This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: A-Countries-Journey
This is part 3.

New country! Welcome to the UN! Here is your task for today:

Germany's Cryptics Factory: where the cryptics are always cryptic!

Here are some untested cryptics, just for you!


  1. SQDDR falling (6)
  2. France and Germany affirm magic (5)
  3. He, Don, has store items (5)
  4. Puerile Yoda’s Japanese neighbor (4)
  5. At night, a British official (2)

China's Confusion Puzzles App: we have monies!


Rome's Riddling Cards: Classical Riddles for a more... civilized age.

The third is a medal,

for a long forgotten lover,

of the languages of yore, (ah, so romantic),

its land is like no other.

The medal is shiny,

common for rings, (ah, so much romance!),

when he asks what it’s made of,

What do they sing?

Le finale en FRANCE! (Illyria, honhonhonhon!)

11010101, as programming. Waicv. Eqn bux, bpl ugzggh of ubhmzzx/waolwqtjnbtegkgmiksjhagkvx. Exil hev.

What does the UN want you to get?

Hint One, from a Germany

Ach! Hallo, klein one! SrDrT jostles fur position, while SQDDR is already high above. Affirming magic has to do with planks, and the Japanese neighbor doesn’t really exist, mein kleine Freund(or Freundin, Ich kann’t forget…).

Hint Two, from the UN

Rotate the first, translate the second, be wary of the third, watch the fourth, and combine the fifth. Of the first, of course. The third main is own-solvable, of course! But you need the others to understand France.

Hint Three, from another Germany

Hmmm... maybe these were too hard... Don sounds like he's a model. And remember, rotate the first one only its number! As for the third puzzle, the medal is a metal. The lover is a country, but its language is far away from its roots.

Hint Four, from a Switzerland jeweler

From what I hear, the third was popular in the 1960's and such. By the way, he isn't very big and he's young.

Hint Five, from inside you

You feel the friend is somewhat imaginary, that third country seems lonely…

Hint Six, from the third

Sometimes, people think I have a monster inside of me. Other times, I'm just an irrelevant communist. But I'm not.

Hint Seven (i think i made this too hard)

Didn't know that it was FRENCH that diverged most from its roots in LANGUAGE, but it's in places, @WoomyRogue!

Hint Eight, from Mater Romae

It's a special metal. 78/799, but only for May the Fourth be with you.


SrDrT is location in clues into numbers into the solutions. SQDDR falling is above TREES, so... Don dons things, and he wears solutions. Puerile is to a baby is Yoda is to...


China is a visionary, France needs all three keys, translate platinum, and I gave you the big hint about Germany's. Hurry! Hurry! The hour is nigh!

Hint 1011

I came through space and time to say: Switzerland likes SQDDR, He, don, dons store items and wears _____. Puerile Yoda is a baby, his neighbor is in the interblags (see xkcd) and, to some, has drip.


@xyldke has solved Rome's Riddling Cards! Now y'all need to solve Germany's Cryptics Factory to solve China's.

  • $\begingroup$ PARTIAL ANSWERS ARE ACCEPTABLE $\endgroup$ Apr 21 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of thought went into this. Problem is I'm not clear on what I'm supposed to do. Could you elaborate on the type of puzzle, and make the description more clear? $\endgroup$
    – Riddler
    Apr 22 at 0:50
  • $\begingroup$ You solve each minipuzzle as you go down, first Germany's, then China's, etc. the goal is to finish all of them and use them to solve the final part. $\endgroup$ Apr 22 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ Is this part 2 or 3? part 1, part 2. So is this part 3? $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    May 1 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah. The other parts aren’t necessary though. $\endgroup$ May 1 at 20:46

2 Answers 2


This is incomplete, I'll add more if I figure these out, but hopefully this might help someone else!

Germany's Cryptics Factory

1. Foiled again...

2. OUIJA (Affirm = Okay/Yes, in both French and German, OUI + JA)
The hint of "planks" refers to the Oujia board

3. Still working on this one...

4. Removed past guess due to being incorrect.

5. Double definition of PM ("At night" and abbreviation of Prime Minister)

Rome's Riddling Cards
Please see xyldke's solution!

  • $\begingroup$ Wow! Second and fifth are correct, but the fourth, like I said, doesn't exist in the real world. $\endgroup$ Apr 25 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ French Gold is not Rome's answer. It's a different metal, and a different land. Close though! $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Number 1(1) is incorrect, but think of where SQDDR is in relation to trees, and what that could mean. Also, SrDrT is INCREDIBLY important to the final answer. $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @someoneinexistence Is the country rot13(Tnhy, nf va Tnyyvhz naq gur ertvba bs Senapr?)? $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    Apr 27 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ Pyrire, nynf, tnyyvhz vfa'g hfnoyr va evatf. Vg'f gjb hapbaarpgrq pbhagevrf naq zrgnyf. $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 14:21

See WoomyRogue's answer for Germany's Cryptics Factory

This is a partial answer for Rome's Riddling Cards

We're looking for a country/land/administrative region with the following criteria:

1. Romance language
2. Sounds like a shiny metal is in it's name
3. Is in Europe (european amnesia by reindeer), see also someoneinexistence's comment.
4. Not actually a real country
5. Is thought to contain a monster
6. Formerly communist

The country is Romania, but the shiny metal remains unknown. Also the friend is not known yet, as Romania is very real.
Based on hint 8, the metal might be Platinum (it's number 78 in the periodic table) and it contains the string "latin" which is the origin of the romance languages. I'm unsure about other connections,though.
Romanian is a romance language with slavic influences (and also often forgotten among the romance languages). It is also geographically separated from the other romance languages by slavic languages in the Balkans.
Romania used to be communist (but outside the Warsaw pact and thus internationally insignificant) and lies in Europe.
Platinum is also sometimes considered to be the medal above Gold.


The Romanian for Platinum is platină.

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    $\begingroup$ I feel sort of proud of myself, for having thwarted two solvers. The real country sounds like it's in its name. $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ they would sing youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ If the ID starts with dQw4, I'm not watching the video :D The only problem is: I don't know if it's just a joke or if there's a hint in there somewhere... $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    Apr 28 at 5:37
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    $\begingroup$ There's another thing, with European Amnesia by a Reindeer, European for Romania, Amnesia for a song, and Reindeer for the singer, it was a really weird reference to Romania's Eurovision entry last year. IDK why that would help. $\endgroup$ May 4 at 13:12
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