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Stellar Words (Posted on 2007-01-18) Difficulty: 4 of 5
The following words have something in common:

DERIDE, MADE, MAID, MAIL, MISDID, RIDE, WADE, WAIL

The following words have a different something in common:

ACCEPT, ACES, BABOON, PUSHUP, SICK, WOOF, WOOFER

The following list incorporates both ideas, but is also in a particular order:

HE, AM, ACID, ACES, AMAZES, OUTRIDE, ACTIVATE

Of the following, what word best fits as the next in sequence?:

CORRECT, CORRECTION, CORRECTLY, CORRECTNESS, CORRECTOR, CORRECTORS, or CORRECTS

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Hints/Tips re: Seconds on that | Comment 5 of 10 |
(In reply to Seconds on that by Gamer)

Of course! All the words in List 2 are indeed made up the symbols for the elements.

Which fits in with Charlie's clue about St-El-Lar words. St = state; El = elements. So what does Lar mean?

Looking at the third list, we've got:

HE = Helium
AM = Americium
ACID = Actinium, Idaho
ACES = Actinium, Einsteinium
AMAZES = Americium, Arizona, Einsteinium
OUTRIDE = Oxygen, Utah, Rhode Island, Delaware
ACTIVATE = Actinium, Titanium, Virginia, Tellurium

I'm not sure what order that's in, though.

As far as the possible solutions, the root word is:

CORRECT = Carbon, Oregon, Rhenium, Connecticut

And the various endings:

TION = Titanium, Oxygen, Nitrogen
LY = This actually requires a change of the root word. CORRECTLY = Carbon, Oregon, Rhenium, Carbon, Thallium, Yttrium
NESS = Nebraska, Sulfur, Sulfur (or Nitrogen, Einsteinium, Sulfur)
OR = Oregon
ORS = Oregon, Sulfur
S = Sulfur

So. Who wants to try and put this all together?

Edited on January 23, 2007, 4:57 pm
  Posted by Jyqm on 2007-01-23 12:18:59

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