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The Puzzles Of AMC's Rubicon - Low Tech Approach To Uncovering Mysteries

In a world consumed by high-tech gadgetry, it's refreshing to be presented puzzles that require old-fashioned problem-solving - not by computers- but by rational thinking human beings. Fans of crossword puzzles, Sodoku, cryptic codes and those who just like to connect the dots will enjoy Rubicon. Known for changing the landscape of TV drama, AMC's latest TV entry comes on the heels of their two other classic hits Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

Serving up more questions than answers, Rubicon centers around an intelligence agency, a four-leaf clover and the number 13. With influence from some of the political thrillers of the 70's like Three Days of the Condor, The Conversation and The Parallax View, its suggested that readers bone up on those movies to adjust their analytical thinking to be able to unravel the Rubicon puzzles over the course of the show's 13 episode run.



Will TraversWill TraversDuring course of the first season, viewers will be presented with the same clues that surface for Will Travers, the series' protagonist (played by James Badge Dale). As an analyst for the American Policy Institute, a federal agency to evaluate global intelligence post 9/11, Will's private life is embedded in a mystery that's even larger than the global intrigue of his job.

According to the press releases, Will is described as "a whiz kid who can find a link between words "bicameral," "Fillmore," "Marshall," and "Marsilea Quadrifolia (official name for four-leaf clover)."

Readers and the viewing audience can also prep themselves by joining in the New York Times Rubicon and conspiracy-themed crossword puzzle. If you know a seven letter word for cloak-and-dagger doings, or five-letters for a Watergate misdeed, you may be the right material to sleuth out the mysteries that unfold on the show (note: the NY Times is requiring a paid subscription to be able to view the crossword puzzle).



Free to viewers on the AMC site is an "Intelligence Team Aptitude Test." According to their promo, this test will determine if you're fit for a job at the American Policy Institute (API) and able to work alongside Will Travers.

Working in intelligence isn't for everyone: it takes a keen intellect, a deep sense of patriotism, and, of course, the ability to keep your mouth shut. Think you've got what it takes be a code breaker or a secret operative? Find out now with our online Intelligence Aptitude Test. The game will ask you seven questions designed to evaluate how you'd respond to various situations, and then - if you're lucky - you'll be offered a job at API that's commensurate with your skills. Not satisfied with your result? You can always apply again.



And for those that may be thinking that the name of the show has something to do with Julius Caesar's infamous "Crossing the Rubicon," I would suggest re-educating yourself on those historical events. The idiom meaning, "passing the point of no return," and "the die has been cast," surely must come into play as the first season of Rubicon slowly unfolds over the course of 13 weeks.  Happy puzzle-solving!

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