## Snake (Solution)

#### by Palmer Mebane

For each of the eight answers, there is a unique snake (one cell wide, does not touch itself) which starts at the first letter and eats the letters of the answer in order. The image above provides small numbers 1-8 in the corners of each cell of each snake; all spaces with a 1 in them are part of the same snake spelling answer 1 (snakes for different answers can overlap), and similarly for the other numbers 2-8.

Each snake also eats some different-looking gray letters, so each of the eight snakes gives a small string of 3-4 letters, which can be put together to form the answer string.

(1) TOTAL ECLIPSE gives DRJ |
(2) STRAVINSKY gives ENLA |

(3) CARL SAGAN gives NDI |
(4) GUNPOWDER gives ACKS |

(5) SVALBARD gives ONS |
(6) PITCHER gives NGP |

(7) FINALE gives ADS |
(8) RIOT gives ALI |

These can be reordered to form DRJACKSONSALIENLANDINGPADS. Dr. Daniel Jackson, an archaeologist from the movie and TV show *Stargate*, had a theory that the pyramids were landing pads for alien spaceships. The final answer is
**PYRAMIDS**.