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  • awaited is for A
  • multidimensional is for B
  • terrified is for C
  • friendship is for D
  • hungarian is for E
  • visiting is for F
  • theatrical is for G
  • indivisible is for H
  • delicious is for I
  • distasteful is for J

What are footprint, criticism and maturity for?

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    $\begingroup$ I might be asking for too much of a hint, but would this pattern still work if the letter and word in each of these were reversed? i.e., "A is for awaited; B is for..." etc. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Nov 12 '15 at 18:56
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    $\begingroup$ It's K, L, and M - obviously because that's how you listed them. $\endgroup$ – Raystafarian Nov 12 '15 at 19:17
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I summed the words based on {a=1 ... z=26} and saw no particular pattern. I also used mod(x,26) to no avail. Also didn't get anywhere with the character map. It's tagged "pattern" and not "math" so maybe I'm overthinking it.. $\endgroup$ – Raystafarian Nov 13 '15 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ Would I be correct in thinking that topspin is for P? And is basins for R? $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Nov 13 '15 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ I tried treating each word as a binary number based on consonants and vowels but didn't get anywhere. $\endgroup$ – Josh Nov 18 '15 at 15:26
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footprint is for

Q

criticism is for

L

maturity is for

K


Explanation

The letters of interest in each word are those with a dot or a crossbar. In this set, they would be the letters i, t, or f. Letters with a dot denote a dot (or dit) in Morse code, while letters with a crossbar denote a dash (or dah). Extracting the special letters in the order that they occur in each word and translating them to Morse code gives us the below.

awaited = dot dash = A
multidimensional = dash dot dot dot = B
terrified = dash dot dash dot = C
friendship = dash dot dot = D
hungarian = dot = E
visiting = dot dot dash dot = F
theatrical = dash dash dot = G
indivisible = dot dot dot dot = H
delicious = dot dot = I
distasteful = dot dash dash dash = J
footprint = dash dash dot dash = Q
criticism = dot dash dot dot = L
maturity = dash dot dash = K

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! Can't believe I didn't get this - I've even seen a Sydney University puzzle with the same concept. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Nov 20 '15 at 1:19

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