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[Puzzler] I want your six


What unique characteristic connects these six words?


Update: SOLVED by Rich B. in the comments (nice work!), so there are spoilers below. I’ll keep the solution down there for now so you can noodle on the puzzle.


Yes, this is hard. (At least, it should be. Someone’s going to solve this in 30 minutes and prove me wrong now.)

Make your guesses in the comments. I’ll let you know if you’re right or wrong.

As time goes by, if this remains unsolved, I’ll add clues by editing the post. I may or may not decide what clues to give based on comments or questions, so feel free to noodle.

I won’t reveal the answer before someone solves it.

Any questions? Any guesses?


  1. When repeated, they form song titles. Not sure if there is an additional significance to this, like they all hit #1 on the charts:

    Monday, Monday – The Mamas and The Papas
    Sugar Sugar – The Archies (I think)
    Baby Baby – a Motown group (the Supremes, maybe)
    Rush Rush – ah, Paula Abdul (with Keanu Reeves in the video)
    Maria Maria – Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean
    Kiss Kiss – can’t think of an artist with this title song, but the rest fit so this must also

  2. James Callan

    23-June-09 at 10:32 am

    [mcmahon]You are correct, sir![/mcmahon]

    And they are indeed the only songs with double-word titles that have hit #1 on Billboard’s singles chart. (“Cherry, Cherry” wuz robbed!) The list is, in fact, in chronological order.

    But I used that as a winnowing rule. The heart of the matter: Words doubled to make popular song titles. Well solved.

  3. Looks like your “end McMahon” command was taken too seriously by the big HTML programmer in the sky.

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