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Each line refers to one word - find them!

26. Who needs a best friend?
26. all powerful.
50. Doctors lose business.
63. Judging books now, are we?
73. I point and squeak!
94. Clay-making magic!

Hint:

1. The puzzle is not coming from a crossword.
2. The words are not connected to each other. I.e. There are 6 separate puzzles...

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  • $\begingroup$ This sounds like a crossword type puzzle, so are there lengths of words available? $\endgroup$ – Klyzx Feb 28 '16 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ ummm ... not really but sort of :-) :-) (it's part of the puzzle- when you get it you'll know ;-) $\endgroup$ – Ben Feb 28 '16 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ are the numbers relevant? Can I be confident my 6 words are correct because of some relationship to the numbers? $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Feb 28 '16 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ @KateGregory yes exactly $\endgroup$ – Ben Feb 28 '16 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ I like the way one clue is fairly easy, two other clues help deduce the system, and the last clue is truly mysterious. I even tried "pygmalion" $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 28 '16 at 20:19
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​26. Who needs a best friend?
​26. all powerful.

dog (or its reverse)

Almost there:

             D    O   G
             4 + 15 + 7  =  26. Who needs a best friend?.
 
             G    O   D
             7 + 15 + 4  =  26. all powerful.
 
   A    P    P    L   E
   1 + 16 + 16 + 12 + 5  =  50. Doctors lose business.
 
   C    O    V   E    R
   3 + 15 + 22 + 5 + 18  =  63. Judging books now, are we?
 
   M    O    U    S   E
  13 + 15 + 21 + 19 + 5  =  73. I point and squeak!
 

So close:

  P    O    R   C   E    L   A    I    N
 16 + 15 + 18 + 3 + 5 + 12 + 1 +  9 + 14  =  93. Clay-making magic!

           C   A    S    S   I    U    S
           3 + 1 + 19 + 19 + 9 + 21 + 19  =  91. Clay-making magic!

           R    O    W    L   I    N   G
          18 + 15 + 23 + 12 + 9 + 14 + 7  =  98. Clay-making magic!
 

Thank you, @IvanBarreto and @manshu!:

    P    O    T    T   E    R
   16 + 15 + 20 + 20 + 5 + 18   =  94. Clay-making magic!
 

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    $\begingroup$ Last one would've been thought of by a Potter. $\endgroup$ – MathET Feb 28 '16 at 20:33
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    $\begingroup$ Why didn't you used the word "Potter" in your edit? $\endgroup$ – manshu Feb 28 '16 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @manshu, It was one of the first words i tried but got the math wrong. Sheesh. $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 28 '16 at 21:22
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Not sure about the rest, but the fifth line is

mouse, referring to the compute mouse and the animal.

The others may be similar.

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  • $\begingroup$ ok. good start! p.s. it's not coming from any crossword... $\endgroup$ – Ben Feb 28 '16 at 15:59
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A wild shot in the dark.

Are the 3rd and 4th:

Under - as in: no more bills after the patient goes under.
Cover - as in: don't judge a book by it's cover.

In which case the first could be:

Cat - since we have undercover mouse: a cat's toy.
We also have find it in the title...

Can't fit the rest so probably barking up the wrong tree.

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