Can you identify where these peculiarly named places are located?

  1. Ableis
  2. Askera
  3. Handleama
  4. Offington
  5. Speechtown
  6. St. Beatle's

Looking for names of countries.


An alternative clue for #6 is "St. King's", which arguably fits better with the overall theme.

Hint #2:

Two answers per line.


Continuing from where Gareth left off:

Parts of the peculiar names can be replaced. The replacement and the replaced parts together form a new word or expression.

... and paying heed to the second hint:

There are two answers for each line

... the following countries are found:

France, Paris (parable)
Tunisia, Tunis (tunable)

Eritrea, Asmara (marker)
Kazakhstan, Astana (tanker)

Bahrain, Manama (manhandle)
Panama, Panama (panhandle)

US, Washington (wash off)
New Zealand, Wellington (well off)

Sierra Leone, Freetown (free speech)
St. Vincent and the Greadines, Kingstown (King's Speech)

St Beatle's
Grenada, St. George's (Beatle Gerorge Harrison)
Antigua and Barbuda, St. John's (Beatle John Lennon)

  • $\begingroup$ Excellent! I'm feeling very dim now... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 23 '18 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ Then you know how I felt when I read your answer this morning. :) (I couldn't find Ableis or Askera and thought Offington a bit weak. Then I got sidetracked when I found that there is a Handleama in the Florida panhandle.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Sep 23 '18 at 20:16

Partial answer

Several of these are

national capitals in which a word has been replaced by something that can follow it to make a single word or a reasonably common phrase.


I haven't been able to make either Askera or St Beatle's fit that pattern, though there are some obvious candidates for St Beatle's if we're allowed to stretch a bit.


PARIS (parable), capital of France


I haven't been able to make this one work.


MANAMA (manhandle), capital of Bahrain


WASHINGTON (wash off), capital of the USA


FREETOWN (free speech), capital of Sierra Leone

St Beatle's

This doesn't quite seem to fit the pattern; best I can do is ST GEORGE'S (George Harrison, one of the Beatles), capital of Grenada, or ST JOHN'S (John Lennon, one of the Beatles), capital of Antigua and Barbuda.

  • $\begingroup$ You're right that the last one is a bit of a looser fit than the others. (It was "St. King's" originally, but I just couldn't pass the opportunity for the Beatle reference.) $\endgroup$ – Jafe Sep 23 '18 at 1:45
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    $\begingroup$ Whether King or Beatle, it seems to be ambiguous. And I'm still drawing a blank on Askera... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 23 '18 at 1:46
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, you're far from done :) On the right track, though. $\endgroup$ – Jafe Sep 23 '18 at 13:32

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