This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series inaugurated by JLee with his original Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

Okay this should be fun and easy one. If a word adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Men Delivered Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

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In case you want it in CSV,

Men Delivered Words™,Not Men Delivered Words™

The puzzle relies on the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Men Delivered Words™ or not on its own.

  • $\begingroup$ This is fun, but this isn't related to easy in any way =P $\endgroup$
    – Seth
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Seth - Actually it is! :D Hope someone will crack it very soon. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:27

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The answer is

For each Men Delivered Word™ either the first three letters or the last three letters are the first three letters of the name of an element of the periodic table (thanks to Scronibulus for spotting the clarification).


Fattura ends with ura which starts uranium.
pluckiness begins with plu which begins plutonium.


selection $\rightarrow$ selenium
cobbler $\rightarrow$ cobalt
unit $\rightarrow$ nitrogen
calculator $\rightarrow$ calcium
bulletin $\rightarrow$ tin
behind $\rightarrow$ indium
christmas $\rightarrow$ chromium
antigua $\rightarrow$ antimony
proxy $\rightarrow$ oxygen

They are called Men Delivered words

This is because "Men Delivered" sounds a bit like "Mendeleevered" and Mendeleev is the father of the periodic table. Also "men" is a three-letter substring of Mendeleev and is purposefully separated in the puzzle definition.

  • $\begingroup$ That is it! Cool! A big green tick. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ Element contains MEN for Mendelevium, $\endgroup$
    – Sconibulus
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus- Only the first 3 or last three letters of the words. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Scronibulus Thank you for that, I hadn't noticed. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino - You can update in your answer stating only "first or last three letters of the words" $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:58

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