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Show how the following words and phrases may be sorted into pairs.

REITERATING DRILLING MR GUM LONG
ANGLICANS MAN SINS ULSTER GRIPES
READ PAPER ENGAGE POLLS VOTED
PIPPIN MIND-MURDERS DISLIKING DIED
SCAB DRAINAGE MAMA EASILY
WIGWAMS GRIDS

Can you find another pair which fits into this group?

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Another pair which might fit here is:

HENCH and FERNS

Because:

These words can be paired up to form anagrams of gifts in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas!

Like so:

(12) MR GUM + MIND-MURDERS = DRUMMERS DRUMMING
(11) PIPPIN + GRIPES = PIPERS PIPING
(10) DRAINAGE + POLLS = LORDS A-LEAPING
(9) ANGLICANS + DIED = LADIES DANCING
(8) DISLIKING + MAMA = MAIDS A-MILKING
(7) MAN SINS + WIGWAMS = SWANS A-SWIMMING
(6) ENGAGE + EASILY = GEESE A-LAYING
(5) LONG + GRIDS = GOLD RINGS
(4) DRILLING + SCABS = CALLING BIRDS
(3) ...
(2) ULSTER + VOTED = TURTLE DOVES
(and a) REITERATING + READ PAPER = PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

My additional pair is similar and fills the gap left above:

(3) HENCH + FERNS = FRENCH HENS!


PS Regarding the title, 'A Pairing Puzzle for Christmas':

While the 'Christmas' connection to the song at the heart of this puzzle is evident ('The Twelve Days of Christmas'), it's very pleasing that the 'pairing' nature of the puzzle is also relevant to it, since the song's lyrics focus on the gifts given within a couple, i.e. a pair of lovers ('My true love sent to me...'). This makes the puzzle's word-pairing premise a really appropriate fit for the context!

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    $\begingroup$ Excellent and congratulations on reaching 40K in a year, a remarkable feat! $\endgroup$ – hexomino Dec 26 '20 at 14:34
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    $\begingroup$ @hexomino Well, thank you very much :) I've had a lot of fun here... Unfortunately next year I really need to turn a considerable amount of attention back to another personal project so I shan't be here quite so often... but I'm sure that resolve will quickly fade and I'll be camped out here again for much of it ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Dec 26 '20 at 15:11

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