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It's been a while since we have seen one of these (as originally created by Prem), and I thought people might enjoy another one. (See the original for the solution format.)

My first is the conclusion of all.
My second is the beginning of all.
My third is the requirement of all.
My fourth is the ceasing of all.

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  • $\begingroup$ Any letterplay in this one? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 23 '15 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Not on this one. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jun 23 '15 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ this looks hard $\endgroup$ – Alex Jun 23 '15 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ 'all' is each sentence is referring to the same group, or this is not necessary the case? $\endgroup$ – Alex Jun 23 '15 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ We should have a gnomic tag for puzzles like this. $\endgroup$ – squeamish ossifrage Jun 24 '15 at 8:12
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Here is my answer:

D O N E
O P E N
N E E D
E N D S

Explanation:

"Done" is a way to describe conclusion (ending) of an activity or experience.
"Open" describes a beginning, as in "the opening number of a show".
"Need" describes a requirement: "You need good grades to get into MIT."
"Ends" is a bit of a stretch, because it's plural, but a "ceasing" is an end.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very well done. Stupid needing a plural, so I'll pretend that I meant the "end of all" means the "ends" as all could imply multiple items :-D $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jun 24 '15 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ What a relief to finally see the answer. +1 $\endgroup$ – Alex Jun 24 '15 at 16:36

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