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This puzzle is based on 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 certain rule, I call it QPRJX Word™.

This is a list of QPRJX Word™ and Not QPRJX Word™.

QPRJX Word™ Not QPRJX Word™
the weird
first last
dumb clever
looked correspond
straw performance
misery patent
chain graze
lobby compensation
random acquaintance
cash hammer

Here is the CSV version:

QPRJX Word™,Not QPRJX Word™
the,weird
first,last
dumb,clever
looked,correspond
straw,performance
misery,patent
chain,graze
lobby,compensation
random,acquaintance
cash,hammer

What is the rule to determine if the word is QPRJX Word™ or not?

Bonus: Why is it called QPRJX Word™?

Hint 1:

Hint 2:

QAZWSXEDCRFVTGB

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    $\begingroup$ Just a note: you don't need to worry at all if someone doesn't solve the question immediately. In general, new hints are given after a day or so passes, to allow people in all timezones to have a crack at it. But don't feel obligated to ever give or remove a hint, do what you want :) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Dec 15, 2021 at 1:27

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I believe a word passes the rule if

When typing the word on a QWERTY keyboard, the paths taken to each letter should not intersect. This is more easily demonstrated with imaginary lines as shown below

1st QPRJX Word™ - misery misery

2nd QPRJX Word™ - random random

We can see that there are no intersecting lines. This also applies to all the other given words. Let's look at some words that do not satisfy this rule too

1st not QPRJX Word™ - graze graze

2nd not QPRJX Word™ - patent patent

Again, intersecting lines will be found in all words that are listed under not QPRJX Word™

That being said, I have no idea why it is called QPRJX Word™

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  • $\begingroup$ The answer was marked as accepted, but we still don't know why it's called a QPRJX Word. In fact, "qprjx" doesn't appear to be a QPRJX Word, according to this answer, since "QP" and "PR" overlap. Also, this doesn't work super well with the "QAZWSXEDCRFVTGB" clue, which seems to imply we should care about the columns on the qwerty keyboard. $\endgroup$
    – Stef
    Dec 17, 2021 at 10:46

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