This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody

I was feeling pretty confident and secure about my intellect so I decided to ask the Oracle for her opinion. I sent her a message and she responded immediately with three messages:

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What is this? An IQ test? I just wanna know how smart I am.


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You are...

...a Genius!


stab star sea
cab car key
jab jar ("jee")

tear toes tea
beer Bose bee
near nose ("nee")

bold bat bus
cold cat cuss
old at ("us")

...gives us:

"jee" + "nee" + "us" = genius.

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    $\begingroup$ Perfect answer. You must be one too! $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Aug 29, 2022 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ What is the merhod to derive the "word" for the question marks? $\endgroup$
    – KC Wong
    Aug 30, 2022 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ The method to go from the emoji to word is also perplexing. 3rd image middle row you can easily go "Freeze" "Feline" "Fuck". $\endgroup$
    – KC Wong
    Aug 30, 2022 at 6:02
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    $\begingroup$ @LieutenantZipp "old at us" means the initial consonant (the "onset", in linguistics term) is empty. The columns define the "rhymes", the rows define the "onsets". $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Aug 30, 2022 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ @KCWong: yes, there are lots of other words that fit for lots of the emoji. You can bet "stab" isn't the first word I thought of for the fencer! But it's kind of like a crossword puzzle...the wrong words might fit the emoji, but the end up not making sense in the bigger pattern. $\endgroup$
    – Qami
    Aug 30, 2022 at 13:19

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