The ship departed from the Lisbon harbour. Elizabeth sat in her cabin, holding a small USB device in her hand. The important information it contained was meant for the authorities of six foreign powers, and her journey would take her to those countries' capital cities to deliver the data in person.

The carrier came in and left her suitcase by the door. "Here's your suitcase, Mrs. Harcourt", he said.

Elizabeth stared out of her cabin window on the left-hand side of the ship and silently took another sip from her wine glass.

Where was Elizabeth headed?

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    $\begingroup$ "...and silently took another sip from her wine glass." $(+1)$ $\color{darkorange}{\bigstar}$ :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Aug 24, 2018 at 9:35
  • $\begingroup$ Whoa that’s a good riddle +1 $\endgroup$
    – Rohit Jose
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:45
  • $\begingroup$ This is driving me crazy $\endgroup$
    – Pogrindis
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:56

2 Answers 2


I think this important mission would take Elizabeth to the six capital cities:

Port Louis - Mauritius
Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea
Port Vila - Vanuatu
Port-au-Prince - Haiti
Port of Spain - Trinidad and Tobago
Porto-Novo - Benin

As the report is full of:

PORTS: Port Elizabeth - SA, Lisbon - Portugal, harbour - port, important, USB - Port, this data - a report, carrier - porter, deliver- transport, suitcase - portmanteau, left side of ship - port, wine - port

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    $\begingroup$ Lol, to be honest I had no idea you could use that word for a suitcase. Even better! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:31
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    $\begingroup$ It was a guesstimate - your story was edutaining! Maybe this answer is a Bass reflex $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:44
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    $\begingroup$ Bass reflexes are important to floor Toms, the sound is a bit too low to reproduce on regular speakers. (Sorry, no port puns here). $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Aug 24, 2018 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ Was there a significance to the surname Harcourt? I couldn't find one mentioned in the answer but would be surprised if not. $\endgroup$
    – IanF1
    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:10
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks are due to M Oehm's supporting comment for Harcourt. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Aug 26, 2018 at 8:53

She was going to visit

Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and Benin.


These things all make an appearance in the story (I may have missed some):

Portugal (Lisbon)
Port (harbour)
USB port
important information
porter (the person carrying the luggage)
portmanteau (the luggage)
porthole (cabin window)
port (left side of ship)
port (wine)

And the capitals of the mentioned countries

all have the word "Port" in them.

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    $\begingroup$ (Hmmm. The book seems a bit of a stretch. I guess you found it because you included the publisher's name in your websearch. Perhaps you were looking for this?) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ @M Oehm possibly :-) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:31

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