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This puzzle was created as part of Enigmarch, a daily puzzle construction challenge.


Here is no thoughtful hint.

②④_ machine
_⑦___ language
⑧⑤_ party
_⑨_ virus
⑥⑪_ network
⑫⑩_ display
__① test
③__ code
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This puzzle is about:

acronyms that are often used redundantly, like "PIN number" (which stands for "personal identification number number").

Using this, the blanks can be filled in:

ATM machine
COBOL language
GOP party
HIV virus
LAN network
LCD display
SAT test
UPC code

(These answers are in alphabetical order, which helps to confirm that they are correct, and fill any gaps.)

Then, the numbered circles spell out the answer, TAUTOLOGICAL.

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