Now that you are familiar with Cyclone Phrases™ and Scalable Phrases™, let's look at another kind of phrase.

If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Triad Phrase™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

(Warning there may be some spoilers in the comments below this puzzle, so beware)

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  • $\begingroup$ Can Triad Phrases have any number of words other than two? $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2015 at 9:38
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Yes. I just tried to keep the list small. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Jun 21, 2015 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ Now the question is... can we create a phrase that is a Cyclone Phrase™, Scalable Phrase™, and Triad Phrase™? ;) $\endgroup$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 22, 2015 at 2:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Alconja Damn, that's nice! [Quickly deletes comment offering 500 rep!] (If you want to hold me to it, I'll be fair) $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:41
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    $\begingroup$ @JLee :) Of course not. All in good fun. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:46

1 Answer 1


Is it this?

A Triad Phrase™ is one where the alternate letters of each word spell out another word.

peopleless fiacre

polls/epees & far/ice

poorest friend

poet/ors & fin/red

schooled stooge

shoe/cold & sog/toe

Probably called a Triad Phrase™ because

each word is made up of two other words

  • $\begingroup$ dainty -> dit? rounded -> rudd? Are these words? $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2015 at 10:07
  • $\begingroup$ Yes and yes. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 21, 2015 at 10:16
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Great job! I'm curious- how long did you think about this one before solving it, approximately? $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Jun 21, 2015 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ An hour and a half. Initially attempted putting words into sets of three letters each, or in a 3xn grid, to find a pattern. Eventually stumbled upon the solution. Great puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 21, 2015 at 22:56

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