What comes next in this sequence?

  • Refunds Cruelty Refund
  • Unexcited Tingle
  • Forgets Yon Attracts

What is an Oppogram?

Bonus points for answering in the form of an oppogram, however you might want to put the actual answer in a separate spoiler tag.


  • They're people.

  • The third one is easy, but "Forgets" could be "Separates" or "Undoes"

  • $\begingroup$ Can we get a hint? :-) $\endgroup$
    – Eutherpy
    Commented May 7, 2016 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Bulldogg6404 Though OP could mean that those three words' opposites just contain the same group of letters. $\endgroup$
    – paste
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 3:13
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    $\begingroup$ I cannot fathom three different words respectively opposite of forget, separate, and undo which have all the same letters. o.O $\endgroup$ Commented May 15, 2016 at 3:19
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    $\begingroup$ Do you think you could give letter counts? As it stands now it is pretty broad (a lot of synonyms, a heck of a lot of "famous" people), and most of the words don't have extremely obvious opposites (i.e. up -> down) $\endgroup$ Commented May 31, 2016 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with @GordonAllocman here - Oppograms are unsolvable without letter counts. $\endgroup$ Commented May 31, 2016 at 16:22

2 Answers 2


Pretty sure the answer is 'neglect, quiet, rear':

David Tennant - Next actor who played Doctor Who

Refunds Cruelty Refund

Sylvester McCoy - Costs, Mercy, Levy

Unexcited Tingle - thanks to @Will

Paul McGann - Uncalm, Pang

Forgets Yon Attracts

Christopher Eccleston - Concocts, Hither, Repels

Massive props to @GordonK

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    $\begingroup$ How about uncalm pang? $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ Now I guess people can solve my oppogram too! :) $\endgroup$
    – Arth
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ Nice one: attend din van. :) $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ I'm sure this is right, but how is "concocts" the opposite of "forgets"? I don't see it at all. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ I'm impressed by both of you. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 17:09

Partial answer, a stretch at best, but hopefully pointing someone in the correct direction:

•Forgets Yon Attracts

Taking the second word, Yon, first. This is a very unusual choice, suggesting that the word we're looking for is well-know for being the opposite of Yon. The only thing that springs to mind is:

Hither, as in "Hither and Yon"

Now looking at Attracts, the opposite that seems most likely to me is:


Playing with the letters from these two words I was able to come up with:

_hrist_pher Lee

This is only missing 2 letters to give the name of someone famous and, at a stretch, a possible opposite of separates is:

co- meaning together (e.g. co-conspirator)

This means that the third person on the list is:

Christopher Lee and the sequence might possibly be something to do with actors who have played bond villains or sith lords, however Christopher Lee's credits are incredibly long, so they could be almost anything.

Alternative Theory

Looking for other famous Christophers who have the letters EEL in their surname, the only one that jumped out at me was Christopher Eccleston, which would give "actors who have played The Doctor" as a good sequence to investigate, however I couldn't get the letters COCCSTON to make a word that means the opposite of forgets, separates or undoes. I Also couldn't get the other clues to match with Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy or David Tennant and Matt Smith.

  • $\begingroup$ Would you reward someone who concocts a word for your alternative theory.. $\endgroup$
    – Arth
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Arth Well spotted. $\endgroup$
    – Gordon K
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 15:31

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