My first connect-wall was too easy; here is a hard one, as promised.

There are four categories of five words each:

wetsuit         crystal         blue        lie

sink            wire            bear        aura

barcode         marker          swiss       LED

gate            syrian          airbag      hail

saga            relay           duck        IC



  1. Time to get innovative! (Maybe the clock will be your Bain?)

  2. You can replace "syrian" with "tulum"

  3. Wired in by now?




Electronic components: ic (Integrated Circuit), led (Light Emitting Diode), gate, relay, wire, possibly crystal instead


Actions: duck, lie, sink, possibly hail, bear, and relay


Airlines: Blue, Swiss, Syrian, possibly Aura and Saga

Which leaves

wetsuit, barcode, marker, airbag, and possibly hail, bear, relay, crystal, aura, and saga

  • $\begingroup$ You're so close for one of the categories, and you are on the right track for another... $\endgroup$ – hat Dec 29 '18 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ See added hints. $\endgroup$ – hat Jan 9 '19 at 14:49

Here it is: (I think)

- Planes: Syrian, IC, Swiss, Airbag, Gate
- Lights: Crystal, Led, Blue, Wire, Aura
- Water: Wetsuit, Sink, Hail, Duck, Blue
- Nouns: - Lie, Bear, Saga, Relay, Marker

  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid they are all wide of the mark, sorry! By the way, "gaye" is "gate" in the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – hat Dec 24 '18 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ I edited it... waiting for peer review $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Dec 24 '18 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton I was hoping that you had some tricks I could could use; the old <br> works but it's by no means elegant...pity the formatting is poor when it comes to spoilers. $\endgroup$ – hat Dec 24 '18 at 14:43
  • $\begingroup$ See added hints. $\endgroup$ – hat Jan 9 '19 at 14:49


Group A

Knives: Syrian, Swiss, saga, IC, bear

Group B (Partial)

Rubber: wetsuit, duck, wire

  • $\begingroup$ @hat pls comment on my answer, thanks! $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Dec 24 '18 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ See added hints. $\endgroup$ – hat Jan 9 '19 at 14:49

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