Games Online Contest #43

This contest closed on November 30, 2013. A new contest will appear soon.
Here was the original challenge:

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

Coded Crisscross 2

The grid below, if decoded properly, contains a set of 16 items that make up a particular complete category. Items read across and down, one letter per square. We’ve replaced each letter of the alphabet with a number from 1 through 22, and a number stands for the same letter throughout the grid.

The items in the grid may be single words, phrases, or a combination of both. They may be proper names. If there are items consisting of more than one word, any spaces between the words, as well as any punctuation, have been removed. The four decoded seven-letter items, all of which read down, are the solution to the contest.

To enter this contest, first read the detailed rules below, then proceed to the contest entry form below. In the answer space, enter the four decoded seven-letter grid entries. The contest deadline is November 30, 2013. Five correct entries chosen at random will each win a one-year subscription to GAMES. Limit: One entry per e-mail address.

The Solution

This was a very difficult puzzle for a coded crisscross. Not only were some of the letter patterns highly misleading (how do you guess that a word ends in AAQ?) but entries ranged from simple words like FIRE and phrases like DON’T LET GO to foreign names like SHENZOU and TIANGONG.

What the entries all have in common, as a number of contestants eventually figured out, is that they are the titles of the 16 tracks on the soundtrack CD of the motion picture Gravity. ANINGAAQ, by the way, is the name of a character who is heard via radio during the film.

The four seven-letter grid entries that made up the answer to the contest were GRAVITY, AIRLOCK, THE VOID, and SHENZOU. The decoded grid is as follows:

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