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OH!!! I KNOW THIS ONE!!!!
They’re all flags.
Layup for Tod. I’ll have to be faster next week.
There actually is another layer to the puzzle…
I suspect a few Canadians on this site might dispute that claim
Understandable. We also tend to think of Canadians as functionally Americans. (duck)
Foreign flags of countries whose chiefs of state have never been in my kitchen.
I suppose this time we don’t know if the list is exhaustive, so I don’t have to assume the heads of state of countries with flags no shown must have previously visited your kitchen.
Pardon me, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has just noted that I am out of mutton and need to go to the store.
Flags of countries that were formed or destroyed because of the First World War?
My other guess is that they are flags of countries that used to be part of Empires like the Ottoman Empire, British Empire, etc.
Flags that were or are subject to political movements to replace them?
I can’t find anything the flags themselves have in common, but it may be helpful to list out the countries they’re associated with. In order, starting from the top row, those countries are:
Top:Vietnam, Greece, Montenegro
Row2: France, Ivory Coast, Jordan
Row3: Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan
Row4: Luxembourg, Tuvalu, Burkina Faso
Row5: Canada, Angola, Fiji
Row6: Tajikistan, Algeria, Armenia
Could they all be flags that have never been raised at the Winter Olympics, despite having participants?
They’re too polite to raise their flag when they win. It would look like bragging.
Dedicated puzzle-solvers will find Mark’s handy-dandy summation useful.
Given that it’s April 1, how about “It’s just a random collection of flags”?
I have a sneaking suspicion this is correct.
You’re actually on to something, Michael Cain, but “random collection of flags” is not what the judges are looking for. This is a very deliberate collection of flags, arranged in a particular order.
Tuesday Hint: I used a particular page of the CIA World Factbook online to prepare the puzzle this week. But any recent atlas, including Google Earth, would do the trick too.
When you say “recent,” do you mean “any atlas after Montenegro became a sovereign nation” or “any atlas after South Sudan became a sovereign nation”?
Any June 2006 or later atlas should be fine for locating the next clue.
I think I figured it out. It’s a puzzle more than a trivia question.
Yamossoukro, Cote d’Ivoire
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY
The League’s trivia challenge, killing workplace productivity since 2011.
I actually figured out when I was getting dressed this morning that it had to be a coded statement of some sort, and most likely was a coded statement related to April Fools Day, quite likely Happy April Fools Day. I just didn’t have time to figure out the key to the code, and initially thought it was going to somehow be a cypher based on the alphabetic ordering of the countries. But Burt’s answer to my question ruled that out, which told me the key had to relate to a static feature of the selected countries. It didn’t take too long from there to start running through the capitals, most of which I have memorized. Since I knew more or less what I was looking for, the second I said the words “Hanoi, Athens, Podgorica,” I knew I had it.
Mark, you make me proud. Mike Schilling had better look out; he’s only two-thirds of a point ahead of you for the #2 all-time win record.
If a site that holds noted ephebophile John Derbyshire in high esteem doesn’t like this site, that’s a point in the League’s favor.
I think she likes us, despite herself.
Strike three. Don’t come back.
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