QUAFF . TINT . SHEET . WORLD . SAME . GRAPH
SNUBS - LOSS - LETTER - CRATER - WRYLY - KIWI
There's a strange sort of equivalence between these two sets of words. I'm sure it boils down to a single word, but how do you get the answer out?
Hints, in order of how much they give away:
There's a pattern to the words in the second row that isn't there in the first.
Some of the words in the lists may hint at what needs to be done.
If you rearrange the order of the words in the first row, you can make a pattern there too.
There's a hint in the title about what to do with the patterns in the two rows.
The original order of the words in the first row has a meaning, but only once you've done everything else.
There's a similarity between each pair of neighboring words in the second row that is mostly not true of the first row.
The first row can be rearranged in such a way that neighboring pairs of words show the same similarity that exists in the second row, but that's not quite enough. There's some extra information that lets you put the two rows in exactly the same order.
Once you pair up the words in the first and second row, the words in the pairs show the same similarity as the neighboring words in each row.
The patterns to look for have to do with the individual letters within the words and not with the words themselves.
Look for words that share letters.