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News | June 20, 2017

June 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Solve the Connection

By Wendell W., NSA Mathematician

The idea of a Connection is that you are given five questions to answer. Once you answer those questions, you have to figure out the connection between those five answers.


Connection 1

  • According to the song "Low Bridge, Everybody Down", what canal did Sal spend fifteen years on?
  • What's another name for the Wyandot people and language?
  • What's a word for someone higher in a hierarchy?
  • Which state has an upper peninsula?
  • What's the most populous Canadian province?


Connection 2

  • What's the first name of the actress who played Carla in Cheers?
  • What ancient flute consisted of several closed tubes joined together?
  • What style of music developed in Trinidad is exemplified by "The Banana Boat Song"?
  • What's the first name of the character on Friends played by Lisa Kudrow?
  • What sort of creature in Greek mythology is an NFL team named after?


Connection 3

  • What sea is bounded by Mindanao, Panay, Palawan, Borneo, and the Celebes Sea?
  • What's the unit of currency in South Africa?
  • What's the last name of the actor who won an Academy Award for playing Patton?
  • What is the Scottish name for a church?
  • What doctor wrote Baby and Child Care?


Please Note: This puzzle was inspired by the Kennections® puzzle periodical made popular by Ken Jennings. The puzzle presented is the sole work of the author and has no connection to Ken Jennings or the owner of the Kennections® trademark.

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Connection 1

  • Erie
  • The Huron
  • A superior
  • Michigan
  • Ontario


Connection 2

  • Rhea
  • Pan
  • Calypso
  • Phoebe
  • Titan


Connection 3

  • Sulu
  • Rand
  • Scott
  • Kirk
  • Spock


The connection between the answers:

  • Connection 1 - These are the five Great Lakes.
  • Connection 2 - They are moons of Saturn.
  • Connection 3 - They were crew members on the original Star Trek.