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anagrams

Rules:

  1. Words are scrambled - i.e. anagrams.
  2. Valid paths - horizontally, vertically, diagonally.
  3. No words are with less than 5 letters.
  4. All words fall (more or less) within the same category - there are/could be other words as well, but they do not fall under the scope of this question.
  5. If a word is derived by another word and you can find both words - only the longest word counts. For example, if you find success and successful, only successful counts as a find.
  6. There are three 10-letter words and two 9-letter words on the grid.
  7. Only two words are formed diagonally.
  8. The words in total are 21.
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    $\begingroup$ This seems nearly impossible. Anagrams make it way too hard to actually find out what's intentionally in the grid and what's not. Solving this puzzle by hand is most likely going to take several hours of finding valid and invalid words, since there are so many options. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 27 '16 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ Well, that is why I introduced the rules - to make it easier to deduce what is a valid word and what is not. $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 27 '16 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ The only "rules" that narrow it down are 3 and 4. 3 doesn't do much (especially since anagrams have so many options), and 4 isn't helpful unless you already have a list of words. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 27 '16 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi, Will's answer looks like evidence that this isn't "nearly impossible" -- though it's certainly way tougher than a normal wordsearch. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 27 '16 at 22:19
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Indeed! Starting was tough, as I had words like "knell," "betrothing," and "preen" which are hardly related at all; though once I spotted a few obviously related words, a lot started to come from that. $\endgroup$ – Will Aug 27 '16 at 22:21
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The category connecting the words is

Intellect / skill (though the last few don't seem to fit so nicely)

and they are

CLEVER, BRIGHT, PERCEPTION, BRILLIANCE, EXPERT, WITTY, BRAINY, INTEL, KNOWLEDGE, SMART (thanks Acerfire37!), ABILITY, TALENT (forgive me lol), GENIUS, SHARP (black for clarity; thanks Lashit!), EXCELLENCE, CAPABLE, ADEPT (more forgiveness, please), ACUMEN, APTNESS, BRAVE, PERTINENCE

as shown below:

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    $\begingroup$ So far you are right. :) $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 27 '16 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ the row is actually shorter with one letter than the word you are trying to make. It wouldn't fit on the row. $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 27 '16 at 21:24
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    $\begingroup$ @MariaDeleva Ha, didn't even notice. So, then, is that not counting towards one of the 21 i imagine? $\endgroup$ – rgthree Aug 27 '16 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ I found Intuition too, but... there are only 2 I's on the word soup? $\endgroup$ – Yandrakus Aug 27 '16 at 21:34
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    $\begingroup$ I found "smart". The related words help a lot. I just searched up synonyms for the words you found already $\endgroup$ – Acerfire37 Aug 27 '16 at 21:40
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It appears the category is:

words to do with general intelligence.

So far, I've found 20 I'm confident in, + 3 more possibilities:

Excellence, Smart, Genius, Clever, Bright, Perception, Pertinence, Knowledge, Witty, Ability, Brilliance, Brainy (corrected), Adept, Acumen, Brave, Aptness, Sharp*, Talent*, Capable*, Expert*,

Others/Unsure: Rulers, Groove, Electing, Lenient

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Sharp from @LashitJain's comments
Talent, Capable, Expert from @Will's answer

Image:

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  • $\begingroup$ Rulers is not intended. Brain is a bit longer. $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 27 '16 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ @MariaDeleva Figured. How about groove? $\endgroup$ – rgthree Aug 27 '16 at 22:51

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