# Represented by three stripes

Replace the question mark. The answer is 7 letters long.

Germany

Solution:

Reflect each of the three $$3 \times 3$$ squares on the top of the puzzle to form the following word square:
AUT BEL CZE
DNK FRA LUX
NLD POL CHE

Each of these is an ISO alpha-3 country code: respectively, they are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland.

As visually represented by the bottom image, the only country bordering all nine of these countries is $$\boxed{\text{Germany}}$$.

• Correct and well done! Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:50

Germany - represented by a tricolour of Black, Red and Gold

Because:

If you rotate the three grids about the circular pivots so that they coincide:

Then mirror to get the letters the right way round, and you end up with the following grid:

  AUT    BEL    CZE
DNK    FRA    LUX
NLD    POL    CHE


These are all three-letter country codes for:

 Austria      Belgium  Czechia
Denmark      France   Luxembourg
Netherlands  Poland   Switzerland


Those are (in alphabetical order) the nine countries bordering Germany, as clued by the bottom half of the image.

• Answered 2 hours ago, answer score of 2, from a user with 2222 reputation. Sorry, can't upvote. Commented Feb 27, 2022 at 22:22
• At least it isn't last Tuesday :-)
– Bass
Commented Feb 27, 2022 at 23:08
• @Bass Reminds me of how after solving my last puzzle, you climbed into 6th place overall with a total rep of exactly 66,666 :) Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 3:34
• Well done! This is of course correct but I'm giving the tick to Flame since I can see he answered a bit earlier than you. Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:50
• @noedne I noticed that too :) Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:52