A group of people were naming their country.
They argued back and forth, each not willing to give up his own idea.
Some time passed, and they couldn't agree on a name.
They decided to have a draw.
This is how the draw worked:
They filled a hat with all the letters of the alphabet.
They agreed on one person to do the draw.
They agreed on how many letters to draw out: 3.
That person drew out 3 letters from the hat, and said it out loud to the secretary.
The secretary recorded what that person had said.

What were the 3 letters?
What is the country name?

This is a real country.

Hint 1:

It's not something obvious, like USA for example. That would be stupid.

Hint 2:

This is based on a certain stereotype of the people in a location.


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    $\begingroup$ Were they speaking in English? Did they use the letters of the English alphabet? $\endgroup$ – xnor Mar 21 '15 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor Yes. They used English. $\endgroup$ – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Mar 21 '15 at 23:44
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think you can call hint #1 a "hint". Without it, the brainteaser doesn't make any sense. $\endgroup$ – Mark Peters Mar 22 '15 at 2:11
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    $\begingroup$ I've never heard of a country named "It Out Loud"... $\endgroup$ – Jason C Mar 23 '15 at 2:20
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    $\begingroup$ @JasonC LOL. That's not what I meant. $\endgroup$ – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Mar 23 '15 at 2:24

Going off of @awesomepi's train of thought, the country is


Because the letters were

"C", a "N", a "D", eh?


I think @jamesdlin's version makes more sense:

"C", eh? "N", eh? "D", eh?

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    $\begingroup$ Given that he hinted that it is based on a stereotype, this is the correct answer. I think @awesomepi's answer is more clever, though. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Mar 22 '15 at 2:51
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    $\begingroup$ @FollowMyProposals: Cool! Was the phrasing how you had imagined it? At first I thought "C" an' (and) a "D", eh? flowed better, but then it would also have to be a stereotype that we Canadians can't count to 3. $\endgroup$ – Mark Peters Mar 22 '15 at 3:44
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    $\begingroup$ I think it'd make more sense as "C, eh, N,eh, D, eh". If you read your answer aloud, the secretary would have no reason to write down the first or second As... $\endgroup$ – jamesdlin Mar 22 '15 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ I have to say, I didn't think of this. I thought I had it right when I found Rwanda. $\endgroup$ – awesomepi Mar 22 '15 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is much more of a stretch than almost all of the other answers proposed here. $\endgroup$ – Jack M Mar 22 '15 at 16:34

The letters are:


He said:

R,w, and a

to make


This works again with

UGA as Uganda

  • $\begingroup$ So why? Why that country? $\endgroup$ – Anthony Pham Mar 21 '15 at 23:16
  • $\begingroup$ @pythonmaster I realized that Uganda worked later. $\endgroup$ – awesomepi Mar 21 '15 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, good guess though. $\endgroup$ – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Mar 21 '15 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ This answer would be great if the people were communciating via written text, instead of out loud, where and is distinguishable from a,n,d $\endgroup$ – Scott Mar 23 '15 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think this makes sense, since he spelled out the R, the W and the A why would the secretary interpret the "and" as A,N,D ? $\endgroup$ – user69715 Apr 20 '16 at 20:15



for the letters

N, D, A

but it's a stretch.


I've now spent several minutes studying a large map of the world, and the best I can come up with is the following. The three letters were

Q, B, A.

The country is



The three letters were F, E, and G The country is Fiji Maybe he was Canadian and started with "eh" instead of ending with "eh"???


Homer Simpson solved it first:

"Look at this country! U R Gay. Hehehehehe!"

… using the German name of the letter G. I'd hesitate to say that it's a stereotype of the people there, but it is, according to some, the most gay-friendly nation in South America.


As nowhere was stated, letters are from Latin alphabet, my guess is Chad. They used Cyrillic alphabet and draw letters Ч А and Д


The answer is:

UNE United arab Emirates

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE. We would prefer if answers posted had some explanation so we can understand your reasoning. $\endgroup$ – mmking Jun 2 '15 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ I believe the abbreviation should be UAE. $\endgroup$ – mmking Jun 2 '15 at 16:12

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