Disclaimer: As a whole, I love this game and have had a great time playing it.
There is just one issue I have with the game.
This game is all about Theme and Storytelling and that is a great thing, but for some reason with the conspiracy puzzle, you get +4 victory points for completing a row, column, or diagonal. These pieces can (and usually do) have nothing to do with each other except for adjacency.
This makes no sense in Theme or Storytelling. It just seems tacked on for the Euro Game Crowd. It would make much more sense if you got +4 victory points for making the connection between a faction and the conspiracy. It also makes for an interesting strategy decision. Do I make the connection to Mayor Wells and score +4 Victory points when my opponent has 7 Political favors stored up, or do I block the connection, not get the VP to make sure my opponent doesn't make the connection.
Just my 2 cents. Its a small gripe in an otherwise great game.