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I'm looking for a two-word phrase.


      EAT       (NOP)
      CON       (JKL)
      NOW       (TUV)
      NOW       (TUV)
      CON       (JKL)
      ICE       (OPQ)
      EAR       (HIJ)
      END       (MNO)
      PIC       (FGH)
      ALE       (UVW)
      ALE       (UVW)
      PIC       (FGH)
      AGE       (STU)
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The two-word phrase is:

MISSING LETTER

All of the triplets in the left-hand column are actually:

four-letter words missing their initial letter. That missing initial letter is also the one which precedes the three alphabetically consecutive letters that appear in parentheses in the right-hand column.

So the first line is missing the 'M' for MEAT (with the alphabetical sequence MNOP...), the second is missing the 'I' for ICON (IJKL), and other letters that appear here are the 'S' for SNOW (STUV), 'N' for NICE (NOPQ), 'G' for GEAR (GHIJ), 'L' for LEND (LMNO), 'E' for EPIC (EFGH), 'T' for TALE (TUVW), and 'R' for RAGE (RSTU).

Read downwards, these initials spell MISSING LETTER.

As for the title:

this conforms to the same rule, revealing that 'They're all FOURS (FGHI), implying that all the 'three-letter' words here are actually concealed four-letter words!

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  • $\begingroup$ Quick. Well done! $\endgroup$ Jul 1 at 12:23

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