Solution to Data Analysis

Solvers were placed in a room with pencils, some reference books, and the data to analyze. Each individual puzzle gave a bigram; in puzzle order these spelled out HI TL ER BI OG RA PH ER. One of the books provided to solvers was a Hitler biography by IAN KERSHAW; that is the answer to the puzzle.

Individual puzzle solutions:

1. Sudoku:

DIGFAHEBC
HCABEGIFD
EFBDCIAGH
GBDHIEFCA
IHCAFBGDE
FAECGDBHI
BEIGHCDAF
AGHEDFCIB
CDFIBAHEG

2. Jigsaw Puzzle:

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3. Trivia:

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The first letters of each answer spell out JOKE TYPE WITH PUNCH LINE BUT I, which clues the bigram ER.

4. Cryptogram:

THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED BETA AND IOTA BY SOCRATES AND HIS FOLLOWERS

5. Split Decisions:

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There are two places in the grid, symmetrically opposite from each other, containing the letters EX, where it's impossible to form words. But if you replace EX with OG in both places, the puzzle works, so OG is the bigram.

6. Paint By Numbers:

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7. Crossword

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Each of the theme entries contains PH twice, so PH is the bigram.

8. Jotto: