I present to you... The Wall of Walls!

sniper bauxite marshmallow viper
sparrow absolution modernism pigeon
joplin golden earth smaug
sergeant gala inspector square
circle donut berlin springfield
pentagon granite sandstone falkor
oreo negro predator smith
graduate captain independence scholar
money office triangle constable
lollipop fuji shockwave albatross
acrobat hunger madeira wailing
python boa anaconda flash
silent calendar marble resurrection
pelican norbert malone covenant
drive great columbia prometheus
tocantins putumayo illustrator viserion

You must sort these 64 words into 16 groups of 4 words. However, once you're finished with that, your mission is to build another wall with 16 new words, those words being the key word in each of those category names, and then solve it too!

For instance, if you grouped the words galaxy, kart, party and odyssey in a "words in the title of Mario videogames" category, you should use Mario as a word for the second wall (and maybe that would be part of the group "Nintendo characters" or "Names beginning with an M" in that wall). Don't worry, I think the word to be used for each category should be quite obvious (if it's the right group).

The only thing left to say is that only one of the words on the second wall is a plural. I clarify this because since you will be working with groups, the category names will probably be plural, so you should take this into account and use the singular form of the key word in all but one case.

Good luck!

Edit: Since the first Wall was pretty much solved, here is the 2nd wall, to avoid discrepancies:

post snake dragon android
rock amazon alien missouri
adobe police apple bird
google shape wall hitman

Although I've mentioned these in the comments, I'll add these here for clarification.

Hint 1:

The word that should be in plural in the second wall is very fitting.

Hint 2:

Stone instead of rock does work for the category I had in mind, but not as well.

Hint 3:

The first category for the second wall was already found. The tags for the remaining three are music, movies and entertainment.

Hint 4:

My other question on this site will pretty much tell you what one of the categories is (I made this before that one was solved, and I wanted someone to solve all of this first and then make the connection, but it didn't happen!)

Hint 5:

The words in another category are supposed to be preceded by "the" (unless you choose the alternative word in hint 2. That word is... cooler).

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    $\begingroup$ i think this is also called a Zebra puzzle, am i right? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:24
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    $\begingroup$ This is a fun puzzle format. I'll be stealing this :P $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe That'd be an honor, I'm a huge fan of your puzzles :) $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Wikipedia says those are the "Einstein puzzles" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_Puzzle). I'm not sure if this format exists already, I just wanted to jump on the connect-wall bandwagon while giving it my own little spin. $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:41

7 Answers 7


adobe: illustrator flash shockwave acrobat
google: calendar drive earth scholar
amazon: negro tocantins putumayo madeira (from @frogtown_j)
apple: golden gala fuji smith

These are all tech companies.

police: constable inspector sergeant captain
alien: covenant prometheus predator resurrection
android: marshmallow donut oreo lollipop (from @hexomino)
walls: berlin wailing great hunger (from @hexomino)

These are parts of song titles on Radiohead's OK Computer (thanks, hint 4): "Karma Police", "Subterranean Homesick Alien", "Paranoid Android", "Climbing Up the Walls".

shape: square circle triangle pentagon
bird: pelican albatross pigeon sparrow
post: malone office modernism graduate (from @FionaSapphire)
missouri: springfield joplin independence columbia (from @frogtown_j)

These are all parts of the titles of 2018 Best Picture Oscar candidates: "The Shape of Water", "Lady Bird", "The Post", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

snake: viper boa anaconda python
rock: granite sandstone marble bauxite
dragon: viserion smaug falkor norbert
hitman: silent money absolution sniper (from @frogtown_j)

These are all WrestleMania wrestlers: Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Bret "Hitman" Hart.

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    $\begingroup$ I would replace sweet with what I have (it seems more specific) although I do agree with river. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ I also think my category 11 and possibly category 7 are in there somehow which would bring it up to 14. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ 8/12 correct here! One of them is very close but there's a more specific word for the category, and there's another where I'm looking for a very similar word (that hexomino guessed correctly). $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ Almost got it now; like @Victor Perszel your groups are correct, but one name is off (although now that I think of it... it kind of works too with the category that I thought of for the second wall, but not as well), and another one should be a plural. Since the first wall is pretty much solved, I'll say: the first group for the second wall is exactly right :) $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ The second one, unfortunately, isn't. $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 11:30

Partial answer

Category 1

Shape - square, circle, pentagon, triangle

Category 2

Alien - resurrection, predator, prometheus, covenant

Category 3

Dragon - smaug, falkor, viserion, norbert

Category 4

Android - oreo, lollipop, marshmallow, donut

Category 5

Snake - python, boa, anaconda, viper

Category 6

Rock - sandstone, granite, bauxite, marble

Category 7

Mountains - negro, fuji, springfield, independence

Category 8

Bird - sparrow, pigeon, albatross, pelican

Category 9

Adobe - acrobat, flash, illustrator, shockwave

Category 10

Labels - putumayo, columbia, silent, absolution (credit to Fiona Sapphire)

Category 11

Wall - wailing, berlin, great, hunger

Category 12

Police - inspector, sergeant, captain, constable (credit to jafe)

Category 13

Google - earth, calendar, drive, scholar

Category 14

Post - malone, office, graduate, modernism (credit to Fiona Sapphire)

Category 15

River - smith, tocantins, madeira, golden (credit to jafe)

Category 16

  • $\begingroup$ 10/13 words correct! (although one of them has an incorrect word in it) $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, I think I can tell which 10 they are, jafe may have done better. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ You're 11/15. 2 are far from the solution, 1 is almost right but has the wrong words which when correct will help narrow it down (I made a slight mistake in that particular category, but I think it still works), and jafe got the remaining one right, though it's close to what you have (although one word is wrong too) $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ This has most of what I have, so no new answer, one category you don't seem to have considered is (ROT13) NCCYR: tbyqra, tnyn, shwv, fzvgu $\endgroup$
    – Sconibulus
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 18:41

Ok - I think these combined with some tweaking of the others should complete the first wall ( I'll let someone else compile the complete answer):

Hitman (video game franchise): sniper, absolution, silent, money
Missouri: Springfield, Joplin, Independence, Columbia
Apple: golden, fuji, gala, smith

As far as the second wall (partial):

Tech: Apple, Android, Google, Adobe
The rivers from @jafe post could also be re-categorized as Amazon, which would also fit in a tech category, but could be combined with Missouri (and maybe Snake) as a rivers category...maybe adobe gets bumped from tech into another category with posts, rocks, and walls for building materials?

  • $\begingroup$ All three are correct, as well as your "recategorization", great job! If you can agree on all the correct categories, the second wall will be ready to be solved! $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 20:07
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    $\begingroup$ +1 Nicely done, I would have struggled to get these. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 9:45

Ok, so I'm pretty sure I made to the first wall:

STONES: bauxite granite marble sandstone
ANDROID: donut oreo marshmallow lollipop
BIRDS: pelican sparrow pigeon albatross
SNAKES: viper anaconda python boa
GEOMETRY SHAPES: square triangle pentagon circle
DRAGONS: viserion falkor smaug norbert
ALIEN: resurrection predator prometheus covenant
ADOBE: acrobat shockwave illustrator flash
GOOGLE: earth drive scholar calendar
POST: malone modernism office graduate
HITMAN: sniper absolution silent money
APPLE: golden gala fuji smith
AMAZON RIVER: putumayo madeira tocantins negro
WALL: great hunger wailing berlin
POLICE: sergeant captain constable inspector
MISSOURI: columbia joplin springfield independence

I will update when I have the second wall, but for me one is already obvious

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES: android adobe google apple

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Why don't you take the tour and earn a badge? Very nice first post! $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 2:58
  • $\begingroup$ All the words are grouped correctly, great job! One of the category names used is not correct, and you have to choose just one word for the second wall (and remember, only one of them is a plural... Accidentally, the one that is is quite fitting...) $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 6:45


ROCK: bauxite, marble, granite, sandstone
ANDROID: marshmallow, oreo, lollipop, donut
SNAKE: viper, python, boa, anaconda
BIRD: sparrow, pigeon, albatross, ppelican
SHAPE: square, circle, triangle, pentagon
ALIEN: prometheus, resurrection, predator, covenant
ADOBE: illustrator, shockwave, acrobat, flash
POST: malone, office, graduate, modernism
POLICE: constable, sergeant, captain, inspector
DRAGON: falker, norbert, smaug, viserion
GOOGLE: earth, calendar, drive, scholar
RECORD LABEL: putumayo, columbia, silent, absolution

Partial for the second wall:

TECH COMPANIES: Google, Adobe, Android
CREATURES: Alien, Bird, Dragon, Snake

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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer +1. Have you seen my category 11? I think this might be one of the remaining categories? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ 11/12 correct here! I'll refrain to comment on the second wall until someone completes the first one. $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 15:14

For the final wall:

Third letter 'a' : dragon, snake, amazon, shape
Double letter : google, missouri, wall, apple
Exactly three distinct vowels : adobe, alien, android, police
Change second letter to an 'a' : post, rock, bird, hitman

The last one is a bit stretched maybe...

  • $\begingroup$ That is a great answer, but not what I had in mind. Like the answers on the first wall, the groupings are kind of trivia-y, not related to word properties. $\endgroup$
    – NudgeNudge
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 10:35

What about this category for the second wall

Bands: (The) Police, (The) Androids, (The) Birds, (The) Walls


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