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Out of this word (Posted on 2014-12-08) Difficulty: 3 of 5
acb, aml, bou, cle, emp, llo, nds, rro, ssi, ymb

The above line lists 10 triplets, each a part of one of 10 words, belonging to a well defined set.

Name the words and comment on the set's origin.

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re(5): Most of a solution ---- hint , .....partial. spoiler | Comment 6 of 9 |
(In reply to re(4): Most of a solution ---- hint , .....partial. spoiler by Ady TZIDON)

Given Macbeth:

acb =[M]acb[eth]

aml = [H]aml[et]

emp =[T]emp[est]

ymb= [C]ymb[eline]

It seems the rule might be: crop the initial and take the next three letters of the title.

But then:

llo = [Oth][e]llo (last syllable)

ssi = [Troilus and Cre]ssi[da] (penultimate syllable)

cle = [Peri]cle[s, Prince of Tyre] (third syllable)

rro = [The Comedy of E]rro[rs] (first 3 letters of last syllable)

bou = either [Love's La]bou[rs Lost] (first 3 letters of penultimate syllable) or [Much Ado A]bou[t Nothing] (first 3 lower-case letters of penultimate word).

nds = [All's well that E]nds [Well] (first 3 lower-case letters of penultimate word), or [The Merry Wives of Wi]nds[or] (second three letters of penultimate syllable)

The last two examples in particular seem to contradict the claim of well definition, since the alternatives cannot be distinguished by rule.

  Posted by broll on 2014-12-08 23:43:51
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