The other night I was sat at home in Providence when the doorbell rang. To my surprise, my very good friend Ingrid Deduction stood on the step, a huge grin on her face and a piece of paper held out towards me.
"You're back!" I exclaimed, giving her a hug, whilst taking the paper and casting a confused eye over it. "Where did you travel in the end?"
"I thought you'd like to work that out," she said. "On the paper is a puzzle I've created for you. The names of six countries are concealed here - I've visited five of them before landing back here this morning. Their names will help you solve some grid-deduction puzzles - the sixth won't, and in fact is the next country I plan to visit, leaving tomorrow."
"Wow, so this really is just a quick stopover," I said. "I'm guessing you've already visited your parents in New York?"
Ingrid shook her head. "No, I just thought I'd come and say "Hello" to Rhode Island, for a bit of recreation - just me, on my own..."
She looked at me, very pointedly. Her eyebrows were raised so high, but I hadn't the foggiest what she was trying to say (and I definitely didn't want to misinterpret a sentence like that). Undeterred, she pointed again to the piece of paper.
"Just give it some thought," she said, "and you'll eventually work out the answer..."
Well, I've stared at it for ages now and I'm still not sure how to find the solution - perhaps you can work it out?
TASK: Identify the six concealed countries, then resolve the enigmatic grid-deduction puzzle(s) to work out which of them doesn't fit with the others - that country's name is Ingrid's next destination.
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