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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix


Figure out what these mixed up clues are supposed to be and solve the tribond, then repeat with the results!

Group 1: tubings, pertain, tissued
Group 2: thing, roster, scepters
Group 3: hated, lament, manors

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  1. Words:

    BUSTING, PAINTER, STUDIES

    Tribond (thanks to @Bass):

    GENRE? (my genre studies degree focused on a genre-busting genre painter) - although none of these three phrases are really familiar to me

  2. Words:

    NIGHT, RESORT, RESPECTS

    Tribond:

    LAST (last night, as a last resort, I paid my last respects)

  3. Words:

    DEATH, MENTAL, RANSOM

    Tribond:

    NOTE (while reading Death Note, I made a mental note to write my prisoner's ransom note)

Overall words:

GREEN, SALT, TONE

Tribond (thanks @Graylocke):

PEPPER (I put some salt and pepper on my green pepper bought from Tone's Pepper) - the last of these phrases is again something I'd never heard of, but this fits with the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't know if it helps, but rot13(cnvagre pbhyq nyfb or ercnvag). $\endgroup$ – user Jan 31 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps rot13(PNFR) is the one missing? with rot13(OBBX) at the end? $\endgroup$ – Graylocke Feb 1 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ The first tribond might be rot13("traer". Gura nantenzzvat ntnva jbhyq tvir trg "terra, fnyg, naq gbar", juvpu zvtug nyy pbaprvinoyl pbaarpg gb "syng".) $\endgroup$ – Bass Feb 2 at 2:14
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot to Bass and @Graylocke (can't ping you both in one comment) - I've edited to add your contributions, and I never would've got these (at least the first one) myself. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 2 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ The intended answer was rot13(rnegu - fnyg bs gur rnegu, terra rnegu, rnegu gbar - juvpu nyfb nantenzf gb urneg naq ungre sbe gur gvgyr), but that says more about the puzzle than the answer, so I'm going to accept this answer! $\endgroup$ – samm82 Feb 2 at 14:26

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