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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #7: Board games.


Instructions (adapted from The GCHQ Puzzle Book (2016) and the introductory puzzle here on Puzzling Stack Exchange): The words in the following list can be partitioned into equal-sized sets depending on words associated with them; each set has its own word association method. This list is arranged so that these associated words are in alphabetical order. One of these sets is missing a member, so you have to work out where in the list the associated word fits alphabetically, and hence where the word itself should appear in the list. The list should be read from left to right and top to bottom and is only written in columns for convenience. (See the introductory puzzle for a more detailed explanation and an example.)


The question to answer is:

Where does 'NUMBER' fit in the following list?

APPLE CENTRAL WESTERN ILL SLEEVE GEO FLOP
FREEZE BASKET TRICK GREAT ART SKIPPER HORSE
RECHECKS CHEST AVID MIDDLE COMPANY STANDARD VAGUE
TRAIN SCENE NEW JAIL TAX PRAWN RIDER
FILE LOUD ALMANAC ARIA DIGGER CLUSTERED SPORT
IRE SHOP ENTER SOME BEE AM CHARLOTTE
OM WITTERS WORKS FLIGHT FOOL CRAMP HIS

Crucially this time, every set relates to board games in some way.

In the first instance, please hold off posting partial answers unless you think you have found at least half of the correct word associations (although if you make it that far, why not push to complete the whole puzzle!). Thank you, and enjoy!

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  • $\begingroup$ By any chance, are NEW and JAIL the wrong way round? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 27, 2023 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino Nope :) Thanks for checking though - it's very easy to make a mistake when setting these up! Sounds like one of your set members might not be quite right... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 27, 2023 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, the JAIL is probably wrong so I might need something else to fit in that category. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 27, 2023 at 17:39

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Categories:

1. Second word of Operation piece, take first word
2. First word of Risk region, take second word
3. Guess Who character with first letter removed, take original name
4. Second word of phrase whose first word is a chess piece, take chess piece
5. First few letters of Trivial Pursuit category, take category color
6. Synonym of Stratego piece, take original piece
7. Settlers of Catan resource with first letter changed, take original resource
8. Anagram of the name of a board game, take original name of game
9. Second word of Monopoly space, take first word
10. Word that rhymes with last name of Clue character, take original name

Matchings:

APPLE - ADAM’S - Operation
CENTRAL - AMERICA - Risk
WESTERN - AUSTRALIA - Risk
ILL - BILL - Guess Who
SLEEVE - BISHOP - Chess
GEO - BLUE - Trivial Pursuit
FLOP - BOMB - Stratego
FREEZE - BRAIN - Operation
BASKET - BREAD - Operation
TRICK - BRICK - Catan
GREAT - BRITAIN - Risk
ART - BROWN - Trivial Pursuit
SKIPPER - CAPTAIN - Stratego
HORSE - CHARLIE - Operation
RECHECKS - CHECKERS - Anagram
CHEST - COMMUNITY - Monopoly
AVID - DAVID - Guess Who
MIDDLE - EAST - Risk
COMPANY - ELECTRIC - Monopoly
STANDARD - FLAG - Stratego
VAGUE - GENERAL - Stratego
TRAIN - GRAIN - Catan
SCENE - GREEN - Clue
NEW - GUINEA - Risk
JAIL - IN - Monopoly
TAX - INCOME - Monopoly
PRAWN - KING - Chess
RIDER - KNIGHT - Chess
FILE - LIFE - Anagram
LOUD - LUDO - Anagram
NUMBER - LUMBER - Catan
ALMANAC - MANCALA - Anagram
ARIA - MARIA - Guess Who
DIGGER - MINER - Stratego
CLUSTERED - MUSTARD - Clue
SPORT - ORANGE - Trivial Pursuit
IRE - ORE - Catan
SHOP - PAWN - Chess
ENTER - PINK - Trivial Pursuit
SOME - PLUM - Clue
BEE - QUEEN - Chess
AM - SAM - Guess Who
CHARLOTTE - SCARLET - Clue
OM - TOM - Guess Who
WITTERS - TWISTER - Anagram
WORKS - WATER - Monopoly
FLIGHT - WHITE - Clue
FOOL - WOOL - Catan
CRAMP - WRITER’S - Operation
HIS - YELLOW - Trivial Pursuit

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I was still missing two categories. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 27, 2023 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ 🤯 well done, that's a lot of figuring out, and in only a few hours! $\endgroup$
    – lxop
    Feb 28, 2023 at 1:48
  • $\begingroup$ All correct - nice work! Checkmark awarded... :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 28, 2023 at 9:50

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