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The holidays are coming. Time to get out the beautiful table runner my grandmother quilted by hand...

table_runner_gif

Oh, no! Moths got to it!

Can you help me to restore it?




For those who prefer text only:

RGSRMVRB
EOAEEAEY
MTNGTLRD
SOHIIOES
DEMSNLER
DEHEITED
REPSAREP
SEHEITAR
DESSRNEV
DEHEIVAD
RECSINEB
RETLINAS
  MSINEC
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The table runner was constructed so that

for every pair of adjacent rows, the red letters spell a word left to right, and the greens spell a word right to left.

For instance, the top two rows have ROSEMARY in red; the second and third overlap to make MONETARY, and then the third and fourth make MONITORS. At the same time, the greens running right-to-left spell BEVERAGE, DELEGATE, DELIGHTS.


image with spelled words shown

Continuing this pattern, we get _EMLINES and CANIST_R in the last two rows, which can only be filled by H and E.

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  • $\begingroup$ rot 13 (V guvax "crevfurf" jbhyq or n orggre svg sbe gur 4gu ebj...) $\endgroup$ Dec 8 '21 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Quark-epoch Huh? I'm not sure what you mean by a "better fit" - the words are given by a strict pattern, and that word is not in there. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Dec 8 '21 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ im sorry i really didn't know how this kind of puzzle works ... I realised what you mean now! $\endgroup$ Dec 8 '21 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ Minor correction: rot13(Lbh unir "ERCRAGRQ" ba gur sbhegu ebj - vg fubhyq or "ERCRNGRQ". Vebavpnyyl nyzbfg n "ercrng" bs "ERCRNGRE"...) $\endgroup$ Dec 8 '21 at 14:49

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