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If a word has a certain property, I call it a Regular Word™.

You can use the examples below to find the property:

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Regular Words™}}&\bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Not Regular Words™}}\\ \hline \text{NAP}&\text{SLEEP}\\ \hline \text{AXED}&\text{FIRED}\\ \hline \text{QUIT}&\text{EXIT}\\ \hline \text{WHIZ}&\text{GENIUS}\\ \hline \text{DEATH}&\text{EXPIRY}\\ \hline \text{GREEK}&\text{LATIN}\\ \hline \text{BOXING}&\text{FIGHTING}\\ \hline \text{KIDNAP}&\text{ABDUCT}\\ \hline \text{OBJECT}&\text{THING}\\ \hline \text{REVIEW}&\text{PERUSE}\\ \hline \text{SPHINX}&\text{RIDDLER}\\ \hline \text{HEXAGON}&\text{PENTAGON}\\ \hline \text{MOSQUES}&\text{TEMPLES}\\ \hline \text{FEMINISM}&\text{EQUALITY}\\ \hline \text{LUXURIANT}&\text{LAVISH}\\ \hline \text{CONTEXTUAL}&\text{RELATED}\\ \hline \text{EXCAVATION}&\text{DIGGING}\\ \hline \text{JUXTAPOSES}&\text{OVERLAPS}\\ \hline \text{PERPLEXITY}&\text{CONFUSION}\\ \hline \text{INTOXICATES}&\text{INEBRIATES}\\ \hline \end{array} $$

For those without MathJax, or if you want to pop this into a spreadsheet, here is a CSV version:

Regular™,Not Regular™
NAP,SLEEP
AXED,FIRED
QUIT,EXIT
WHIZ,GENIUS
DEATH,EXPIRY
GREEK,LATIN
BOXING,FIGHTING
KIDNAP,ABDUCT
OBJECT,THING
REVIEW,PERUSE
SPHINX,RIDDLER
HEXAGON,PENTAGON
MOSQUES,TEMPLES
FEMINISM,EQUALITY
LUXURIANT,LAVISH
CONTEXTUAL,RELATED
EXCAVATION,DIGGING
JUXTAPOSES,OVERLAPS
PERPLEXITY,CONFUSION
INTOXICATES,INEBRIATES
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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, but I didn't understand what exactly I have to solve. $\endgroup$ – BlackPanda Sep 23 '16 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ @BlackPanda all the Regular words share a specific property/pattern which is not valid for the Not Regular words. You can look at older puzzles tagged word-property (click on the tag) for examples. $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Sep 23 '16 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @BlackPanda Read the tag wiki about word-property. $\endgroup$ – haykam Sep 24 '16 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ Oh okay, so I had to define what a regular word is. Anyway it's solved. Thanks for the tip. $\endgroup$ – BlackPanda Sep 24 '16 at 15:39
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A Regular Word™ is a word in which

The length of the word is the same as the distance between the first and last letters in the alphabet.

In other words, the number of letters between the first and last letters of the word is also the number of letters between them in the alphabet.

for example

"MOSQUES" has the same number of letters as "MNOPQRS," and "EXCAVATION" has the same number of letters as "EFGHIJKLMN"

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    $\begingroup$ I'm curious how you found the solution $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Sep 24 '16 at 5:15
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain It started coming together for me when I noticed that Regular Words ended with letters that came after their starting letter (there was also the misguided but coincidentally helpful observation that N+A=P). It would have been interesting if words such as VELVETEEN, SHARPSHOOTING, and RIBONUCLEOTIDE were also Regular Words - I'm not sure I would have figured it out if they were. $\endgroup$ – Will Sep 24 '16 at 6:20

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