HANG `EM HIGH

by Mark L. Gottlieb

Solution: ETHAN ALLEN

Step 1

Solve for the words in the Solitaire Hangman puzzle. Each one is a word related to hanging (or, more loosely, punishment for crime) with a letter missing.

I. NCARCERATED
II. AROCITY
III. FITFIGHT
IV. BOM THREAT
V. GOVENMENT
VI. BEQUETHAL
VII. PEDOPHLE
VIII. REMORSEESSLY
IX. BLACKMAIER
X. JURISPRUDNT

Step 2

Insert the missing letters to reconstruct the whole words. The inserted letters form a diagonal pattern that spells the message IT'S BRAILLE.

I. INCARCERATED
II. ATROCITY
III. FISTFIGHT
IV. BOMB THREAT
V. GOVERNMENT
VI. BEQUEATHAL
VII. PEDOPHILE
VIII. REMORSELESSLY
IX. BLACKMAILER
X. JURISPRUDENT

Step 3

Find the Braille. In this case, it's the numbers in the letter-placement chart, which is three rows high. Interpret 0's as dots to read the message SHADE EVENS.

 S H A D E E V E N S

Step 4

Shade the evens. Specifically, shade all the even numbers in the guess chart. This forms the message PENULTIMATES when read on its side.

Step 5

Go back to the word list (either with or without the missing letters) and take the penultimate letters. This spells the final answer, ETHAN ALLEN.

I. NCARCERATED

II. AROCITY

III. FITFIGHT

IV. BOM THREAT

V. GOVENMENT

VI. BEQUETHAL

VII. PEDOPHLE

VIII. REMORSEESSLY

IX. BLACKMAIER

X. JURISPRUDNT