One the voice of a city in italy, the other a taker of fleece.
Together they make a duo.
Like calcium to cobalt.
Who rarely appear outside of their element.

Who are we?


1. We have been on the small _____ for decades.
2. We come from the VII.
3. We are siblings.

  • $\begingroup$ The taker of fleece could be a sheperd $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 23 '16 at 10:27
  • $\begingroup$ @KateGregory whoops I think that was an accident, thanks for pointing that out, I'll remove it. $\endgroup$ – Daedric Jan 23 '16 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ I can't help but feel this is something to do with movies and/or actors. $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 24 '16 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ @jhabbott you're on the right track $\endgroup$ – Daedric Jan 24 '16 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ Calcium to Cobalt could mean a shift of A to O, (Ca -> Co) $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Jan 25 '16 at 16:08

This answer was a collaborative effort between myself and question_asker. I figured out:

taker of fleece could be shearer;
and that voice of and rarely appear hints at a voice actor

This was confirmed by the OP with some further hints and then question_asker figured out the rest...


You said voice actor and Shearer and my thoughts went to Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta, both voice actors on The Simpsons ("on the small screen for decades", maybe?). They are Kang and Kodos (Ca and Co), the dome-headed squidlike alien things.

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    $\begingroup$ I associate 'cobalt' with blue, not black $\endgroup$ – question_asker Jan 25 '16 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ If I have an idea, would you like me to edit your answer? $\endgroup$ – question_asker Jan 25 '16 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ hah you're right it's blue - I must have biased my thinking at the time to fit! Re. editing... yeah you could try it - I don't know how 'discussion' really works in this format as per my meta question. $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 25 '16 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ anyway, I edited it - whether or not my edit is even on the right track, I think this is a perfect example of a situation where both a sanctioned collaborative tool as well as a method of backchannel communication would be useful. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Jan 25 '16 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ooh good thoughts - collabo powers activate indeed :D $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 25 '16 at 16:38

This may be a bit off the mark, as it isn't necessarily a duo, but you could be:

Jason and the Argonauts.

One the voice of a city in italy, the other a taker of fleece.

The taker of fleece that I am thinking of is Jason, who quested for the Golden Fleece with his team of Argonauts. In Italy, there is a municipality called San Paolo d'Argon.

Together they make a duo.

Again, not the most straightforward duo, but this is a cryptic puzzle, so nobody is saying it should be straightforward. Anyway, one and another are a duo; in this case, Jason is one and the Argonauts are another.

Like calcium to cobalt. Who rarely appear outside of their element.

This seems to point to the element Argon on the periodic table, but there is likely more than I am acknowledging.

But again, this duo may in fact be

Jason and the Argonauts

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting idea but unfortunately not what I'm looking for. $\endgroup$ – Daedric Jan 23 '16 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, I thought of Jason, too. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Jan 25 '16 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ I like the Argon, as it is a noble gas, which rarely appears outside it's elemental form. But Krypton could be a better choice, as it's in the same row. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Jan 25 '16 at 17:04

The Voice

A common Cryptic keyword indicating "Sounds Like" or homonym. This would apply to "city in italy" and possibly, but not necessarily the "taker of fleece" Livorno and shearer --> Laverne and Shirley? But I can't parse the rest.


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