv, Gareth, and samm82 for correcting a few errors and helping to finish off the puzzle.
The 12-letter answer to this puzzle is:
Why? Read on, to find out!
Firstly, the 12 letter strings that we have been given are all clues that have been disguised. In each case, their decryption can be described by a very specific transformation, unique to each clue. Once deciphered, each clue leads us to a one-word answer. Then - crucially - once we have ...
The correctly matched pair in this puzzle is not the capital-country combo of WARSAW and POLAND, contrary to what you might expect. Instead, it is:
The others should be paired up as follows:
OK, here's my best guess.
The picture of the raised fist with the medal represents
The 1 in the corner of that represents
The letters on the right hand side of the + sign represent
Based on the second hint we are actually looking for
Adding these together, we get the left hand picture with 2 in the top right representing
Then the right hand picture with ...
Very partial, but for at least some of the lines