Inspired by this and this puzzle: more oppograms!

An oppogram is an anagram of opposites. First find the opposites of the words below, then form the title of a song by making an anagram of these opposites (for more information and examples, see the other oppogram puzzles). The oppograms are linked by a common music artist:

  • Stop aggravate distant (2; 16)
  • Bright incapable silence (3; 14)
  • Irritate north liberate yang (6; 21)

The numbers between brackets indicates the number of words and the total number of letters in the song names.

What are the "oppogrammed" songs, and what is the name of the music artist?

  • $\begingroup$ anagram of each opposite or as a group? $\endgroup$
    – Abhishek
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 7:06
  • $\begingroup$ You have to make an anagram of each group of opposites. For examples you can take a look at one of the other oppogram puzzles $\endgroup$
    – Wu33o
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 7:10
  • $\begingroup$ I must say, I'm starting to tire of these "oppograms". The first couple were a novelty, but now they're starting to become tedious. $\endgroup$ Commented May 6, 2016 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain I'm sorry you don't like it, although nobody forces you to try to solve them. But sure, no more oppograms then $\endgroup$
    – Wu33o
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ Piggy backing of what @question_asker said, I tried putting in what I thought the most obvious opposites are for the last clue in an anagram solver, and got 78949 different anagrams. Obviously less of these are actually song titles, but that's just one possible combination of words, and these words don't exactly have blatant opposites $\endgroup$ Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:37

2 Answers 2


I could not possibly have figured this out without all the help of the people here. I give credit to the discussion for the word count and letter count hints, and @Trenin for his partial answer leading me to a reverse engineering approach. However, we now have a possible solution.

Stop aggravate distant (2; 16)

play appease close => Apocalypse Please

Bright incapable silence (3; 14)

cloudy fit noise => City of Delusion

Irritate north liberate yang (6; 21)

South yin alleviate hold => Hate this and I'll love you (Credit to @Trenin)

These three songs had this band in common:


  • $\begingroup$ Nice work. I was stuck on Bright -> Dark/Dim. Wouldn't have thought of "Stop->Play" $\endgroup$
    – Trenin
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 14:36

Lets look at the last one.

Irritate north liberate yang (6; 21)

Both "North" and "Yang" have the obvious opposites of "South" and "Yin" which contain 8 letters total.

This leave 13 letters for the opposites of liberate and irritate.

Here are the possibilities:

alleviate hold/keep
appease/assuage/comfort/delight/mollify/placate detain

The first possibility is:

"South yin alleviate hold" which gives an anagram of "Hate this and I'll love you" by Muse.

However, I cannot find any other songs by this artist which fit the word/letter requirements.

  • $\begingroup$ Apocalypse Please {2;16} and City of Delusion {3;14} match the other oppograms' word/letter requirements. $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2016 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ Also, "Bedroom Acoustics" and "Ruled by Secrecy". $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 13:10

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