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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 a Watchful Word™.

This is a list of Watchful Words™ and Not Watchful Words™.

Watchful Word™ Not Watchful Word™
Sinovac Phizer
Paprika Pepper
Mayonnaise Mustard
Smart Stupid
Horsepower Watts
Nocturnal Diurnal
Daughter Son
Junior Senior
Azerbaijan Georgia
Lifeboat Barge
Decrease Increase

CSV:

Watchful Word™, Not Watchful Word™
Sinovac, Phizer
Paprika, Pepper
Mayonnaise, Mustard
Smart, Stupid
Horsepower, Watts
Nocturnal, Diurnal
Daughter, Son
Junior, Senior
Azerbaijan, Georgia
Lifeboat, Barge
Decrease, Increase

Hint:

The seventh is missing.

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A Watchful Word is

One which contains a substring corresponding to the first three letters in the name of a month of the year

Examples

Sinovac
Paprika
Mayonnaise
Smart
Horsepower
Nocturnal
Daughter
Junior
Azerbaijan
Lifeboat
Decrease

Hint

No word with jul (corresponding to July, the seventh month) is listed

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    $\begingroup$ Haha, you were ready for this question a long time (9 months) ago! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 22, 2021 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Haha, I had actually forgotten about the fact that you used this feature. But yes, lifeboat was a huge beacon for me, here. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Dec 22, 2021 at 10:53
  • $\begingroup$ Do we have a record for fastest solve?😅Accepting though there is still why they're named "Watchful". $\endgroup$
    – Helix Quar
    Dec 22, 2021 at 23:27

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