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Behold, the mystical Tree of B:

Tree_of_B


Notice that every path from trunk to canopy forms a word. You should see 16 words (from left to right: BLOOM, BLOOD, BLOWN, BLOWS, BLAND, BLANK, BLASÉ, BLAST, BROOK, BROOM, BROWN, BROWS, BRAID, BRAIN, BRASH, BRASS).


Once upon a time, the Tree of B had a sister tree, the Tree of C. Tragically, the Tree of C was chopped down by a horde of hideous hobgoblins. Here are her remains:

remains_of_Tree_of_C


Legend has it that whoever reassembles the Tree of C will be blessed with untold riches.



Text version:

The stump shows the letter C

The piled wood shows the following letters:
A, A, A, D, E, E, E, E, E, E, H, H, K, K, K, K, M, M, M, N, R, R, R, S, S, S, S, S, T, T
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  • $\begingroup$ I'm confused, not sure how half of the tags here apply or what else we might be supposed to do? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @LukasRotter — It looks like you knew what to do! I was unsure how to tag this puzzle. It is certainly a wordplay jigsaw puzzle. It is also a binary tree, but there are no tags for "binary tree". However, a tree is a type of graph, and a graph is geometrical in some people's minds. And, the puzzle involves a certain amount of topology because you need to connect things together in the right way! $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ A tree of D: drona drony drool droop dried drier drink drinn donum donut donee doney dorab doria dorts dorty $\endgroup$
    – A username
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 10:06

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Reassembled tree:

C
├── H
│ ├── E
│ │ ├── S
│ │ │ ├── T
│ │ │ └── S
│ │ └── E
│ │ ├── R
│ │ └── K
│ └── A
│ ├── R
│ │ ├── M
│ │ └── T
│ └── S
│ ├── E
│ └── M
└── R
├── E
│ ├── E
│ │ ├── K
│ │ └── D
│ └── A
│ ├── K
│ └── M
└── A
├── N
│ ├── K
│ └── E
└── S
├── H
└── S

Words:

CHEST, CHESS, CHEER, CHEEK, CHARM, CHART, CHASE, CHASM, CREEK, CREED, CREAK, CREAM, CRANK, CRANE, CRASH, CRASS

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  • $\begingroup$ I was surprised to find out that CRASE and CRANS are also (technically) valid. $\endgroup$
    – H.v.M.
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ @H.v.M. After CRA: N is followed by K or E (not S) and S is followed by H or S (not E). $\endgroup$
    – Paul Evans
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 16:24
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    $\begingroup$ @PaulEvans If you switch the last terminal E and S then H.v.M.'s tree works just as well. (The word "crase" being obsolete, notwithstanding). $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 17:13

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