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A list of words (one is a possessive noun) is missing. There is only one list that's correct. Can you find it?


I am round, have a twin and you use me everyday to find your way.

I am round, very bright and you see me as a tiny dot when in reality I am extremely large.

I look like your best friend, the one that's part of your family, but I'm wild and only to be found down under.

I am owned and used daily by a lot of people all over the world. I need some type of fuel to function and it's common that people want me to look fancy.

I am what some guys do to a pan to demonstrate their strength.

I am related to heat but I'm also contained in the name of a greedy animated character from a very popular sitcom.

I am a very well known city and people seem to love me, it says so on their t-shirts.

       [+][+][+][][][-]       
       [][][][-][+][+][+][+]     
       [+][+][+][][][][][-]   
       [-][][][+][+][+][+][+]       
       [+][+][+][-][][][]     
       [+][+][+][-][][][]    
       [+][+][+][][][-]       

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First to answer the clues...

I am round, have a twin and you use me everyday to find your way. = EYE

I am round, very bright and you see me as a tiny dot when in reality I am extremely large. = STAR

I look like your best friend, the one that's part of your family, but I'm wild and only to be found down under. = DINGO

I am owned and used daily by a lot of people all over the world. I need some type of fuel to function and it's common that people want me to look fancy. = CAR

I am what some guys do to a pan to demonstrate their strength. = BEND

I am related to heat but I'm also contained in the name of a greedy animated character from a very popular sitcom. = BURN (from Mr Burns in The Simpsons)

I am a very well known city and people seem to love me, it says so on their t-shirts. = NYC (New York City)

We now need to manipulate these words to form other words in a set. The 7 sets of square brackets with '+' and '-' symbols explain how:

Matching each word to its respectively ordered 'bracket row', the word should be positioned in the spaces that do not contain '+' symbols. Then wherever there is a '-' symbol, the letter should be deleted.

We are then left with 7 half-deciphered words as follows:

[+][+][+][E][Y]
[S][T][A][+][+][+][+]
[+][+][+][D][I][N][G]
[A][R][+][+][+][+][+]
[+][+][+][E][N][D]
[+][+][+][U][R][N]
[+][+][+][N][Y]

We now suspect that we need to find a set of related words (likely a complete set) that can probably be put into the bracketed spaces containing '+' symbols to form other real words. This can be done if we use...

...the 7 days of the week - specifically, MON, TUES, WED, THURS, FRI, SAT and SUN:

[M][O][N][E][Y]
[S][T][A][T][U][E][S]
[W][E][D][D][I][N][G]
[A][R][T][H][U][R]'[S] (this is the possessive noun mentioned in the puzzle)
[F][R][I][E][N][D]
[S][A][T][U][R][N]
[S][U][N][N][Y]

And the puzzle is complete!

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  • $\begingroup$ That's crazy, almost exactly the same time :D I just made a small change to make it consistent. The 6th one. Missed letters. But if you could just change that it would be great. Good job, and nicely explained! $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2023 at 19:41
  • $\begingroup$ You know what, nvm. I'll edit back to the previous post. Realized it won't work for 3rd either. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2023 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Prim3numbah Ha, how funny! I imagine the alternative was possibly rot13(TNGR naq FNGHENGR), but then of course yes number 3 causes some issues! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 22, 2023 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ That was exactly it. Yes, so I'll just let it be as it is. And also, in the title, I tried to sneak in a suiting word related to this puzzle. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2023 at 20:08

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