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Every day, I is making such gud puzzles but received no attention. My friends is laugh at me and make things more bad. I feel wounded. My younger sister telling to me that I need something. That something is such long word I not understand so she gives me a puzzle to find it. I not able to solve puzzle, pliz help.*


The word in question follows a special rule. Every day, it loses a letter and may subsequently rearrange itself to form a meaningful word again.

eg: STOP may become POT, TOP, SOT, etc., on the next day.
(Note that rearrangement is optional, and the word so formed must be meaningful.)

For the given word, the words formed after n days can be deciphered from the hints below:

  1. Not a state secret, but still confidential.
  2. Becomes chaotic when unplanned.
  3. Found in New York, but not anymore.
  4. He's been lost without a trace.
  5. This is a site for those who create, solve and study puzzles.
  6. Nothing goes unnoticed here.
  7. Best to wear this in a fight.

Hint:

The original word (i.e., on Day 0) is 9 letters long.


*Fictional

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    $\begingroup$ Does n=1 for "Not a state secret, but still confidential", etc? Or are these clues a non-ordered list? $\endgroup$ – Punintended Jun 16 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ They are in order. The serial number indicates n days have elapsed. $\endgroup$ – Kabir Kanha Arora Jun 17 at 2:05
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    $\begingroup$ are all the days hints referring to single words? are any of them proper nouns or multiple words? $\endgroup$ – SteveV Jun 18 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, each day's hint refers to a single word, none of them are multiple words. Each word is a dictionary word, but the hints may be using them as a proper noun. As an example, a hint may say '007' with the word being Bond, which is also a noun and a verb in the dictionary. $\endgroup$ – Kabir Kanha Arora Jun 18 at 4:11
  • $\begingroup$ The rot13(ynfg jbeq vf gjb yrggref) according to the hint. Would it still be following the rules if the word was rot13(purzvpny ryrzrag) $\endgroup$ – Elpharya Jun 18 at 12:53
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You need

DESALTING
(You are wounded and the friends 'make it worse', i.e., they rub salt into your wounds)

  1. Not a state secret, but still confidential.

GENITALS (keep these private!)

  1. Becomes chaotic when unplanned.

SEATING (at a wedding when you've invited exes)

  1. Found in New York, but not anymore.

GIANTS (American Football team whose stadium is in New Jersey)

  1. He's been lost without a trace.

STING (of The Police (band), who is "lost without a trace" in the song "Ev'ry Breath You Take")

  1. This is a site for those who create, solve and study puzzles.

GIST

  1. Nothing goes unnoticed here.

GIT (because I can see your pull requests?)

  1. Best to wear this in a fight.

GI (martial arts uniform)

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    $\begingroup$ gnatvoyrf? (orggre chmmyrf) qrfnygvat? (ybir naq pner) erfyngvat? (n arj crefcrpgvir) $\endgroup$ – Amoz Jun 18 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ Woohooo! You got everything but day 0 right! @Amoz is right about rot13(Qrfnygvat. Ur fnlf ur vf jbhaqrq. Uvf sevraqf znxr sha bs uvz gb znxr guvatf jbefr, v. r., gurl eho fnyg va uvf jbhaqf. Uvf jbhaqf arrq qrfnygvat :c) $\endgroup$ – Kabir Kanha Arora Jun 19 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain the reasoning behind Day 5? $\endgroup$ – Sid Jun 19 at 4:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid the day 5 statement is the gist of what this site is for. $\endgroup$ – Kabir Kanha Arora Jun 19 at 5:07
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    $\begingroup$ @KabirKanhaArora thank you, I did enjoy tackling the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Weather Vane Jun 19 at 7:16
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Possibly the word is

NEGATIVES (v) meaning to contradict and has synonyms deny and neutralize. In other words, fight back!

Day 1

VINTAGES - one's vintage (or age) is certainly confidential, though hardly a state secret

Day 2

STAVING - one meaning is to create a hole in a ships hull. If this was unplanned, chaos is a very real possibility (c.f. Titanic).

Day 3

GIANTS - the New York Giants (football) in New Jersey AND the San Francisco Giants (baseball) both moved away from New York. This means that, indeed, there are no more giants (sports-wise at least) in New York (thanks @shoover for word)

Day 4

STING - as @shoover points out, Sting (the Police) wrote/sang "I've been lost without a trace" in "Every Breath You Take".

Day 5

GIST, TIGS, TING - none of these seem to fit. The closest I see is tigs.in, which has some puzzles but they are not the purpose of the site.

Day 6

TIG - the definition of which is a "noticeable (but not violent) touch".

Day 7

GI - a garment worn for martial arts exhibitions. I suppose if you wore martial arts clothing, you may have advantage in a fight.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there a slight mis-count? Day 0 = 8, Day 1 = 7, Day 2 = 7 ... $\endgroup$ – Weather Vane Jun 18 at 23:55
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    $\begingroup$ @WeatherVane oops left the S off 0 and 1. probably because i liked it better without!. Fixed now, for what its worth $\endgroup$ – SteveV Jun 19 at 0:11
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Most of the puzzle was solved, but I offer two solutions for the title word, relevant to:

Someone help me heal my wounds
My younger sister telling to me that I need something. That something is such long word I not understand so she gives me a puzzle to find it.

Alginates
Alginates are medications that work through an alternative mechanism, by displacing the postprandial gastric acid pocket

or

Splintage
Splintage in the treatment of sagittal band incompetence and extensor tendon subluxation

These two can both lose one letter to become the 1st day's word, as answered:

Genitals

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