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The answer is: Here's how we got here, building off of Lukas's answer. Completed grid: From there, This gives us the clue: From there, the answer is Alternate answers, maybe:


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It looks like: Because: But I am slightly confused by: EDIT 2: EDIT 3: But the total is:


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The bird... Explanation:


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(Partial) I think the 36 words are


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