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Solutions for Act IV Scene 1 - Location

We are presented with a set of seven signs with various words and arrows on a 5x7 grid. As the title 'Location' suggests, we should decide where each of these signs are located. This can be solved uniquely using the arrows which give us the relative position of another sign or landmark - either horizontal, vertical, diagonal or a knight's move away. The locations of the signs is thus:

---3-
-5---
--1--
----2
-4---
6----
--7--

We must now figure out how this information can be used. The key step is to observe that there is something at each location. Each sign gives the latter portion of a phrase or idiom containing the word "at". It turns out that these idioms are listed in alphabetical order, as follows:

Asleep at the switch
Bursting at the seams
Clutching at straws
Fire at will
Light at the end of the tunnel
Night at the opera
Tug at the heartstrings

We now apply the position of each sign to somehow obtain a word. The rule is: Order the words by row and take the letter corresponding to the column. Doing so gives us:

clutching
light
asleep
bursting
fire
night
tug

This spells the word TILTING. We apply the rule one last time to obtain the idiom "tilting at windmills", which roughly means to attack imaginary enemies or to act based on misinterpreted justifications.

The answer is: windmills