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After their recent financial division our friends Alice and Bob thought they had seen the last of each other. To their surprise, they ran into each other over their winter holidays, both having unknowingly booked the same resort.

"I'm staying in 176, want to drop by for a game of checkers?" Bob asked.

Alice replied, "I'd rather go to the theater, but how about a game of Skrabelle? I'm in Cabin 87." Skrabelle is as you may know a public domain tiled word game.

The two meet up for a game; several minutes into it, Alice comments on Bob's word choices. "What unappealing words you've played, Bob: CANDIDATE, INTEGRITY, UNITED, CHARGE. The only one I like is PEOPLE."

"I was thinking the same thing of most of your choices, Alice," replied Bob. "SCORE, CONTINENT, DEDICATED, and ENDURE are all quite boring, though I will say that GOVERNMENT is appealing."

Alice and Bob finish their game having 20 words on the board, then take turns opining on the qualities of the words played. Some words only Alice likes, other words only Bob likes, and some words are liked by both (every word in the list is liked by at least one). Their likes are tabulated below.

Word Liked By
CANDIDATE Bob
CHARGE Bob
CIVIL Alice
CONTINENT Alice
DEDICATED Alice
ENDURE Alice
EQUAL Alice
GOVERNMENT Both Alice & Bob
GREAT Both Alice & Bob
HALLOW Alice
INDEPENDENT Bob
INTEGRITY Bob
PEOPLE Both Alice & Bob
PORTION Both Alice & Bob
SCORE Alice
SEVEN Both Alice & Bob
SPECIAL Bob
UNITED Bob
WAR Both Alice & Bob
WRONG Bob

Can you help our friends Alice and Bob figure out the pattern to their word interests? What kinds of words are liked by Alice only, Bob only, or both? Can you find at least one other word they both like?

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One word they both like might be

God

All of the words Alice likes

are in Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address.

All of the words Bob likes

are in Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers Speech.

Clues in the text

Bob is staying in 176. Nixon's speech was 176 years after the founding of the USA. Alice is staying in cabin 87. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin and his speech was given 87 ("four score and seven") years after the founding of the USA. Also Bob wanted to play Checkers and Alice wanted to go to the theater. (Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at the theater.)

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