Setka – Oscar Nite

How to play Setka, the short version:

  • Answer each clue using only Puzzle Letters and vowels.

  • Clue answers, minus vowels and duplicate letters, go in the corresponding boxes in the grid. Only Puzzle Letters in the grid!

  • Puzzle Letters can be entered forward/backward/up/down/L-shape, but not jumbled. They also cannot repeat in a row or column.

For the optimal playing experience, play on your device in landscape mode (hold your device horizontally).

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OSCAR NITE, 5×5 grid
Puzzle Letters: S, C, R, N, T

1.    1.    1.    2.    3.   

4.    4.    4.    5.    3.   

6.    7.    7.    5.    3.   

6.    8.    8.    9.    9.   

10. 10. 10. 11. 11.

Need help? Check out the Setka+ board. The plus sign denotes where each clue answer starts.


1+            1.             1.               2.             3.            
4.              4.             4+             5+           3.           
6.              7.             7+             5.             3+            
6+            8.              8+             9+           9.         
10+         10.          10.           11.          11+        


1. Nominated director (last name) whose past wins and losses show you don’t always win for the one should and sometimes you win for the one who shouldn’t.

2. What you don’t do for about a week before the red carpet.

3. A field of study often reduced in the movies to solo activities like drawing on windows, gazing contemplatively into space (sometimes while literally in space), or typing frenetically, though in fact it, along with technology, is its own category of awards and requires much collaboration.

4. Audiences (and accountants) were (a) ________ed upon the revelation that the wrong film was honored for Best Picture (hint: the first syllable of the film that actually won is a word for the big (b) ________ orbiting the Earth).

5. Won for Judy but she had us at Bridget (first name).

6. Losing contenders must ________ thrilled for the winner, something some do so convincingly they should get an award they lost on this basis alone.

7. One of the nominated films is set in the mid ’60s and is about dueling companies; of course, as any mid-life crisis survivor can attest, it’s not really or only just about the ________.

8. Some believe those nominees who don expensive gowns or tuxes and then speak about the perils of celebrity culture are showing a ________ ear. Or should it be a diamond one?.

9. Nominee who is part of a club whose members include Winona, June, and Katharine.

10. The Academy is criticized for offering neither rhyme nor ________ for its selections.

11. Let’s play Hollywood! Brad Pitt (congratulations!) once dated an actress–not that one, not that one, the other one– whose head wound up in a bad place in the movie they did together. Subtract one from the title of that film and add some sense, and now you have the film where this person was nominated for Best Actress in the Oscars 20 years ago. (a) Her initials are the answer to this clue. Still not sure? Different person, same initials: (b) This actor, whose initials are also the answer to this clue, has played some Top figures and has had some risky business on and off the screen. He co-starred with the 1989 Best Actor winner in a film that, like Brad’s (sort of), involved two men hanging out a lot.

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