I’m doing a cryptic English towns and cities quiz and I have 1 clue left. The town or city is further south than Newcastle and further north than Hartlepool.

The clue is:

"Mars is on land surrounded by water"

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    $\begingroup$ Could it be Marx instead of Mars? The "land surrounded by water" seems rather unambiguous. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t have a number of letters $\endgroup$
    – Tom Hardy
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ It could be fen(google.co.in/…) $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2018 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ Not so teeny, actually. I think all of the southern coast in Dumfries and Galloway qualifies. (For what it's worth, I still supspect it's Carlisle and Mars is a misprint for Marx.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ And Carl is a misprint for Karl, right? :-) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


I'm pretty sure that

the answer of Ram's Island is correct. It is an island in the North Irish Lough Neagh.

How you get this answer:

Mars is an anagram of Rams. Also "is on land" is mentioned in the riddle and if you put "is" and "land" together you get "island". It is also fully surrounded by water as the riddle says. This is all supposing that it is places in Great Britain as apposed to towns and cities in England.

More information:

Ram's Island is a 1.5 km island (point to point) roughly 1.7 km offshore. It is along the latitude in between of Newcastle and Hartlepool. Extra information can be found at the Ram's Island Wikipedia Page.

P.S. for further information for my interest in research, please could you tell me what website/app this is on. Thankyou.

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    $\begingroup$ Which one is the anagram indicator here? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid maybe 'is' is the anagram indicator. It's an easy anagram so a very thin indicator should suffice... $\endgroup$ Commented May 29, 2018 at 3:50

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