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Here's my first puzzle attributed to the fortnightly topic, . I figured I'd try my hand at this series of pattern recognition puzzles.

Below is a chart listing words that fall into one or neither of two categories, Spiel Words™ and Spieg Words™ (though it should be noted that all Spieg Words™ are also Spiel Words™, they are just a more specific categorization). Mathematically speaking, the set of all Spieg Words is a subset of the set of all Spiel Words

Spieg Words™:

Cow
Law
Urn
Dear
Hear
Lamb
Lock
Made
Pear
Week
West
Apart
Liver
Ridge
Round
People

Spiel Words™:

Amp
Far
Red
Two
Atom
East
Find
Lace
Lose
Clock
Close
Range
South
Versa
Ground
Tenant
Picture

Neither

Oil
Buck
Dean
Dirt
Sear
Vice
Block
Crazy
Filth
Irate
North
Shark
Thief
Energy
Figure
Future
Zombie
Abridge
Electricity

Can you determine the rule I use to decide if I call it a Spiel Word™, a Spieg Word™, or neither? Feel free to ask below for certain words, but I ask that to avoid spamming up the question, if you have multiple, please ask them all at once.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this like a continuation of that other guy's posts? $\endgroup$
    – Klyzx
    Sep 10, 2015 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ what's with the tm jazz ? $\endgroup$
    – moonbutt74
    Sep 10, 2015 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ So the formal category "Spiel Words™", contains Spieg Words™, that are also Spiel Words™. And "Spieg Words™" contains words that are only Spieg Words™, but not Spiel Words™. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Sep 10, 2015 at 15:05
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    $\begingroup$ @alexmc well, I could tell you that originally, I had Spieg words called Be words and Spiel words were termed No words. Recalling the context of movies, does that help? $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Sep 18, 2015 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ I can't help but think this have something to do with Steven Spielberg $\endgroup$
    – Eli
    Sep 18, 2015 at 22:30

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"I had Spieg words called Be words and Spiel words were termed No words." This did it for me.

Spieg words are substrings in Best Picture Academy Award winners, Spiel words are substrings in nominees

A few examples:

Spieg

  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Lord of the Rings Return of the King

  • Spiel

  • The Champ
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Mildred Pierce
  • etc.

    All winners (Spieg words) were nominees, but not all nominees (Spiel words) won.

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    • $\begingroup$ Well done! Have a bounty for figuring it out after all this time (in 23 hours anyways when I can award it) $\endgroup$
      – NeedAName
      Nov 6, 2015 at 14:43
    • $\begingroup$ Thank you! This one had me stumped, because I just wasn't making the connection to "movies" $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2015 at 14:49

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