Nagoya: Solution

Solution needed. The answer is EUROPEAN UNION.


Archivist's Note: Here is some speculation about how the puzzle might be solved:

The bit about file drawer labels may mean that we will need to alphabetize these answers, maybe get one for each letter of the alphabet.

  1. Chari river or Yobe river
  2. volcano
  3. Rosetta stone
  4. OS/2 or AIX
  5. RNA?
  6. is that part of a snake?
  7. missing
  8. American Greetings logo (rose)
  9. Mount Vernon
  10. Google thinks this is Stop Sellafield, a 1992 concert by U2 and other bands to support Greenpeace and fight the construction of a nuclear power plant.
  11. ??? It is possible this is something Biblical.
  12. King Henry IV of France, Henry de Bourbon, not sure what they want here.
  13. missing
  14. (Joe) Zawinul
  15. Yobe river or Chari river
  16. Subliminal (They Might Be Giants song, first track on John Henry)
  17. photo is missing
  18. Xenon
  19. Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
  20. Fat Man, the second atomic bomb used in World War II
  21. Absolute Zero
  22. Blue Nun wine
  23. domino
  24. missing
  25. missing
  26. missing

There are some unused images in the folder for this puzzle: item20.jpg, some sort of tunnel (which doesn't seem to go along with the actual item 20); icone.jpg, a cone for ice cream; and duplicate copies of some of the other images which spoil their intended answers (apparently the American Greetings card is a forget-me-not, the invented parody of Fahrenheit 451 is supposed to be Kelvin Zero, and item 6 is something abbreviated "aba").

This seems to make most things start with distinct letters. Try alphabetizing.

If we want the last letters of these things, then we might be trying to complete _ N I O _ _ E _ _ _ O _ N _ 2 _ L E L L _ O _ N E L.

Additional insight from Michael Sylvia: nearly all of the answers end with either a number (usually one or two, though Henry IV gives four) or a syllable indicative of nothingness (null, none, no, naught, etc.) The person found eating pomegranate seeds is likely Perseph(one).

Possibly, since you'd wind up associating each of the twenty-six letters with a number in this way, and the majority of them seem to be zeroes, the solution might involve anagramming together that quantity of each letter? The four Hs make this seem a little less than promising, though, and if it is the right method, the missing data would make this likely impossible to solve now.