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Our friends Alice and Bob must separate their finances. They divide up the first 18 items as follows.

Alice Bob
Apartment House
Fee Owe
Purchase Sell
Money Income
Lease Borrow
Debt Loan
Tax Buy
Collateral Lend
Renter Boarder

They're left with these 8 items to divide.

  • Bond
  • Deed
  • Interest
  • Land
  • Lien
  • Loss
  • Mortgage
  • Title

Can you follow the pattern to help Alice and Bob finish splitting the 26 items? The items will divide evenly.

Alice Bob
Apartment House
Fee Owe
Purchase Sell
Money Income
Lease Borrow
Debt Loan
Tax Buy
Collateral Lend
Renter Boarder
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Hint #1

The task is merely to separate the items, so order does not matter. 13 of the 26 items go to Alice, the other 13 items go to Bob.

Hint #2

The pattern does not depend on word length, vowel counting, or letter counting of any kind. No computer or calculator is required.

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    $\begingroup$ Alice and Bob really ought to hire a professional divorce arbitrator instead of asking random strangers on the internet. $\endgroup$
    – dan04
    Dec 3, 2021 at 23:32

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Alice gets the item whose etymology is Old French (just like her name).

Alice Bob
Lien Bond
Mortgage Deed
Title Land
Interest Loss
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