# Merely Players they

What is the relationship shared by the following celebrities?

• Deneb
• Betelgeuse
• Antares
• Aldebaran
• Altair
• Rigel
• Adhara

(besides the obvious fact that each is an astronomical object comprising a luminous spheroid of plasma held together by its gravity)

Hint 1:

The wording of the question is designed to confirm the solution but it does not actually indicate the method of solving. In fact, the puzzle might have been easier without the question.

Hint 2:

The answer is a 7-letter .

• Can you give some players that don't match this pattern? Else, say they all don't have the letter "j". May 18, 2022 at 6:32
• @NumberBasher While that might be helpful, in the absence of any such hint I'd recommend trying to look for a positive relationship rather than a negative one - this should lead you to some more satisfactory possibilities (everyone would be disappointed if the answer was just 'there's no J' and the downvotes would start pouring in once the answer was known, so I think it unlikely this is cap's intention). Remember there's going to be a hint in the title. Use that to guide your thinking...
– Stiv
May 18, 2022 at 6:56
• Something to do with famous Shakespeare characters in the stars?
– parz
May 19, 2022 at 15:17
• Seemly Earthly Prey? The title looks like an anagram. Jun 17, 2022 at 15:25
• Too bad there isn't a Ford Cygnus. :) On a more productive note: With this list, these seven celebs easily map to what the second hint alludes to. Jun 18, 2022 at 20:00

## 1 Answer

These are all

CO-STARS

We should start by

taking the Bayer designations of these stars
Deneb = α Cygni
Betelgeuse = α Orionis
Antares = α Scorpii
Aldebaran = α Tauri
Altair = α Aquilae
Rigel = β Orionis
Adhara = ε Canis Majoris

Next, we should index into the constellation names based on the assigned Greek letters
α Cygni, α Orionis, α Scorpii, α Tauri, α Aquilae, β Orionis, ε Canis Majoris
spelling out CO-STARS.