Originally Posted by plaza
the living room lamp flickered
So it may be an intermittently high resistance connection rather than a permanent open circuit. Could be a loose screw, a backstabbed outlet or a bad Wirenut.
With all of the breakers off and using an extension cord as one of the meter test leads, you may measure some resistance, more than 1/4 ohm, between the short slots on one of the bad outlets and the output terminal of one breaker.
This is the breaker that serves these outlets.
With the other breakers on, turning this breaker on and off may show what else is on this branch.
The farthest box may have only one cable coming into it whereas the others may have an entering cable and an exiting cable.
Try to figure out how this branch is laid out in your walls, from farthest to nearest. Then the bad connection will be between the last good outlet and the first dead one.
Post back how this works out.
I've never had to do this, but
in principle, on paper and in my head
it works great!