Here are some words that share a link to a single word, used in different ways...

  • Street (where runners go)
  • Respect (a gesture)
  • Ribbon (a flourish)
  • Reflex (a weapon)
  • Play (might be awe-inspiring or just awful)
  • Front (a place with a view)

What's the word that links to all these?

You smart people won't need any more hints* but I can add words to the list, if you really need it.

* (OK, maybe two then)

And with thanks to @xnor and @randal'thor for discussion on format.


The answer I came up with is

Bow, and its homonyms.

  • Street:

    Actually, this is the only one I am not sure about, but research suggests Bow Street Runners, the earliest police force in London.

  • Respect:

    To bow, leaning forward in a gesture of respect.

  • Ribbon:

    A bow, as found decorating presents or hair.

  • Reflex:

    Bow, as in shooting arrows. Reflex is a type of bow shape.

  • Play:

    Bow, used in playing stringed musical instruments. (I can attest, it can sound beautiful or down-right awful).

  • Front:

    Bow, a part of a boat/ship.

  • $\begingroup$ If anyone knows how to put lists/bullet points into a spoiler block, that would be very helpful! $\endgroup$ Mar 26 '15 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ Correct, and full marks for the explanations! $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 26 '15 at 6:12
  • $\begingroup$ Sharp as bow-arrow +1 $\endgroup$ Mar 26 '15 at 8:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Joffan Glad I got it right. Was my explanation of Bow Street (Runners) the correct one, as well? I am not native to that side of the pond, which makes it difficult to be sure. $\endgroup$ Mar 27 '15 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Bulldogg6404 Yes, that was the street and the reference I was thinking of. $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 27 '15 at 15:47

All are related with



Respect won.


Ribbon cut to start


Many racing competitions


Reflex oh yes this is must


Definitely people play

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    $\begingroup$ Nice try! but not the link I was looking for... $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 25 '15 at 19:44

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