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Solutions for Act III Scene 3 - Here

It isn't immediately clear what the mechanic might be in this puzzle, but it is quite clear that each picture is a clue implying some single word. After solving some of the more self-evident clues, it can be noted that each word can be preceeded by a compass direction to make another word:

  • ASCENT -> NASCENT
  • TRAIN -> STRAIN
  • HINGE -> WHINGE
  • DAM -> EDAM
  • PAN -> SPAN
  • CONE -> SCONE
  • CAR -> SCAR
  • HOE -> SHOE
  • OVEN -> WOVEN
  • DATES -> SEDATES
  • EASEL -> WEASEL
  • OAR -> SOAR
  • HEAT -> WHEAT (also perhaps HOOP -> WHOOP, but this is the Miami Heat Logo)
  • SPY -> ESPY
  • ELF -> SELF
  • HUT -> SHUT
  • EVERMORE -> NEVERMORE (this is the band that released the CD pictured - can be found quite easily on the Wikipedia disambiguation page for "Running")
  • GATE -> NEGATE
  • LID -> SLID
  • SKY -> ESKY
  • HOLE -> WHOLE
  • CAN -> SCAN
  • APE -> NAPE
  • AGLETS -> EAGLETS (my personal favourite)
  • ARROW -> NARROW
  • UMBER -> NUMBER (easily verified with Google)
  • EIGHT -> WEIGHT

If we apply the same scheme to the title, the much more appropriate question WHERE? is uncovered, which indicates that the answer is probably a place. Now the first three pictures clue NSW, which is a common abbreviation for the Australian state of New South Wales. What's left is the grid.

It is quite noticeable that S tends to be clued in the top row, and is only present once in the bottom row. In fact there is only one place where the cardinal direction points outside the grid - from CAN. This might indicate that there is some sort of path that spans the grid, directed by the compass directions. However, one can quickly see that this is not the case by starting somewhere and following the directions.

Fortunately if one does attempt to connect paths together, the numbers "2408" are formed (with the picture CAN revealing itself to be unnecessary, being in the gap under the branch of the 4, though arguably representing a comma following the thousands digit). If not immediately recognisable as a post code, Googling "NSW 2408" reveals a number of results relating to the small NSW town of "NORTH STAR", which is the solution.

Eagle-eyed puzzle-hunters may have noticed that this is not the only town that has the post code 2408. However, due to its thematic importance as well as its Google prominence, NORTH STAR was deemed to be an appropriate solution even given possible ambiguity.

The answer is: northstar