The words and phrases in the following connect wall are missing their vowels. Insert the missing vowels into each word or phrase (all of the words/phrases are spaced correctly), then sort them into four groups of four each. Finally, use the group categories to find a thematic one word answer.


Hint 1: (updated)

JS N is a two word phrase that is a portion of a legal term.

Hint 2:

If JS N is giving you trouble, you can replace it with D.

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    $\begingroup$ Nice challenge. Here's a bit of context for anyone who's wondering what this is all about/ $\endgroup$
    – r3mainer
    Oct 6, 2019 at 19:35
  • $\begingroup$ @squeamishossifrage Glad that someone got the reference :D $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Oct 6, 2019 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ Am I correct to assume Y is not considered a vowel (Because of DY)? $\endgroup$
    – Zimonze
    Oct 6, 2019 at 20:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Zimonze Yes, Y is not a vowel, the only missing letters are AEIOU $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Oct 6, 2019 at 20:29
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    $\begingroup$ Is the space between "JS N" significant? Because on the wikipedia page, "VR NNGDLT TL" was solved as "Vernon God Little". $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Oct 6, 2019 at 23:29

3 Answers 3


To answer in the style of the question... TH SXTN WRDS/PHRSS N TH CNNCT WLL CLD B CTGRSD LK THS:

Group 1: HAM
HamBuRGeR (food)
Ham-FiSTeD (clumsy)
Ham aCToR (overacting performer)
Ham RaDio (amateur broadcasting)

Group 2: HEY
Hey JuDe (Beatles song)
Hey PReSTo (magician's cry)
HeyaWaKe (puzzle type)
HeyDaY (one's prime)

Group 3: RE
JuS iN re (legal term, a right in property ownership)
RePoPuLaTe (fill again with people)
ReFiNaNCe (take out another loan)
Re:ZeRo (Japanese short novel series) (solved by @JS1)

Group 4: The suffix -ITE
SoCiaLite (posh party-goer)
MeTeoRite (space rock)
MaGNeTite (iron ore)
ReaGaNite (supporter of Ronald Reagan)

(Okay, I'll write normally!) As for the 'thematic' final connection:

This is not your typical connecting group using the link-words as they are! Instead, in keeping with the puzzle's theme, let's now remove the vowels from the link-words! This gives us the following:

HAM --> HM,
HEY --> HY,
RE --> R, and
ITE --> T

Re-order these and put them together to find that the 'thematic one-word answer' is:

RHYTHM - one of the longest words in English that can be made without any of the 5 vowels A, E, I, O or U!

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    $\begingroup$ The two groups you got are correct! As for the final answer, wait until you get all the groups ;) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Oct 7, 2019 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the confirmation @PilsNot3 - had a feeling I was onto something there; good to know for sure! And yes, time will tell, I guess...! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 7, 2019 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ May I suggest this: rot13(Er:Mreb), which is this, making the final 4 be this: rot13(zbgbevmr, zntargvmr, fbpvnyvmr, betnavmr), possibly giving rot13(Mrnynaq). $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Oct 8, 2019 at 6:50
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    $\begingroup$ @PilsNot3 OH! I've just seen what the final thematic word is! Now to work out how to get the one letter I'm missing from the rest... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 8, 2019 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @PilsNot3 Done! A nice solution - good puzzle! Got to be honest, I do love the solution method I came up with in Edit 6 as well - obviously the final word I settled on there definitely isn't as fitting as yours, but still: was a lot of fun to solve, thanks :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 8, 2019 at 15:27

Partial - perhaps I am not very correct here, and I don't have any idea about the first box, but here it goes:

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for the effort, but unfortunately not on the right track with the groups. You did get some of the words right, though, so keep trying. And remember that at the end you should be able to get a word that relates to the theme of the puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Oct 6, 2019 at 23:20
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    $\begingroup$ Parasite....might be an organism rather than an orgasm....... $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Oct 7, 2019 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah.. my mistake :P But it's a screenshot, and I don't have the original text anymore, so unable to edit it :( $\endgroup$
    – SamRoy
    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ Could the first one be "JSON"? The space could also indicate that it's actually two words. $\endgroup$
    – Hugo
    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ @HugoZink Like I mentioned in the comments and the post, the phrase is spaced correctly. Looks like a lot of people are getting confused over it, so I’ll probably post a hint in a bit $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Oct 7, 2019 at 14:53

Just a partial answer with some potential solutions for the words (plus a couple added from comments below); too much to put in a comment, but not enough to be a complete wall. It feels like clue 1 is going to answer a lot of questions when we can figure it out.

First row (1 - 4)

1. [Jose / Joose / Jas], [One / Neo / Eon / Una / Uno / Oona / Neue], ?
2. Magenta / Magnet / Magneto / Magento
3. Week / Wake / Wok / Awoke / Woke / Wookie / Wiki / Wikia / Ewok / Weak
4. Argon / Regain / Oregon / Eragon / Region / Aragon / Oregano / Organ / Origin / Reign / Raygun / Regina / Uruguayan

Second row (5 - 8)

5. Meter (verb, distance, monitor) / Motor / Amateur / Mitre (bishop, joint, brand) / Mature
6. Zero / Azure / Azore / Ezra / Azera
7. Red / Redo / Erode / Rude / Radii / Ride / Road
8. Day / Dye / DIY

Third row (9 - 12)

9. Fasted / Feasted / OFSTED / Fisted
10. Scale / Scala / Social
11. Burger
12. Populate / Applet

Fourth row (13 - 16)

13. Fennec / Finance
14. Priest / Parasite / Prost / Poorest / Preset / Pursuit / Purest
15. Jade / Jed / Judo / Jedi
16. Actor / Cater

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    $\begingroup$ I got (4) reign, (7) road, (12) applet. $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(wbfhr bar, cevrfg, rmen, whqr) would refer to rot13(gur ovoyr) $\endgroup$ Oct 7, 2019 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ @LaurentLARIZZA why does rot13(cevrfg) fit that group, and why would rot13(wbfhr bar) be in Spanish when the others are in English? $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe: rot13(wbfhr bar) would match french also. Note that I just discovered the show, it does not air down here. And I forgot that this guy is spelt differently in english. $\endgroup$ Oct 7, 2019 at 12:15

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