CISRA Puzzle Competition 2008 - Solutions
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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:
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.