What may the following represent?




The 3 rebuses give 3 proper nouns. They are in alphabetical and chronological order starting in the:

  • 1990s
  • 2000 - 2009
  • 2010s

(the first being more general than the next two). They are a tribond, so have something in common.

An alternative & standalone way to find this connection, which is a 6 letter word, is the cryptic clue:

Seal companion is ferret. (6)

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    $\begingroup$ 01100111 = g in ascii $\endgroup$ – Amruth A Oct 17 '17 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ Something of sort - "Under weight goes green"? $\endgroup$ – Mea Culpa Nay Oct 17 '17 at 10:52

I think the rebuses are spelling out:

1. America Online? (The united states, on top of a line)
2. Bing (Binary G) [EDIT: looks like Riley got this one before me]
3. Duck Duck Go (Zero being a 'duck', green being 'go')

The title suggests:

Searching high and low

The cryptic suggests

Searching for hidden things


To seal something is to close or hide away, and the companion is to ferret out the truth.

So, my answer is:


  • $\begingroup$ This is an excellent interpretation of the cryptic clue. $\endgroup$ – floraline May 8 '18 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ I think this could be right! Although it looks like I got the second part of the rebus first. $\endgroup$ – Riley May 8 '18 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent, that definitely sounds right $\endgroup$ – Mohirl May 9 '18 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ Super, all correct except ironically for the cryptic clue, which has the same answer as the rebus connection. I will accept soon - someone may fit the CC to the answer. $\endgroup$ – Tom May 9 '18 at 8:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom So... Sear+ CH(where CH= Companions of Honour?) $\endgroup$ – Sid May 11 '18 at 8:19

Perhaps it could be

Goes green over us(with prejudice/envy)


01100111 if ASCII 'g' as identified by Amruth and 00 are taken as OES (plural of O literally, but here of 0s) and those are below the word Us.

  • $\begingroup$ I feel like, given the positions in the rebus, this would be under instead of over. $\endgroup$ – noedne May 5 '18 at 17:12

Not sure about the others, but the second one might represent...



It's a Binary g. Also, Bing is a proper noun, and it started in 2009.


This might seem an answer out of left field, but, I'm guessing it refers to a:


Title: High and Low Rebus

The suffix "sel" sounds like "sell", which is a trading activity that occurs either high or low (e.g. sell when high).


Synonym for "we", which is the prefix of the answer.

Cryptic clue: Seal companion is ferret. (6)

Seals are closely related to the Musteloidea superfamily (to which ferrets belong), and weasels are a genus under that.

TODO: I'm yet to determine how this relates to the $01100111$ and $00\color{green}\bullet$. I'm currently thinking the ASCII 'g' is used to denote an abbreviation for

Genus, as that ties in with the cryptic clue's answer.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand how that cryptic clue works... $\endgroup$ – Sid May 8 '18 at 3:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid - I've edited the answer, does that help? $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 8 '18 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ Wow! That seems right :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter May 8 '18 at 7:53
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    $\begingroup$ @AbcDexter - Thank you. However, I am inclined towards what Sid said, some of my explanations feel like they were stretched to fit! $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 8 '18 at 8:26
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    $\begingroup$ I'm looking for a different answer, but it's interesting to learn of a relation between seals and ferrets! $\endgroup$ – Tom May 8 '18 at 8:40

Partial answer:

00 Green could represent

zero on a roulette wheel. Or just the word roulette

Really going out on a limb, 01100111

is a binary g. So you could be looking for a binary star of spectral type g, of which apparently Alpha Centauri A is one. But that's really a stretch.


This is extremely far afield, and it doesn't really match the cryptic clue, but I think there's a low probability it is


Where I interpret the rebus as:

"US" Meaning the people, and the line that goes under them. Then collectively, "01100111" as the ASCII code point for "g", and the dot as the color green, which I take to mean together the Manhattan G subway, which has a lime green color as its color.

I'm also unsure, because

I never used the "00" before the green dot. Perhaps you were referring to the first stop, which would be "queens," another 6 letter word. Further, "subway" doesn't match the cryptic clue in any directly meaningful way.

  • $\begingroup$ The first sentence of your rebus interpretation is very much along the right lines, though you could make even more specific. Each of the 3 rebuses give a separate proper noun, and what these 3 have in common is the 6 letter word, for which the CC provides an alternative standalone definition. $\endgroup$ – Tom May 8 '18 at 12:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom That's a whopping hint more than a guess at the right direction, you should probably add that to the OP if you are going to say that here as well $\endgroup$ – theREALyumdub May 8 '18 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ that's fair and I've added to the question. $\endgroup$ – Tom May 8 '18 at 19:25

A guess: $U_s$

...looks like a source (or supply, or input) voltage

and the underscore

may denote a complex representation in AC circuit analysis

...but I'm stuck here. :(

  • $\begingroup$ It is not Us but U8 (Upper U with a subscript - 8 - that is number 8) $\endgroup$ – Mea Culpa Nay Oct 17 '17 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ @MeaCulpaNay, s not 8 is the character following U in the question. $\endgroup$ – Tom Oct 17 '17 at 14:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Tom I think Mea means not s but 8 for source voltage mentioned in the answer $\endgroup$ – Alex Oct 18 '17 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Alex for noticing this! Apologies Mea Culpa if I misinterpreted (I think the font makes it look like 8). The rebus may be better written as upper-case S (it would be clearer/easier) and if stopping people answering I might update sometime and possibly put a dot after the S. $\endgroup$ – Tom Oct 19 '17 at 5:27

I think it is to do something with:

Use; as multiple Us can be pronounced

So, could be:

Use over Goes Green


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