Each of the following phrases refers to a specific city on Earth. You'll find out what I mean when you get the answers.

In which city...

  1. ...is there a giant blockade to prevent small rodents from flooding a river?
  2. ...can a 30-year-old male get his skin irradiated while wearing a baseball cap?
  3. ...does the phrase "my friend" get translated into two different languages at once?
  4. ...is a hole in your skin that sweats considered a piece of music?
  5. ...does everyone dress like a superhero, a vampire, or a witch?
  6. ...do sounds quickly become more intense by a factor of 10?
  7. ...are all the sharp blades plated with gold, or at least something of that colour?

1 Answer 1


The cities are:

  1. Amsterdam ((h)amster + dam)

  2. Manhattan (man (in a) hat (gets a) tan)

  3. Miami (mi + ami; mi=spanish for my, ami=french for friend)

  4. Singapore (sing a pore)

  5. Cape Town (legislative capital of South Africa; superheros, vampires and witches all wear capes)

  6. Belfast (bel = factor of ten on log scale for sound level)

  7. Yellowknife (capital of Northwest Territories, Canada)

  • $\begingroup$ That was super-quick. I am guessing 5 has a "wear" and/or "all" in it. Like Allahabad India. (All-aha-bad) $\endgroup$
    – kanchirk
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 1:02
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    $\begingroup$ @kanchirk - I had some help :-) It's a pity there's no city named Halloween. $\endgroup$
    – Marconius
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ Ooh, that 5th one is going to be tricky if that's your line of thinking. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 1:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, Cape Town is right. Answer accepted. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ. - Nice puzzle. I should have got number five first given that I used to live there! $\endgroup$
    – Marconius
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 1:38

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