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This is the same principle as here.

You seemed to enjoy the first ones, so here is another one. This one is in three lines, and the sentences give less direct clues (in my opinion), in order to be a bit more complicated. Let me know if you prefer this way, or the previous one. Or even if you don't like them at all!

You can find the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th letters attractive, unappealing or average, but everyone, included you, has one.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th can be seen running company.

And the 5th, 6th and 7th can be taken, shown or cleared.

What is the word we are looking for?


The next one is here.

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    $\begingroup$ Letters 3,4,5 made it too easy. as soon as I laid that down, it made the rest fall easily into place, and this isn't even my kind of puzzle. $\endgroup$ – TecBrat Jul 26 '16 at 13:52
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The answer is:

FACE-OFF.
Everyone has a face, which can be either attractive or unappealing to various people.
A CEO runs a company.
"Take off", "show off", and "clear off" are common English phrases.

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  • $\begingroup$ You are quick! I was about to answer the same. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Jul 26 '16 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ it is an easy puzzle, once you guess face. $\endgroup$ – Jasen Jul 26 '16 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ Damn, fast once again! Some feedback? Too easy? $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Jul 26 '16 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS Yeah, a bit too easy, but still enjoyable. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 26 '16 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's difficult for a puzzle of this sort not to be too easy, and I suspect (with no concrete evidence) that the happy region between "too easy" and "too hard" is very narrow. You're giving somewhat-straightforward definitions for short words, and the fundamental difficulty is that there just aren't that many short words to go round. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 19 '16 at 21:33
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I came up with the same answer as Deusovi:

XXceo
face
XXXXoff
FACEOFF

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