META

Unplug and Play

Solution

To see how the 25 feeder answers can be grouped into 5 groups of 5 answers, one for each meta puzzle, refer to the solution page for “Base of Operations”.

This puzzle uses the category “KTANEy words that contain other KTANEy words”. The boxes near the top of the page hint at words containing other words. The “inner” words then connect to the clues, leading to further answers, from which letters are extracted as the lines suggest.

WordContained wordClueAnswerLetters
SWITCHES
(United Legends)
SWITCHsame letter, but same row as 2 (Sea Shells)TOUCANTU
Note that the red boxes hint that it also contains WITCH and ITCH, but not to use those.
COMPASSION
(Second Glances)
PASSwhat’s above that (left of the display) (Tic-Tac-Toe)UP NEXTEP
MICROCONTROLLER
(Aroma Mash)
TROLLwhat it has 8 of (Adventure Game)STRENGTHHG
REVOLVER
(Lights On)
EVOLVEthe other one with the same first letter (Extended Password)ENLISTLN
SUPPORT
(Cinenyms)
PORTthe only one with 8 lettersPARALLELER

Putting the letters in the correct order as indicated by the lines yields the solution.

THE PLUNGER