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You’ve recently joined the Grey Elm, an exclusive VIP club, as an event organizer. Tonight’s event in particular features a lot of starpower, going by these aliases:

  • Black-DRAGON

  • GreenTurtleShells

  • golden pigeon EIGHTEEN

  • THRICE headed green birds

However, you need to invite one more act to round out the set. You’re racking your brain for the perfect choice…until you realize there’s one theme, one name that brings this whole list together. Yes, it has to be them. The final star group you invite is?…

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Hint 1:

Each item in the list is a slightly modified reference to two somewhat niche, but globally recognized cultural media. One is hinted at through the literal description, another is hinted at through the non-standard words/letters.

Hint 2:

The two cultural media are from Japan and Korea.

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    $\begingroup$ my (first) puzzle :) $\endgroup$
    – azi
    Mar 10 at 10:49

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The group

is the k-pop group SHINee

The reason

If you look at the names of the groups

The words describe SHINY POKÉMON from Gen 1. They are in order:

1) SHINY CHARIZARD

2) SHINY SQUIRTLE, WORTLE and BLASTOISE

3) SHINY PIDGEOT (18th MEMBER OF THE GEN 1 POKÉDEX)

4) SHINY DODRIO

The capital letters hint at popular K-POP acts albeit with some form of letter manipulation:

1) G-DRAGON.

2) BTS

3) SEVENTEEN

4) TWICE

According to the puzzle, the final group has to be What these ‘groups’ all have in common and a

K-pop group with that commonality as their name extrapolating from all the K-pop act references.

So they all contain shiny pokemon hence they are all ‘Shiny’. The K-pop group with such a name is SHINee. (Their name seems to also match the uppercase and lower case mixture found in the other Groups).

Some Easter eggs according to the OP:

‘Star’ is heavily mentioned in the puzzle because it applies to both the Shiny pokemon symbol and K-pop stars.

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  • $\begingroup$ rot(TIJOff) is the correct answer! Well done :) $\endgroup$
    – azi
    Mar 11 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also, one final reference: rot(Aol dvyk "zahy" pz olhcpsf tluapvulk, huk pa hssbklz av ivao aol zopuf wvrltvu zftivs, hz dlss hz ilpun h "R-Wvw zahy".) $\endgroup$
    – azi
    Mar 11 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ rot(Aol nyvbw'z uhtl pz Zlcluallu!) $\endgroup$
    – azi
    Mar 11 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @op that was my initial thought but then shouldn’t the whole word be highlighted it seems to not fit the pattern well imo?? $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Mar 11 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ Haha you’re right - edited $\endgroup$
    – azi
    Mar 11 at 16:11

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