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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #12: mobile-friendly puzzles.


This is the second part of the series "More Like This", named after the section in the Oxford Learner's Dictionary. Unfortunately, the first part was deleted.

It is for gathering the peculiar clues from various sites.
New clues are scheduled to appear in the spoiler at the end of this post.

Can you find anything in common in these clues?

These clues are divided into two groups. The solution words in Group 1 share a property that is not seen in the other group.

Group 1

  1. The Arabic metal
  2. Metal company
  3. A tool to help examine the inner structure of secret construction
  4. It is a way to tell people apart
  5. Fashionable home
  6. The first person in team regularly returns
  7. Light metal for a short duration
  8. Round height of interjection of excitement
  9. Return of a total victory - very healthy
  10. French metal, alternatively

Group 2

  1. Adolf Hitler's exclamation of pain
  2. Type of radio for linking after first person
  3. First article, not second article
  4. Perform first note
  5. Board game head
  6. That person's tag
  7. Refusal of poisonous gas
  8. Belonging to old French pioneer
  9. Heavy metal operating system
  10. The people I'm with are west and east

Try to solve the clues.

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These clues can be answered as follows:

Group 1:

1. The Arabic metal AL = [The [in] Arabic (AL)] & [metal (Al, Aluminium)]
2. Metal company CO = [Metal (CO, Cobalt)] & [company (CO.)]
3. A tool to help examine the inner structure of secret construction CT = [A tool to help examine the inner structure (CT)] & [(-constru)CT(-ion)]
4. It is a way to tell people apart ID = [It (ID, in Latin)] & [a way to tell people apart (ID, as in 'identification')] (thanks @caPNCApn in comments)
5. Fashionable home IN = [Fashionable (IN)] & [home (IN)]
6. The first person in team regularly returns ME = [The first person (ME)] & [(-t)E(-a)M<]
7. Light metal for a short duration MO = [Light metal (Mo, Molybdenum)] & [a short duration (MO)]
8. Round height of interjection of excitement OH = [round (O) + height (H)] & [interjection of excitement, (OH)]
9. Return of a total victory - very healthy OK = [Return of a total victory (KO<)] & [very healthy (OK)]
10. French metal, alternatively OR = [French metal (OR is ‘gold’ in French)] & [alternatively (OR)]

Group 2:

1. Adolf Hitler's exclamation of pain AH = [Adolf Hitler (AH)] & [exclamation of pain, (AH)]
2. Type of radio for linking after first person AM = [Type of radio (AM)] & [for linking after first person ([I]… AM)
3. First article, not second article AN = [First article (A) + not (N)] & [Second article (AN)]
4. Perform first note DO = [Perform (DO)] & [first note (DO, in Solfege)]
5. Board game head GO = [Board game (GO)] & [head (GO, as in ‘leave’)]
6. That person's tag IT = [That person (IT)] & [tag (IT, the playground game)] (I can also see an argument for this one being HE, as some games of tag use the word ‘He’ to represent the player who has to catch the others…)
7. Refusal of poisonous gas NO = [Refusal (NO)] & [poisonous gas (NO, Nitrogen Monoxide)
8. Belonging to old French pioneer OF = [Belonging to (OF)] & [old (O) + F(-rench)]
9. Heavy metal operating system OS = [Heavy metal (Os, Osmium)] & [operating system (OS)]
10. The people I'm with are west and east WE = [The people I’m with (WE)] & [W (west) + E (east)]

What do those in the first group have in common that those in the second do not? They are all...

...abbreviations for US states!

AL = Alabama, CO = Colorado, CT = Connecticut, ID = Idaho, IN = Indiana, ME = Maine, MO = Missouri, OH = Ohio, OK = Oklahoma, OR = Oregon.

None of those in Group 2 are.

Also worth noting:

The prominent use of '2' in the title and talk of this being the 'second' puzzle in a (fictional) series are both pointers that we are looking exclusively for 2-letter words!

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  • $\begingroup$ I wonder if #4 in group 1 is the first rot13(&yvg qqrs gung V'ir frra: jvgu "VQ" zrnavat "vqragvsvpngvba" naq "vq", nf va "vq, rtb, naq fhcre-rtb") $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Jul 8, 2023 at 6:14
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    $\begingroup$ @samm82 I contemplated that, but I didn't enough about psychology to be confident there :) I thought that that part of the psyche was more to do with impulses than identity, necessarily. I also tried to make "I had" or "I would" fit there but can't quite shoehorn it in... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 8, 2023 at 6:17
  • $\begingroup$ just as a side note: as a German speaker, A.H. probably would have said "Au!" = "Ouch!" for expressing pain, not necessarily "ah!", which in German is more an expression of astonishment (well, could also be used for pain). But this doesn't change anything in the final result. $\endgroup$
    – theozh
    Jul 8, 2023 at 6:35
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    $\begingroup$ samm82 is on the right track rot13(vq zrnaf vg va yngva) $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Jul 8, 2023 at 6:43
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    $\begingroup$ @DrXorile Indeed, I have the same quibble myself. I think the OP is basing this off it having a 'relatively low' atomic number in comparison to the higher numbered metals...! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 8, 2023 at 14:44

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