# Restore the table runner

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

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
RECSINEB
RETLINAS
MSINEC


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.

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

• rot 13 (V guvax "crevfurf" jbhyq or n orggre svg sbe gur 4gu ebj...) Dec 8 '21 at 8:48
• @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.
– Deusovi
Dec 8 '21 at 8:52
• im sorry i really didn't know how this kind of puzzle works ... I realised what you mean now! Dec 8 '21 at 8:55
• Minor correction: rot13(Lbh unir "ERCRAGRQ" ba gur sbhegu ebj - vg fubhyq or "ERCRNGRQ". Vebavpnyyl nyzbfg n "ercrng" bs "ERCRNGRE"...) Dec 8 '21 at 14:49