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There's rhyme and reason behind the following 10-step sequence of words and phrases:

1. HUSK
2. BE COMELY

3. TRACKED
4. NOT HOOK

5. KICK TIPS
6. CUSP

7. ALMIGHTY
8. THREATS

9. BEFIT
10. ?

The name of which country could replace the question mark above?

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Nice puzzle. The country that could replace the question mark is:

GHANA

Because:

Each pair of words and phrases are an anagram from the nursery rhyme ONE TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One,_Two,_Buckle_My_Shoe)

HUSK & BE COMELY =

BUCKLE MY SHOE ( 1, 2 BUCKLE MY SHOE)

TRACKED & NOT HOOK =

KNOCK AT THE DOOR ( 3. 4 KNOCK AT THE DOOR)

KICK TIPS & CUSP =

PICK UP STICKS (5, 6 PICK UP STICKS)

ALMIGHTY THREATS =

LAY THEM STRAIGHT (7, 8 LAY THEM STRAIGHT)

which leaves BEFIT =

A BIG FAT HEN (9, 10 A BIG FAT HEN) - The remaining letters after removing 'BEFIT' from 'A BIG FAT HEN' are AGAHN - which is an anagram of GHANA

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is an anagram of LAY THEM STRAIGHT, confirming the need to rearrange the words into the correct order

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  • $\begingroup$ A perfect answer - well done :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jan 14 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Gurer'f n "eulzr" naq ernfba)... very nice $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Jan 14 at 17:36

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