On Friday I posted this puzzle…..each of these boxes represents a phrase. So, for example, the first one represents ‘Man overboard’. Can you work out the others?

If you have not tried to solve it, have a go now. For everyone else, the answer is after the break.

1) Man overboard

2) Crossroads

3) Downtown

4) Neon lights

5) Life after death

6) Tricycle

Did you solve them? Any other answers?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for theKindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USAhere). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.


  1. I think a better fifth answer is: Death is a part of life. The slash suggest a proportion–a part-whole relationship. The slash is superfluous for the answer: Life after death.

    1. The slash is superfluous for the answer: Life after death.

      I agree. Life or Death, as Alex suggests, is what I thought of at first, but the order didn’t work out.

  2. 1: saw it before reading the puzzle
    2: got it
    3: got it after doubting between uptown and downtown.
    4: googled this one
    5: thought: dead or alive, but knew it would be wrong
    6: did not get it. But I don’t know what a tricycle is.

    1. Re: “I don’t know what a tricycle is.”

      Hint: a Unicycle has one wheel, a bicycle has two wheels, so a tricycle has…

  3. I had life or death rather than life after death. I also had footlights – the “lights” word was in the position that the foot would be relative to the “knee” word – although neon lights is probably the intended phrase.

  4. I didn’t get neon lights, although I’m sure I’ve seen it before (kept trying combinations such as knee over lights, lights under knee…) or life after death, but I got the rest.

    Nice to have a collection of rebus puzzles for a change 🙂

  5. Well, I didn’t get ’em all right, after all 🙂 Five out of six, I thought I’d solved instantly, except for the fact that, as it turns out, I interpreted “tricycle” as “recycle” (and tricycle is so obvious!). The only one that took a while was “neon lights”. Thanks for another delightful puzzle and have an excellent week 🙂

  6. I must confess I got two wrong! I thought Knee/Lights was Knee high and Highlights. I thought also that Death/Life was Life or Death (but I suppose it was the wrong way round for that).

  7. I had “death is longer than life” for n°5. Witch, I guess is kind of peculiar. For my defense, “phrase” means “sentence” in my native langage.

  8. I love getting the letters, but please really don’t go telling folks they are planning to have about one a week. I have been lucky to receive one a month. You need to do a little better than that….or stop the pinocchio stories at the extremely least. If one particular a month is what it is, then that is what it is.

  9. It might be better if you don’t have the slash, because it may seem like it means “or”. Instead, just put them next to each other with a space in between. That way, the “life” part is after “death”. “Life after death.” It makes more sense that way.

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