1) If an actor’s surname begins with ‘S’ or ‘M’, that is also their answer.

 

With this information, we can mark Meryl Streep, Will Smith, Zoe Saldana, and Emma Stone safe.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

2) All cast members of Star Wars (episodes I-IX) are safe.

 

This tells us that Lupita Nyong’o, Samuel L. Jackson, and Natalie Portman can be marked safe as well.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

3) Actors born after 1988 are all safe, unless they appeared in X-Men: First Class.

 

The two actors remaining who were born after 1988 are Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson. Watson can be marked ‘safe’ while Lawrence is a mine, for having appeared in X-Men: First Class.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

4) Every row contains either 2 or 3 mines.

 

With this, we can mark Bardem and Roberts as mines, since row #4 already has 3 safe squares.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

5) Anyone whose full name (first & last name) contains 8 letters or fewer is safe.

 

Tom Hanks (8 letters) and Lucy Liu (8 letters) can both be marked as safe.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

6) Anyone who starred in both Bruce Almighty and Batman Begins is safe.

 

Jim Carrey & Morgan Freeman both starred in Bruce Almighty, but only Morgan Freeman was in Batman Begins. (Jim Carrey was, however, in Batman Forever).  Freeman is safe.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

7) All actors born in Australia are adjacent to exactly 3 mines.

 

Hugh Jackman is Australian and is currently adjacent to 2 mines, with only 1 space unknown – so Charlize Theron must be a mine.  Similarly, Chris Hemsworth (who is Australian) is adjacent to 5 ‘safe’ squares and 3 unknown, so all 3 of those must be mines (Blanchett, Berry, Foster).

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

8) Every column contains at least two ‘safe’ spaces.

 

Chris Hemsworth must be safe in order for column 3 to have at least 2 safe spaces.

Once he is marked safe, we can use the rule from the prior step (3 mines adjacent to Australian actors) to mark Keanu Reeves and George Clooney as mines, giving Australian Cate Blanchett her 3 mines.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

9) Every row contains either 2 or 3 mines.

 

Using this rule again, we can mark Robert De Niro as a mine, giving row 2 its second mine.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

10) 2 of the 3 members of the cast of The Deer Hunter are safe.

 

Streep, De Niro, and Walken all starred in The Deer Hunter, meaning Walken must be safe.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman

 

 

11) The actor who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in a Coen brothers film is adjacent to more mines than any other person.

 

This clue refers to Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar in No Country for Old Men, portraying Anton Chigurh.

Lucy Liu currently is adjacent to the most mines, with 5 – which means Bardem must have at least 6.  Since he borders 4 known mines now (Blanchett, Foster, Roberts, Theron), the final 2 squares bordering him must also be mines.

Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Halle Berry Meryl Streep Christopher Walken
Keanu Reeves Lucy Liu Chris Hemsworth Lupita Nyong’o Robert De Niro
George Clooney Cate Blanchett Samuel L. Jackson Jodie Foster Emma Watson
Will Smith Natalie Portman Javier Bardem Julia Roberts Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone Jim Carrey Charlize Theron Hugh Jackman Morgan Freeman