This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #26: .

You are a renowned treasure hunter, and using your puzzling skills, you have found that an ancient treasure on the bottom of "_ _ _ _ River" in Spain. But, which river? You have a feeling the answer may lie in these mysterious rebuses that you found in Italy a few days ago...

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A four letter word from 5 rebuses? No problem for you, your puzzling skills will soon figure this out...right?


This is actually a very simple puzzle. Not all the rebuses are two words.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you going to add a hint for Rebus#3? $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ Would it require any knowledge about spanish language? $\endgroup$
    – user33865
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ @AlwaysConfused Nope $\endgroup$
    – suomynonA
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 23:52

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Partial solution:

First rebus

might be BUG NUTS, if the car is meant to be a VW Beetle ("Bug").

Second rebus

surely SCOT FREE (the flag shown is that of Scotland).

Third rebus

I have no idea about at present.

Fourth rebus

TOP DRAWER, I assume.

Fifth rebus

well, the busts are of Julius Caesar. It should probably be obvious to me what to do with ten Julius Caesar busts, but right now it isn't. They're laid out like a phone keypad but if that's more than coincidence I don't yet see what to do with it. (CAESAR PHONE -> SOUSAPHONE? JULIUS KEYPAD? HEADPHONE? All nonsense.)

So we have, maybe,

? ?
? ?

where I'm guessing that

all rebus solutions will turn out to be two-word phrases. The fact that the last letter of the first one is the first letter of the next suggests an obvious way to get four letters, but unfortunately that seems to lead to SETR which, um, doesn't sound like the name of a river in Spain. Another possibility is that the last rebus means "Caesar shift by 10" and should be applied to the results of the other four, after reducing each somehow to a single letter.

I also remark (though I don't know whether it helps) that

the rebus solutions we have so far all look kinda cryptic-clue-y. BUG NUTS could indicate that we should take an anagram of either BUG or NUTS. SCOT FREE could indicate an anagram of SCOT. TOP DRAWER could mean the letter D.

What rivers are there in Spain?

Wikipedia yields the following four-letter ones; I may well have missed some. Ason, Avia, Deva, Ebro, Esla, Foix, Gaia, Muga, Oria, Saja, Tajo, Viar.

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    $\begingroup$ 5 may be Roman numerals $\endgroup$
    – Herb
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 21:56
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    $\begingroup$ Could three be 'don't count your chickens before they hatch' or some short summary of that? $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 4:52
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    $\begingroup$ @humn That's another correct answer to the first rebus $\endgroup$
    – suomynonA
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ @suomynonA How can a single rebus have 2 correct answers? :-/ $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Techidiot It's also a hint that certain parts of the rebus don't matter $\endgroup$
    – suomynonA
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 19:13

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