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I was digging in my dad's trunk and I found some sort of 1940s secret decoder ring. Not quite sure how it works, but anyway, one of the lines has become almost illegible (#T#######). Can someone help me to restore it?


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     |    RELEASED     |
     |  CONTRIVANCE    |
     |   RETRIBUTION   |
     |    BELIEVED     |
     |    EMBATTLED    |
     |    UNMARKED     |
     |   DISPATCHED    |
     |   ENCOURAGE     |
     |   DISSENTER     |
     |    INSEMINATE   |
     |   PROPORTION    |
     |   CONFOUNDED    |
     |    SQUIRMING    |
     |    #T#######    |
     |   PREFECTURE    |
     |  UNDETERRED     |
     |    DELECTABLE   |
     |  CONGREGATION   |
     |   SUCCESSIONAL  |
     |   UNIMPEDED     |
     |   OVERDRESSED   |
     |    FORGOING     |
     |    DECEIVING    |
  
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Let me take a closer look at your ring... ah, it seems you missed

the small crack running down the middle, all the way around the ring.

So if you just pull here, and push this way...

you can separate the two halves, and twist them a bit relative to each other!
word list, with right halves of words moved up by one

Now this makes the new words SQUI????? and ?T??CTURE. The latter has to be STRUCTURE or STRICTURE, and the only way to complete STR[u/i]????? and SQUI????? the same way is with GGLE[s/d/r].

So the missing word is STRUGGLES! (Or STRUGGLED, or (less likely) STRUGGLER).

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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Gur zvffvat jbeq frrzf gb unir avar yrggref, znlor lbh arrq gb znxr vg cyheny?) $\endgroup$
    – wimi
    Jul 13, 2021 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ I chose the plural just to make it more intimidating, but I will accept either singular or plural. The solving logic is the same. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Jul 13, 2021 at 13:04
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    $\begingroup$ @SlowMagic Ah, my bad - I had that at first, but then saw the ambiguity and recounted... and then miscounted that time around. Fixed! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jul 13, 2021 at 18:01

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