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This puzzle is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Outs word. Here is a list of examples:

OUTS NOT OUTS
bar allow
boil freeze
cool hot
guru initiate
ingrate grateful
lich skeleton
rage serenity
ruins creates

And a CSV version:

OUTS, NOT OUTS
bar, allow
boil, freeze
cool, hot
guru, initiate
ingrate, grateful
lich, skeleton
rage, serenity
ruins, creates

QUESTION: What is the rule to tell whether a word is an Outs word or not? Why is it called an Outs word?

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An Outs Word is a word which:

is an anagram of the starting letters of the name of a South American country. It is called an 'Outs Word' since 'Outs' is itself an anagram of the first four letters of 'SOUTH'.

This can be seen as follows:

bar --> BRAzil
boil --> BOLIvia
cool --> COLOmbia
guru --> URUGuay
ingrate --> ARGENTIna
lich --> CHILe
rage --> ARGEntina
ruins --> SURIName

The 'Not Outs Words' do not comply with this rule.

Just for fun, a further topical example for this site would be:

REP, from PERu!

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  • $\begingroup$ A quick question, how are you so quick to view new puzzles, do you have a way it can notify you via sms? $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Oct 29, 2020 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ Very nice! That is correct ;) $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Oct 29, 2020 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Deepthinker101 Ha, no, just luck I saw this one shortly after it was posted! I had the site still open in a browser tab while I was doing other things and noticed the '(1)' pop up in the tab title. No notifications here! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 29, 2020 at 19:19

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