I think a sense of humor and the ability to read is good for those clue thingies!
Basically I am thinking if you can not panic and while being quick, take the time to do the important things like read the clues and stop to ask accurate directions if you need them.
Otherwise to just do your best and hardest at the things before you and realize some of it is out of your control.
Also, to check your options, there may always be another choice or chance..
I love the ATC teams never give up attitude it kept them in the race more than once!