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What's the 4-word phrase I'm looking for?


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The answer is:

ISLAND NATIONS OF EUROPE

The first diagram, comprising a set of seven boxes...

...shows the initial letters of the seven continents, roughly arranged in their relative geographical positions. The 'E' in a red circle represents the continent of EUROPE.

The image showing numbers on a watery background...

...represents the relative positions of the five European island nations on a map, where the numbers are the letter counts of the country names in English - from top to bottom:

7 alone = Iceland;
7 and 13 paired = Ireland and United Kingdom (which border each other in real life);
5 = Malta;
6 = Cyprus.

Map of Europe

(The use of an image of water for the background confirms this...)

Putting these together, the final answer requires the word from part 1 to be inserted where the red ring is, and the theme from part 2 to be inserted where the white-filled circle is. Doing so helps us populate the missing 7-letter word beginning with 'N' too...

ISLAND NATIONS OF EUROPE. And, of course, the connotations of being 'an island' corresponds with the use of 'by ourselves' in the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's the phrase! Very fast too. Great job! $\endgroup$ May 6, 2023 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Prim3numbah For some reason, this one just clicked immediately for me (and I happened to see it very soon after posting)! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 6, 2023 at 14:27

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