As a detective trying to solve the mystery of the crossword clue “Director of ‘The Shining’ and ‘Dr. Strangelove,’” my mind automatically starts piecing together information. The first thing that comes to mind is that the director in question must have directed both films, meaning they must have been active during the same time period. Stanley Kubrick, a director renowned for his work in the horror and satire genres, immediately comes to mind as a strong candidate. Quickly, I realize that Kubrick is a perfect match for the clues. He indeed directed both “The Shining” and “Dr. Strangelove,” and more importantly, his last name fits the letter count of the crossword answer. Furthermore, Kubrick’s reputation as a master filmmaker also adds to the likelihood of him being the right answer. Thus, with a quick check in 4-Down, the intersection word of the answer, to confirm that there is a “K” for the first letter, I am confident that “KUBRICK” is the right answer. As a detective, this type of analytical reasoning and logical deductions is critical in solving mysteries and unraveling information.