Our team has really made it. We managed to win the bronze despite finishing on the 16th place.

While our oldest member is only sixteen, the youngest of us is over one hundred (and we expect him to live more).

Despite many people describe us as toxic ones, we are so friendly that we can communicate with six at once! The only exception is the skinniest of us, he usually cannot speak with more than two at a time.

We are six, but you all need help of the eighth of us (so strongly that you cannot even live without him).

What are we? What's the name of our team?

Hint (maybe decisive):

Before finishing 16th, we took 6th place in the group stage (we participated in Group A).


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Your team is called

The Chalcogens

You win the bronze because

If the noble gasses are in first place, you are in third

Your members

Include element 16, Sulfur, which is oldest because it is found as a mineral in nature without much work, and your youngest is element 102, which is Nobelium

You speak by

Forming bonds. Your members can bond with six other elements, other than Oxygen which can form two bonds.

We all need

Element 8, Oxygen, in order to live

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    $\begingroup$ Oops, thanks for catching that missing spoiler tag @stiv $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ Great! However, some clues have different intended explanations, namely rot13("punypbtraf" pna or yvgrenyyl genafyngrq nf "oebamr-znxvat") and rot13("byqrfg" naq "lbhatrfg" npghnyyl zrna gur beqre bs qvfpbirel, naq gur "lbhatrfg" bs gurz vf yvirezbevhz, ryrzrag 116 (fb "yvir zber" nf nyfb yvxr n uvag)). Despite that, your explanations may be even better! $\endgroup$
    – trolley813
    Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 6:13
  • $\begingroup$ @trolley813 I am sorry, what are you talking about? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 12:35
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    $\begingroup$ @DeepakMS rot13 is a way to encode words by "rotating" the letters 13 spaces forwards. Applying it a second time decodes the message so it's an easy way to give spoilers in comments. You can go to rot13.com for example to decode the hidden hints in trolley's comment. $\endgroup$
    – Imus
    Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 12:51

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