This is a linking puzzle, where you get 8 hints, and 7 links between them.

  1. Michael Jackson made a song for this film.

1.-2. The link between the animal of clue 1 and the fictional person of clue 2 is an animal with long teeth.

  1. This is a fictional person, and the same in both links.

2.-3. This is the best couple of friends you ever knew.

  1. This is a fictional person in the foregoing link, but a real person in the next link.

3.-4. They used to be a super-couple.

  1. A real person in both link, but he could also be associated with the name of a certain part of the heel.

4.-5. The new super-couple. Lots of kids.

  1. Change a vowel in one of the names from the last link, to identify the fictional person in the next link.

5.-6. Worlds most famous lovers.

  1. This person has portrayed both the fictional person in the last link, and the next link. He has the name of a turtle.

6.-7. The ship is sinking.

  1. A fictional person in last link, a real in the next one.

7.-8. A royal couple.

  1. A person from Switzerland.

The two overflowing words from 1. and 8. could be combined to be associated with a principle important to many countries in the world. This has recently(?) been a part of news coverage around the world. What is this principle called?

  • $\begingroup$ 5.-6.: Romeo and Juliet $\endgroup$ – warspyking Feb 13 '15 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ 6.-7.: Titanic ${}$ $\endgroup$ – warspyking Feb 13 '15 at 10:04

Here is the complete solution (I have added my solutions for items 1 through 3 to Bulldogg6404's solution for items 4-8):

* 1: "Free Willy" (about saving an Orca whale)
* 1-2: Walrus
* 2: Ross Geller (from the TV series "Friends"; played by David Schwimmer)
* 2-3: Ross & Rachel = David Schwimmer & Jennifer Aniston (TV series "Friends")
* 3: Jennifer Aniston (plays Rachel in "Friends")
* 3-4: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
* 4: Brad Pitt plays Achilles in the movie "Troy"
* 4-5: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
* 5: Jolie -> Julie (?)
* 5-6: Romeo and Juliet
* 6: Leonardo Dicaprio portrayed main characters in both films
* 6-7: Titanic
* 7: Kate Winslet (actress in Titanic)
* 7-8: Kate Middleton and Prince William
* 8: William Tell (folk tale legend from Switzerland)

The answer to the final question seems to be

the freedom of speech principle
(This works with "telling" and with "Free" Willy)

  • $\begingroup$ I looked up the Friends characters, and I figure Rachel's best friend would more likely be Monica Geller. I also figured the first hint was about Free Willy, but I couldn't make a connection between the whale/orca and Monica Geller... Also, the final question answer would use the words Free and Tell; whatever a Free Tell principle is, I don't know. $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Feb 13 '15 at 11:12
  • $\begingroup$ Remember, "Will" is not part of the final answer at all, because the riddle says to use the overflow words. Those would be the words at each end of the link chain - the very first word and the very last word. $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Feb 13 '15 at 11:43
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain the connection between Ross and walrus, please? Is it that they sound alike? Or is it some reference to the show that I'm unfamiliar with? $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Feb 13 '15 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ "Whale + Ross" sounds similar to "walrus". $\endgroup$ – Gamow Feb 13 '15 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Bulldogg6404 whale-walrus-Ross is indeed the weakest link in the chain (as I anticipated). But the chain still survived...:-) $\endgroup$ – Enigma Feb 13 '15 at 13:15

These are the pieces I figured out.
Edit: New ideas for links 1-3.

1 : Free Willy
1-2 : Movie is about an orca/whale, which has surprisingly long teeth and is rather fatty.
2 : Monica Geller (Friends wiki says she was considered overweight in high school. compared to a whale... a fat joke?)
2-3 : Monica Geller and Rachel Green from Friends
3 : Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston
3-4 : Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
4 : Brad Pitt plays Achilles in the movie Troy.
4-5 : Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
5 : Jolie -> Julie (?)
5-6 : Romeo and Juliet
6 : Leonardo Dicaprio portrayed main characters in both films (Leonardo is the name of a Ninja Turtle)
6-7 : Titanic
7 : Kate (Winslet is the actress in Titanic)
7-8 : Kate Middleton and Prince William
8 : William Tell (folk tale legend from Switzerland)

Final answer is Free Tell, also known as Freedom of Speech.

  • $\begingroup$ You are good! Just solve part 1.-3. and then you will nail it! $\endgroup$ – Enigma Feb 13 '15 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ Updated the answer. The only thing I'm not confident in is the Orca -> Monica Geller link. I made my best guess based on my absolute zero knowledge of the Friends television series, so I hope it's right. :) $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Feb 13 '15 at 11:39

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