Monday, September 19, 2022

Puzzle #186: Throwing Spanners in the Works

Solution to last week's meta below, but first, today's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution), for which it might help you to know that a spanner, in crossword lingo, is an entry that's long enough to span the whole grid.

The instructions for last week's meta told you that the Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant and needed to find its way home via a series of wormholes, with the exit points of the wormholes spelling out the location of some worm holes. Here's the grid:

Starting with VOYAGER, you can make a right turn to travel down the word REAR. But then you're blocked by a black square. Fortunately, the clue for REAR, [Butt], applies just as well to the phrase REAR END, so instead of stopping at the R you can take a wormhole across the grid to continue with END. Then you can make another turn to travel through DISASTER, and take another wormhole across the grid to spell out DISASTER AREA, which also fits the clue, [Scene of chaos]. The pattern continues with ACID RAIN ([Low-pH substance]), NATURE TRAIL ([Place for an outdoorsy type]), and finally LETTER HOME ([Dispatch from camp, say]). The exit points of the five wormholes spell out EARTH, which is the location of some worm holes and, appropriately, is the home to which Voyager has returned.

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