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I'm in a cabal so secret and nefarious that very few of its members even know they are members. Our ranks include:

  1. Former Seattle police chief Carmen Best
  2. Physician and diplomat Deborah Birx
  3. Writer Edward Abbey
  4. Washington state representative Frank Chopp
  5. Model Kate Moss
  6. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
  7. Rock climber Lynn Hill
  8. Businessman and philanthropist Michael Dell
  9. Nobel laureate and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
  10. Texas senator Ted Cruz

We haven't gotten together in a while though, and I was going to arrange a virtual meeting to catch up and generally be sinister. Unfortunately, I've lost the complete list of members, and I don't want to make anyone feel slighted. Can you help by reminding me of the names of at least 5 more members of my cabal?

(Be sure to use a spoiler block when you reveal our initiation rules in your answer. It is, after all, a secret cabal. Ssh!)

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  • $\begingroup$ Can I just check that Kate Moss is definitely a member? $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Dec 23 '20 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Astralbee yes, Kate has been a member since 1974. $\endgroup$ – Eric Hirst Dec 23 '20 at 15:45
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You could invite

  • Steve Abel
  • Emma Bell
  • Margaret Chin
  • Raymond Dehn
  • Vitaly Efimov

Which would be members of your cabal as their

surname's letters are in alphabetical order - as is your own - Hirst :)

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    $\begingroup$ Well done, I'm especially looking forward to hatching some evil plots with Vitaly! $\endgroup$ – Eric Hirst Dec 23 '20 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Do puzzle has an unique solution? $\endgroup$ – Nick Dec 24 '20 at 0:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Nick no -- there are many thousands of possible cabal members, including a number of famous people not yet mentioned. $\endgroup$ – Eric Hirst Dec 24 '20 at 0:19

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