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yes or no solution writeup
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\section{Yes or No}
+The first step to solving this puzzle is to solve the crossword clues in both columns.
+\begin{center}
+ \begin{tabular}{l|c}
+Tell a joke & amuse \\\hline
+Act of selling again & resale \\\hline
+Harmful deeds & evils \\\hline
+Calypso's father & atlas \\\hline
+Exasperating insects & gnats \\\hline
+Dish lister & menu \\\hline
+Alpaca-like mammal & llama \\\hline
+Extended clan & tribe \\\hline
+Nap or meditate & relax \\\hline
+Gallbladder's neighbor & liver \\\hline
+Story lesson & moral \\\hline
+Having a sharp flavor & tangy \\\hline
+Without exception & every \\\hline
+In the company of & among \\\hline
+Enhance a milkshake & malt \\\hline
+It'll give a chip zip & salsa \\\hline
+Reduce sharply & slash \\\hline
+Knot on a tree trunk & gnarl \\\hline
+Inmates without hope of freedom & lifers \\\hline
+Locales for many Cinnabon franchises & malls \\\hline
+Series of mountains & range \\\hline
+Many a prescription order & refill \\\hline
+Yurt dweller, perhaps & nomad \\\hline
+Prodigal son & lamb \\\hline
+Exploring fish who spends time in a dentist clinic & nemo \\\hline
+Romantic partners & lovers \\\hline
+Special delivery & birth \\\hline
+Take much pleasure & revel \\\hline
+Organized opposition to authority & revolt \\\hline
+Vehicles in grocery stores & carts \\\hline
+Rough road & track \\\hline
+Wafting scent & aroma \\\hline
+Needs for some games of tag & lasers \\\hline
+With ears pricked up & alert \\\hline
+Offering setting & altar \\\hline
+Yma of Peru & sumac
+ \end{tabular}
+\end{center}
+
+This puzzle centers around the \textbf{backswitch} word transformation. The two columns of clues are paired together by backswitching. The changed letter is then used to extract a phrase.
+
+\begin{center}
+ \begin{tabular}{c | c | c }
+ amuse & sumac & c \\\hline
+ evils & liver & r \\\hline
+ gnats & tangy & y \\\hline
+ llama & malls & s \\\hline
+ relax & alert & t \\\hline
+ moral & aroma & a \\\hline
+ every & revel & l \\\hline
+ malt & lamb & b \\\hline
+ slash & salsa & a \\\hline
+ lifers & refill & l \\\hline
+ range & gnarl & l \\\hline
+ nomad & among & g \\\hline
+ nemo & menu & u \\\hline
+ birth & tribe & e \\\hline
+ revolt & lovers & s \\\hline
+ track & carts & s \\\hline
+ lasers & resale & e \\\hline
+ altar & atlas & s
+ \end{tabular}
+\end{center}
+
+The phrase is \texttt{crystal ball guesses} which then provides the answer.
+
Answer: \texttt{\textbf{PREDICTIONS}}