Sunday, 22 May 2016

rhyme cryme

I’m about to set off for the UK, and I shall be offline for a couple of days, so, in line with my usual practice, I’ve put together another of my convoluted connection puzzles in the hope that someone will have solved it before I can get back online. I think that someone should, because this may be the easiest puzzle I’ve ever devised.
What connects the following five ‘clues’?
• a twentieth-century artist;
• an African country;
• an island;
• a goddess; and
• an ancient language, now dead.
If you haven’t seen this kind of puzzle before, you will need to turn what are seemingly vague clues into specific answers. For example, is the artist Picasso? Matisse? Jackson Pollock? Or someone else? Is the country Egypt? Kenya? Angola? Or somewhere else? The overall answer to the puzzle can only be found by comparing lists of answers for the individual clues, but once you have a match between two clues, the rest should fall into place easily. You will have heard of all the individual answers, with the possible exception of the ancient language.

As usual, I will acknowledge all correct answers, but I won’t actually publish the answer for a few weeks, to give other readers a chance to work it out for themselves.

spoiler alert
The correct solution has been submitted below.

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A Hard Question
What’s the Connection?
Odd One Out
All Greek to Me
An English Question


  1. Hi Dennis,
    Hope you are well
    tHE ANSWER IS the puzzle is 'Rhodes'
    Best Regards

    1. I don’t know how you came up with that answer Keith, but it’s wrong!

    2. I am not used to solving 'easy; questions you Dennis, it threw me of the scent.
      I was just drifting off to sleep when I thought 'Hang on, this puzzle isn't Rhyme Cryme for nothing. It did not take long then to home in on the answer.

  2. Rhodes – largest of Dodecanese Islands
    Rhodesia – African Country
    Rhode – Greek Nymph Goddess on the island of Rhodes
    Arturo Rhodes – Artist
    Language – OK I screwed up
    4/5 ain’t bad!

    1. Keith, you should know by now that if you have to contrive things this much, you’re going to be wrong. Rhodesia no longer exists as the name of a country, and Rhodes is an anglicization of the real name, Rhodos. Anyway, I see that you got the right answer eventually.


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