# Hints for December 2021 Puzzled PintGilligan's Island

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## The Howells (location)

Hint 1
Arrange the RSVP cards into a rectangle.
Hint 2
Use the icons in the borders to guide assembly.
Hint 3
Place cards next to each other so that matching icons are aligned. Two cards will be horizontal, three will be vertical.
Extract
Look at the confetti for a 6-letter answer. Reading order is specified by the icons, as shown on the invitation.

## Ginger

Hint 1
Each answer to this puzzle is a combination of two real movie titles.
Hint 2
For example, "A princess is awakened by the kiss of her true love, a cursed prince who lives in a castle staffed by animated household objects" describes the plot of Sleeping Beauty and the Beast.

## Mary Ann

Hint 1
Start by shading any squares that are adjacent to two numbers, e.g. right and below the 8, which are also adjacent to the 5.
Hint 2
Add dots to crop areas that have just one option for expanding, e.g. the 8 must take the square to its left, and then down twice.
Hint 3
Expand path (shaded) areas so that they don't become isolated, e.g. the shaded square below the 8 must expand down since there are crop areas above, left, and right.
Hint 4
All dots and shading are logical conclusions; you won't need to guess. Work in another area of the grid when you don't see a logical step in the area you're working on.
Extract 1
The scarecrows in the crop (unshaded) areas indicate the answer. How are they different from one another?
Extract 2
The scarecrows are showing semaphore letters.

## Professor

Hint 1
Many of the clues are too vague to indicate a specific word. Start by propagating letters in the word chains (including from the bottom up!) and see what words you can make.
What is one of the island materials?
One of the materials is VINES.
What is the word for 'split apart'?
The word for 'split apart' is CLEAVE.

## Skipper

Each group of words can be preceded by a word to make a compound word or 2-word phrase.
Which misplaced word goes with mail and reaction?
Link goes with mail and reaction.
Which misplaced word goes with chair and way?
Tide goes with chair and way.
Which misplaced word goes with clip and cut?
Airplane goes with clip and cut.
Which misplaced word goes with arrest and plant?
Key goes with arrest and plant.
What are the numbers by misplaced words?
Use the numbers by the misplaced words to index into the "head" words.
A few of the head words are: high, house, paper, thumb, water.

## Gilligan (meta)

What is the board game?
The board game is a two-letter name; it is played with black and white stones on a grid.
What is the liquor?
The liquor is RUM.
Extract 1
Gilligan has made changes. Look at those changes to get one letter from each transformation.
Extract 2
Use the letter supplied by Gilligan (as an addition or change).

## S.S. Minnow (bonus)

Example Step 1
All dots must be visited, and there is only one way to include the corners in the path.

In the lower left of the Example, consider the dot that's one step in from the left and bottom; how can it connect to two other dots? It can't go up (that dot is already in the path) and it can't go both left and down because that would make a loop, so it must go right (and then either left or down, which will be resolved later).
Example Step 2
Since the path through the upper right corner of the Example reaches an island, that must be the destination. Therefore, no other connections can be made to any island (illustrated with small Xs).

Each new path in this step results from having just two possible connections for the dot at its corner.
Finding the destination island
In the lower right corner of the main grid, the path will go around the corner (as in the Example). In the cell above that (with the "R" in it), the path will go through the upper right corner because that corner has only two open dots available.

That forms a partial path on the top, right, and bottom sides of the R-D region. The path can't take both segments on the left side of the R-D region because that would form a loop. So, the dot in the middle of the left side must connect to the left (as well as either up or down); this connects to an island, which is therefore the end point.

(This analysis is also explained in Example Step 1 and is used elsewhere in the puzzle.)
Extract
There are 16 letters that have been looped around on three sides by the path. The answer phrase is 4 words.

## Visitors (bonus)

Who is Eva Grubb?
Eva Grubb is an aspiring actress.
Who are The Mosquitoes?
The Mosquitoes are a band.
Extract
Read the letters that aren't crossed out, from top to bottom. The answer is 10 letters, 2 words.

## The Radio (Puzzled Pint Meta-meta)

Hint 1
How many ships are there? How many months in a year?
Hint 2
Each ship's name hints at a month.
Ship Example
Mustard refers to Condiments, the name of October's set.
Partial
The rest of the first column of ships refers to Mythology (April), Poirot (July), Seven Wonders (November), Chess (June), Gilligan's Island (December) and Life in 2020 (March).
Partial
The second column of ships refer to Steven Universe (May), Vikings (August), Tenet (September), Puzzfeed (January) and A Series of Unfortunate Events (February).
Extract
Use the roman numerals to index into the meta answer for that month's puzzle set.

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