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SHED  HEAT  VIES  WING  RING  END  SUE  ?  ROTE  SET  ORB
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The missing link is the word:

PIN

Why? Because if we consider this 'food chain'...

In every pair of adjacent 'fish' (i.e. words) the fish/word on the left can eat the fish/word to its immediate right in order to form a longer word. Here, 'eating' implies placing the right-hand word whole between two of the letters of the left-hand word.

So, for example, when SET eats ORB on the right-hand end, we get S(ORB)ET. And when SHED eats HEAT on the left-hand end, we get S(HEAT)HED.

We therefore need to add the word...

PIN, in order to get SU(PIN)E when SUE eats PIN, and P(ROTE)IN when PIN eats ROTE.

The fully resolved food chain thus works out as:

S(HEAT)HED-HEA(VIES)T-VIE(WING)S-W(RING)ING-R(END)ING-EN(SUE)D-SU(PIN)E-P(ROTE)IN-RO(SET)TE-S(ORB)ET

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