Games Online Contest #29

This contest is now closed. The original deadline was September 30, 2010, but we extended it a few days—with some new hints provided—until we had received at least five correct entries. A new contest will appear soon.

Here was the original challenge:

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

Role Playing 4

This online contest is similar to our previous online Role Playing contests ( 1, 2 , and 3). In the diagram below, each diamond represents a film and each circle represents an actor (blue) or actress (pink). Lines connect films with actors or actresses who appear in them, not necessarily in a leading role. Note that each film connects to at least two actors or actresses, and each actor or actress connects to at least two films. All the films are from the 21st century. None are shorts or documentaries, but some may have only been shown (so far) at film festivals.

The number or numbers in each circle indicate how many letters are in the first and/or last name of that actor or actress. For example, “7,?” indicates a seven-letter first name, and “?,7” indicates a seven-letter last name. Each question mark stands for a 3, 4, 6, or 9. No information is provided about the film titles.

The middle circle is empty, and represents an actress who may have any number of letters in each of her names. As the lines indicate, she was in all 13 films represented in the diagram. Her name is the answer to the contest.

The Hints

Apparently we made this contest too difficult. Because we had only received two correct entries by the deadline, on October 1 we provided some additional information about the numbers of letters in the names of the actors and movies, as shown:

The Solution

Soon after this was posted, we began receiving new correct solutions.

The answer to the contest is Kristen Stewart, as shown in this completed network of movies and actors:

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