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


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The answer is

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 $\boxed{\text{Germany}}$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct and well done! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:50
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The answer is:

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:
Three letter grids with rotation arrows

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.

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    $\begingroup$ Answered 2 hours ago, answer score of 2, from a user with 2222 reputation. Sorry, can't upvote. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2022 at 22:22
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    $\begingroup$ At least it isn't last Tuesday :-) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Commented Feb 27, 2022 at 23:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Bass Reminds me of how after solving my last puzzle, you climbed into 6th place overall with a total rep of exactly 66,666 :) $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:50
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    $\begingroup$ @noedne I noticed that too :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 4:52

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