Bomb Squad Clues
This is a "Tapas" puzzle. There are other examples and instructions online if you need more clarity on the type of puzzle being solved here. You'll want to mark which switches you know for SURE are off or on and work outward from there.
You may want to read the letters in the first two rows of the grid, they provide a clue built into the puzzle. You'll notice they say "SHADE ON LOOK AT HOLES". This implies you'll color in all the ON switches to darken them and then refer to the OFF switches that are isolated in 'holes'
This grid is a maze. What connections do you find from starting button '🡆' that might lead you to the end button '🡄'?
Each button represents a single word. The button in row 2, column 4, is the word "FRONT". Row 1 column 5 is "FOOLS"
The words represented by each button combine with nearby words to make familiar things. The first word "MAIL" matches with the second word "CALL" to make MAIL CALL.
This is the first step in the maze Mail > Call
Once you've solve the maze, use the numbers etched in the panel at the bottom. You'll find these numbers refer to a letter in each of the respective words used in the maze.
(For a 1, take the first letter; for a 2, take the second; and so on.)
IE: if the grid contained:
WATCH TOWER DEFENSE
"Watch tower" "tower defense" would be the answer. and the numbers 1 2 5 would give "WON"
WATCH (1) = W
TOWER (2) = O
DEFENSE (5) = N
The first row of numbers, when decoded according to Clue #4 should give you instructions on how to proceed.
You will make the rows of 4 using the remaining (non used) buttons, moving left to right top to bottom as you would reading a book.
This is almost a normal crossword, but some of the entries don't quite work.
The 'wires' you need to cut are some of the bars in the grid.
You'll find that some of the words don't quite fit like they should. Perhaps the wires are in the way and should be cut?
Take note of the letters that were added to the words after a cut. These should be used to form your answer for this puzzle.
Each light is activated by a different property of the input word. Lights 1, 2, and 4 are based off of the meaning of the word in some way; lights 3, 5, and 6 are wordplay-based.
Some more words that would light up each light:
1. PARTRIDGE, MATTHEW, B SHARP
2. SPRINT, WANDER, RUN
3. ABASEMENT, REMISSION, HODOMETER
4. CHORALE, DITTY, TUNE
5. AARON, ABACI, ABACK
6. CRYPTONYMS, POLYRHYTHMS, SULPHHYDRYL
You should've received a single word from each of your previous puzzles. These four words will help you start this puzzle. Place them in the spaces at the top in the appropriate places.
Each symbol (or dotted wire) represents a certain transformation that is applied to the word. Each transformation will give you a new word or phrase.
To figure out the symbols where you don't have a starting example, look at the letter counts for each of them.
(Also, you may want to know that η is a Greek letter.)