# A Missing Vowels Mishap

How exciting! Your first day as a BBC intern, and you get to meet the Victoria Coren Mitchell! You take a deep breath as you walk up to her dressing room, not wanting to sound like a crazed, nervous maniac in front of her. All ready, you open the door slightly and poke your head in.

“Fifteen minutes till showt—uh...”

Well you certainly didn’t expect this. A bawling Victoria, huddled in a ball on the floor, next to a large puddle of wine. You slowly step inside.

“Is, um...is something wrong?” You roll your eyes. Duh, of course something is wrong, look at her!

Victoria gets up and sprints over to you. “You! You have to help me. I was having a quick drink before the show, and I accidentally knocked the wine bottle all over the cards for the Missing Vowels round! I don’t know what any of the connections or the answers are supposed to be! And now my makeup’s all screwed up and I don’t have time to get new cards...”

“So, uh,” you say, half confused and half starstruck, “what exactly do you want me to do?”

“Just figure out the answers for each of the clues, and what each group’s connection is! Write it on that napkin over there or something!” she says as she runs out of the room. “And, well, maybe clean up this mess while you’re at it...”

You turn your attention to the wine puddle, and see five cards in the middle of it. Picking them up, you take another deep breath. This is your time to shine! You haven’t watched Only Connect all these years for nothing!

Can you solve all of the clues, and figure out the connection between each group of four?

(In case you don't know how the Missing Vowels round works on Only Conncect, a word or phrase has all its vowels removed, and spaces are added randomly between the consonants. For example, ONLY CONNECT becomes NL YCNN CT.)

The wine-soaked cards:

The cards as plaintext:

Group 1:
LVN
MNT SNH VN
P
HL LS FRM

Group 2:
CRN M
THR SS TNC
XSN DLLS
MH TP

Group 3:
NG LS
CRN
R SSS CH
RB

Group 4:
T HGSL VN DFTB LL
FRDC PL SND G LF
BT HJMHM MDN DFN CNG
YZ RHNY NDF G RSK TNG

Group 5:
TRS SC
SD RN
P LGN
QT RNRY

• Is each card a single phrase or is each card made up of 4 separate words? – Beastly Gerbil Aug 24 '16 at 19:52
• @BeastlyGerbil Each card has four different words/phrases. – DooplissForce Aug 24 '16 at 19:54
• Will it be obvious what the solution is? i.e. will there be something that indicates P is specifically UP or APE? – Ian MacDonald Aug 24 '16 at 20:04
• I love your story. It is great for this puzzle! – Jason_ Aug 24 '16 at 23:19
• The crazy thing is, I totally read all of Victoria's lines in her voice. – Joe Z. Aug 25 '16 at 4:22

I have groups 2, 4, and 5. Groups 1 and 3 were found by Peregrine Rook and Joe Z., respectively, and I am including their answers here.

Group 1: They are all

things that should be preceded by SEVEN: ELEVEN
MINUTES IN HEAVEN
UP
HILLS OF ROME

Group 2: They are all

board games:
CRANIUM
AXIS AND ALLIES
THE RESISTANCE
IMHOTEP

Group 3: They are all

languages, named in other languages:
INGLESE
CORÉEN
RUSSISCH
ARABE

(At least one of these admits other related vowel-interpolations.)

Group 4: They are all

eminent sports people and their sports:
THIAGO SILVA AND FOOTBALL
FRED COUPLES AND GOLF
YUZURU HANYU AND FIGURE SKATING.

(It is possible that they have something more specific in common; I am very far from expert in this area.)

Group 5: They are all

geological periods:
TRIASSIC
SIDERIAN
PALEOGENE
QUATERNARY

• Those were the three I got, too. :( – GentlePurpleRain Aug 24 '16 at 22:10
• All correct so far! :) – DooplissForce Aug 24 '16 at 22:14
• – Gareth McCaughan Aug 24 '16 at 22:58

Group 1:

ELEVEN
MINUTES IN HEAVEN
UP
HILLS OF ROME

which are all things that can be preceded by SEVEN- or SEVEN.

• Correct, well done! – DooplissForce Aug 25 '16 at 13:11
• Wow, I was right, it was eleven. That one was interesting. – Joe Z. Aug 25 '16 at 15:14

Group 3 seems like it would be:

ENGELS, CORÉEN, RUSSISCH, ÁRABE (names of languages in other languages)

• That's correct, well done! :) – DooplissForce Aug 25 '16 at 3:56
• Good thing I took German this year to know the third one. Otherwise I never would have gotten it. – Joe Z. Aug 25 '16 at 3:57
• This seems a little arbitrary. If other languages are fair game, you could make just about anything fit. Is there any pattern to the languages, or is it just four random languages? – GentlePurpleRain Aug 25 '16 at 11:37
• @GentlePurpleRain I intended to just have four random languages. You're right that this is kinda arbitrary, I forgot to check if other languages would have the same consonant pattern as others. I only realized after everyone was bringing up other possibilities (like INGLESE and ENGELS when I had intended INGLÉS) that I probably should've checked beforehand. My bad! – DooplissForce Aug 25 '16 at 13:15