Here's a connect-wall puzzle inspired by An Only Connect Wall by JonathanAllan.

It's my first of this kind so I've made it relatively easy (I think). Once you get one correctly, the others should be easy enough, even if you have to google some of the trivia.

| CHROMIUM   | GOLD       | HOURS      |  NEUTRAL   |
| MINUTES    | DWARVES    | DEATH      | SECONDS    |
| DAYS       | CALCIUM    | BOND       | THE ANSWER |

Find the 4 correct groups and declare yourself this puzzle's connect-wall-smarty-pants-super-expert

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    $\begingroup$ Neautral != neutral? $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 19 '16 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir ...yes :| $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 19 '16 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ I've referenced this CW in the tag info FYI $\endgroup$ – JMP Aug 20 '16 at 1:37
  • $\begingroup$ ...and yet I missed it's existence until now :( $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Aug 22 '16 at 4:04

I believe all the groups are based on


So, we have

7: days (/week) dwarves (Snow White, or Tolkien's rings) bond (James) neutral (pH)

and probably also:

24: chromium (atomic number) hours (/day) blackbirds (baked in a pie) gold (carats)

I thought briefly that I had the other two groups nailed, but I now think that was probably wrong. I think it's probably

42: the-answer (Douglas Adams) molybdenum (at.no.) death (Japanese) calcium (atomic mass of one isotope)


60: minutes (/hour) seconds (/minute) diamond (anniversary) dartboard (highest-scoring single region)

but am not entirely convinced by the last item in each.

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    $\begingroup$ Gareth, you sly spoil-sport. You pretty much have it +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 19 '16 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ I've only got one actual group of four so far, though... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 19 '16 at 11:54
  • $\begingroup$ Only one complete and yet 3 categories are correctly named :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 19 '16 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan: Impressive! Do you mind adding some explanation? I think that 24 for gold has something to do with 24 carats being pure gold and that 7 for neutral is linked via the pH value, but it's not very obvious. How does 42 relate to dartboards and death, for example? $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Aug 19 '16 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, got it now (before seeing BH's last comment, as it happens). I will add some more explanations per M Oehm's request, but note that dartboard=42 was just a mistake and that one actually goes in a different group. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 19 '16 at 12:16

First group:

Time measure: Days, Hours, Minutes, Seconds

Second group:

Elements: Calcium, Molybdenum, Gold, Chromium

Third group:

Words starting with D: Dwarves, Dardboard, Death, Diamond

Fourth group ? :

??? : Neutral, Blackbirds, Bond, The Answer

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    $\begingroup$ Seems that days would overlap your 3rd group. $\endgroup$ – RobStone Aug 19 '16 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ @RobStone: The groups in Only Connect walls aren't exclusive. In the TV show they often make groups that could have five or more items and you have to find the odd one out that can logically go into other groups. (I didn't know that when I tried to solve my first one here on SE and it threw me off track, too) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Aug 19 '16 at 13:36

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