In the United States of America, the New York City Borough of Queens lies at the west end of Long Island.

More than 5000km across the Atlantic ocean lies the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, a borough of Greater Manchester, England.

Two seemingly unrelated places, and yet they both have an uncanny connection. Think beyond the obvious - you may need to do some research to figure out what I am driving at.

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    $\begingroup$ While it may or may not affect the puzzle, this is geographically incorrect - the borough of Queens lies at the west end of Long Island. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Zeitlin Dec 28 '17 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @JeffZeitlin, it doesn't affect the puzzle, but you are quite right. I originally drafted that it was the easternmost borough of NYC, it was an error. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Dec 28 '17 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ Bolton has a Queen's Park but the reverse is not true. There is a Bolton Avenue across the East River in the Bronx. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Dec 28 '17 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ I feel like "uncanny" or "driving at" might be clues, but haven't figured anything out yet. $\endgroup$ – gnovice Dec 28 '17 at 20:59
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    $\begingroup$ @gnovice very perceptive! There may even be a little more to it than that. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Dec 29 '17 at 15:07

I got some common things from your driving word hint.

There is Bolton Road in Queens and Queens Road in Bolton

  • $\begingroup$ You were the closest to my intended answer, which I have now posted. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Jan 5 '18 at 19:00

Is it that:

both of those places have something to do with cocktails?


Long Island and Metropolitan are both names of cocktails.

  • $\begingroup$ A very good answer! But it isn't the one I was thinking of. There are two clues within the question. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Dec 29 '17 at 15:04

Here are some additional clues and the answer I intended.

There were in fact two clues hidden in the original question:


I used the expression 'driving at' to hint that the answer was related in some way to driving.


I said that the two places had an 'uncanny connection'. Note that I didn't say they shared this connection, although it is something they have in common. 'Uncanny' can imply supernatural. A 'connection' is a link between two things, for example two places.


If you consider the two clues above together hopefully you will have realised the answer I was looking for is to do with a road (driving, connection) and that there is something unusual, eerie, possibly supernatural involved.


The answer I was looking for was that they both have roads named for something associated with The Devil. Bolton is served by a road numbered the A666 ('666' is The Devil's number), while Queens is served by Interstate 495, more commonly known as the Long Island Expressway, or 'LIE'... and The Devil is also called the father of the LIE.

  • $\begingroup$ "Uncanny can imply supernatural". Not any more than anything else strange. And the explanation for how Queens' part of it works makes no sense. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jan 5 '18 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ You comment includes a quote that I blanked out as a spoiler. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Jan 5 '18 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I didn't think it important enough to blank out, because IMO this answer is so tenuous that the connection wouldn't be gettable even with that hint. (If it weren't posted by you, the original poser of the question, I would not have thought it was the intended answer at all.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jan 5 '18 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Well you didn't attempt an answer, so I can't possibly imagine what you think the correct answer ought to be. Nevertheless, that is the answer to my puzzle. I believe it could be solved using Google. A search of 'Uncanny' shows all of its synonyms, including the one I intended. A google search of the two places shows them on a map including the roads, at least one of which is plainly obvious and I thought would lead to looking for the connection to the other. $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Jan 5 '18 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ If I knew what the correct answer ought to be, I would have posted it. But the issue is that the "666 -> devil -> father of lies (according to one Bible verse) -> lie -> L.I.E. -> Long Island Expressway" connection is so indirect that it's hardly a connection at all. Yes, both of those roads exist, but so do many other roads. The connection in Niranj's answer is much more clear than this one. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jan 5 '18 at 19:30

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