# CISRA Puzzle Competition 2008 - Solutions

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## A.2 Gridlook

The grid of letters contains some words and phrases, in the style of a word search puzzle.

Some of these phrases are reminiscent of movie titles, but each movie title is missing a number. The missing numbers form the sequence one to thirteen.

The missing numbers can be at the start, end, or middle of the movie titles. In each case, a letter appears in place of the missing number.

Ordering the incomplete movie titles by their missing number gives:

 THOURPHOTO One Hour Photo T = 1 HTHOUSANDANDONE Two Thousand And One H = 2 EHUNDRED Three Hundred E = 3 NINETEENEIGHTYT Nineteen Eighty-Four T = 4 NINETOH Nine to Five H = 5 THEITHSENSE The Sixth Sense I = 6 RYEARSINTIBET Seven Years In Tibet R = 7 TLEGGEDFREAKS Eight-Legged Freaks T = 8 THEWHOLEYYARDS The Whole Nine Yards Y = 9 NCANOES Ten Canoes N = 10 OCEANSI Ocean's Eleven I = 11 NMONKEYS Twelve Monkeys N = 12 THEETHFLOOR The Thirteenth Floor E = 13

Reading the subsituted letters in order gives the phrase "the thirty nine". Using the same motif employed in the wordsearch, we need a movie that uses the number 39 in its title. A quick search on the Internet (or good movie knowledge) leads to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film The Thirty-Nine Steps. The answer is STEPS.