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Below are thirteen clues that describe paired words. The first word in each pair is an atrocious attribute. The second word is a fearful figure. The words in the pair share a sort-of stem (or simply a set) of consecutive letters.

Example: Shopworn shrieker states stale stories = banal banshee

  1. Building bedizenment battling bad breath
  2. Bustling bones belike buzzing bumblebee
  3. Candid composite corpse constructor
  4. Clever cackler who can conjure with a cauldron
  5. Counterfeit kidnapper
  6. Flirty fluid fleecer
  7. Form fitting fabric on feral full-moon fancier
  8. Halfling hater who is a philharmonic harpist
  9. Prejudiced and with pileous, prodigious pedes
  10. Reserved and preserved
  11. Serpent-stranded sister swallowing excessively
  12. Warmongering wishmaker with wispless warmth
  13. Wild haunter in the White House
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  • $\begingroup$ Can the consecutive letters be anywhere in the words? Or only the beginning $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Oct 28 '15 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a minimum number of letters in the stem? $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Oct 28 '15 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ Decorate and halitosis both share the letter "a", but I assume is not the answer you're looking for. $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Oct 28 '15 at 0:42
  • $\begingroup$ @DrXorile I opted to not reveal these hints, but since you've asked: this puzzle has the stems at the beginning, and they're at least 3 letters. $\endgroup$ – Mythi Oct 28 '15 at 0:51
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Some guesses (and a lot of help from the commentators!):

  1. Building bedizenment battling bad breath

    garlic-breathed gargoyle
    OP alternative: gargling gargoyle

  2. Bustling bones belike buzzing bumblebee

    skedaddling skeleton
    OP alternative: skeltering skeleton

  3. Candid composite corpse constructor

    frank Frankenstein

  4. Clever cackler who can conjure with a cauldron

    witty witch

  5. Counterfeit kidnapper

    bogus bogeyman

  6. Flirty fluid fleecer

    vampish vampire

  7. Form fitting fabric on feral full-moon fancier

    Lycra-wearing lycanthrope

  8. Halfling hater who is a philharmonic harpist

    orchestral orc

  9. Prejudiced and with pileous, prodigious pedes

    bigoted Bigfoot

  10. Reserved and preserved

    mum mummy

  11. Serpent-stranded sister swallowing excessively

    gorging Gorgon

  12. Warmongering wishmaker with wispless warmth

    genocidal genie
    OP alternative: jingoistic jinn

  13. Wild haunter in the White House

    political poltergeist

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  • $\begingroup$ Didn't expect such a fitting equivalent, so I'll just reveal that I intended #12 to be “jingoistic jinn". Thanks, Community! $\endgroup$ – Mythi Oct 29 '15 at 3:18
  • $\begingroup$ Jingoistic doesn't connote warmongering for me. But great puzzle. Thanks for the effort! $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Oct 29 '15 at 3:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks again for your efforts, Dr! I've edited your answer to include my alternative answers in case people were wondering. $\endgroup$ – Mythi Oct 30 '15 at 3:22
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1 - Building bedizenment (ornament or dressing, according to google) battling bad breath

Garlicy gargoyle (with thanks to Fillet)

5 - Counterfeit kidnapper

Bogus Bogeyman

7 - Form fitting fabric on feral full-moon fancier

Lycra-clad Lycanthrope

8 - Halfling hater who is a philharmonic harpist

Orchestral Orc

11 - Serpent-stranded sister swallowing excessively

Guzzling Gorging Gorgon

12 - Warmongering wishmaker with wispless warmth (borrowing from APrough's comment)

Genocidal Genie

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    $\begingroup$ Since at least the first 3 letters of each word pair are the same (per OP), might I suggest Gorging Gorgon for #11. $\endgroup$ – APrough Oct 28 '15 at 12:01
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed you might! $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Oct 28 '15 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ All 3 are correct, including the adjective forms I was intending :)...except #7 is special for obvious reasons $\endgroup$ – Mythi Oct 28 '15 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ I've added '-clad' to #7 - hopefully that flows a little better $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Oct 28 '15 at 14:54

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