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The 4 rows of words in the table below are each formed by following one rule.

Group Word 1 Word 2 Word 3
1 save scar trap
2 adore argue boy
3 cool dummy married
4 lovely mockery underdog

What is the rule?

Hint 1:

Think of this as a mathematical problem. The group numbers, they're pretty small to be math solutions right? Maybe take them as tens?

Hint 2:

Keyboard arrangement.

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Putting the two hints together gives a straightforward answer:

Treating the row #'s as 10's and assigning each letter a value equal to the digit above it on a keyboard (Q,A,Z=1 etc) we see the rows were created by finding words that sum to that row # (* 10) (the words were then placed in alphabetical order).
First Example: S2 A1 V4 E3 = 10 (row 1)
Last Example: U7 N6 D3 E3 R4 D3 O9 G5 = 40 (row 4)

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Partial Answer


Here is a very easy answer:

Each group is in alphabetical order.

If that is just on purpose, here is another answer:

Every first letter in word 1, word 2, word 3, are consecutive numbers according to Scrabble tile points.

For example:

SACL (Word 1) scores 6 points. SADM scores 7 points. The last one is TBMU, which scores 8.

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    $\begingroup$ You've got the word1, word2, word3 order right, but it still doesn't explain the grouping rule :D $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ I'll try to figure out.. $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ Time to wait for a hint! $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 12:50
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the group number for each group is (almost) the the tens place of the total score.

save (7) + scar (6) + trap (6) = 19

adore (6) + argue (6) + boy (8) = 20

cool (6) + dummy (13) + married (10) = 29?

lovely (12) + mockery (18) + underdog (11) = 41

It's clearly not quite right... but it's close?

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Group 3 - each word has a Sequentially repeated letter

another option.. in each group, words 1,2,3 are in alphabetical order?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi, welcome to PSE! I believe you missed it, but as pointed out in my post, the 4 groups of words all have one property on common, and a repeated letter does not apply to all of them. $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries Is getting the groups' properties and then finding the relation through them leads to an answer? (like a connect wall) $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 4:31
  • $\begingroup$ @IsaacRoanSison The answer to this puzzle is finding out what one rule makes each group. $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2021 at 12:06

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