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This puzzle is based off and inspired by the What is a Word™ series started by JLee that have grown into Word™, Phrase™, and Number™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a <ay.puann Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

<ay.puann Words™ Not <ay.puann Words™
AXLE ROD
BLIMP AIRSHIP
BLOB SPIKE
BLOWLAMP ACETYLENE
BRAWL FIGHT
CAMP BIVOUAC
COWLS HOODS
COWPOX VIRUS
COZY WARM
FABLE STORY
FOWLS DUCKS
FOXY CRAFTY
LUMPS BUMPS
OKRA PEAS
OWLS HAWKS
POMPOM CHEER
YOWLS CRY

In CSV format:

<ay.puann Words™,Not <ay.puann Words™
AXLE,ROD
BLIMP,AIRSHIP
BLOB,SPIKE
BLOWLAMP,ACETYLENE
BRAWL,FIGHT
CAMP,BIVOUAC
COWLS,HOODS
COWPOX,VIRUS
COZY,WARM
FABLE,STORY
FOWLS,DUCKS
FOXY,CRAFTY
LUMPS,BUMPS
OKRA,PEAS
OWLS,HAWKS
POMPOM,CHEER
YOWLS,CRY
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"<ay.puann", when typed on a Dvorak keyboard with software that is set up to think it has a QWERTY keyboard attached, results in the word "waterfall".

To determine whether a word is an <ay.puann word or not,

type it on a Dvorak keyboard. If the sequence of rows that you type on is top, middle, bottom (repeat) - starting anywhere in the sequence - then the word is an <ay.puann word.

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    $\begingroup$ Correct $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2021 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ Hah, thanks for the cross-reference to the other question - I hadn't seen that, I generally don't enjoy the "X Word" puzzles but for some reason this one caught my eye. It took me about 15 mins from when I first saw it to when I posted the solution, based on my browser history timestamps (12:26 to 12:41). $\endgroup$
    – Vicky
    Dec 7, 2021 at 13:26

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