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A is for Lucerne
K is for Jay-Z
M and N are for Panorama
R is for Misery and Enemy
S is for Riddler
Zed is for Radiator
Zee is for Statistics

What is D for?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice title BTW ;) $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2015 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ Aren't zee and zed just different pronunciations for the letter Z? I don't why they're split out here... $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2015 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know what D is for, but C is for Cookie and that's good enough for me. $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2015 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ How was this one for not being region-specific? ;-) (zed and zee) $\endgroup$ Jul 1, 2015 at 11:35

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I think I have at least a partial answer. The letters are

Greek letters, or rather the Greek letters corresponding to the given Latin ones.

Their relationship with the words is that

their names rhyme with synonyms of the given expressions.

So:

Alpha rhymes with alfalfa (the plant lucerne)
Kappa rhymes with rapper (Jay Z)
Mu and Nu rhyme with view (panorama)
Rho rhymes with woe and foe (misery and enemy)
Sigma rhymes with enigma (riddler)
Zeta (ZEE-tah) rhymes with heater (radiator)
Zeta (ZAY-tah) rhymes with data (statistics)

The difference between the two names of Zed and Zee reflects

the different pronunciation of "Zeta" in Britain and in America.

A shot at a solution:

I haven't found any relation between the letters and the prefixes to the rhymes or any overarching theme to the words. In my opinion, a letter can stand for many things, as in R above, and several letters can stand for one thing, as with M and N. (There are many letters rhyming with Zeta in the Greek alphabet.) So I pick one, maybe:

D is for Sanctuary.

But there may be well more to it that I have missed, so feel free to add and edit.

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    $\begingroup$ D could be delta. And you can have D for Shelter. Also, Sigma rhymes with Nygma (last name of the Riddler) $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 30, 2015 at 9:57
  • $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie: I'm definitely superhero impaired, so I didn't know about the Riddler. Your answer makes more sense than mine: E. Nygma is the Riddler and an enigma is just a riddle. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:11
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    $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie: My idea was that sanctuary can be a synonym for shelter to follow the original pattern. It's really just a random pick from the possibilities that fit the pattern. I think I'm msissing something here, but I can't find it. (I also can't find any connection to oil or brains or olied brains.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ Aaah, okay. D for Sanctuary makes a lot of sense. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:17
  • $\begingroup$ Great work, well done! D for Sanctuary is also nice, but the real challenge was to work out the underlying pattern :-) @CodeNewbie is right about Riddler though - it was meant to be Nygma and not enigma. $\endgroup$ Jul 1, 2015 at 11:26

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