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This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle.


  • The answers to the following nine clues are closely linked. (Their link is related to wordplay, and not related to the semantic meanings of the solutions.)
  • The clues are straightforward; they are not . They are the type of clue you might find in a typical New York Times crossword puzzle.
  • If you have them all, it should be obvious that they are correct.
  • Each clue results in a word/phrase of exactly 10 letters.
  • Once you have found the nine answers, use them all to find another word, which is the solution to this puzzle.

    1. Lighting of the candle at both ends
    2. Keeping track of religious works of art
    3. Referencing the creator of Klingons
    4. Being another person generating neologisms
    5. A spasm that just won't go away
    6. An alcoholic's take on a popular cocktail
    7. Studying the night sky with Galileo
    8. Organic fibre separated from its seeds by me
    9. Bullet point on a pigeon enthusiast's profile
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  • $\begingroup$ Every time I read #5, I come up with the pun "persisTIC". $\endgroup$ – Bobson Nov 23 '16 at 21:35
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Here are the answers to the clues. (Thanks to Alconja in the Sphinx's Lair and boboquack here, for spotting #7 after I was unable to!)

1. CO-IGNITION
2. ICON NOTING
3. CITING COON
4. COINING TOO
5. ONGOING TIC
6. GIN, NO TONIC
7. NOTICING IO
8. COTTON I GIN
9. INTO COOING

These have

common letters INCOGNITO; and their extra letters, in order ... are also INCOGNITO. (Neat!)

So the intended final answer is

INCOGNITO (its anagram COGNITION might seem possible but note that the title also hints at INCOGNITO as answer; thanks to GPR for pointing me at this, which I had totally missed).

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  • $\begingroup$ In case it's confusing, GIN can be a verb, meaning "to use a gin". $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Nov 24 '16 at 2:50
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Possibilities for some of the clues...

Feels right:

  1. An alcoholic's take on a popular cocktail

Virgin Mary ("Virgin" meaning alcohol-free, Bloody Mary being the original)

  1. Studying the night sky with Galileo

Star gazing

Speculative/partial

  1. Keeping track of religious works of art

Record icon

  1. Referencing a Star Trek writer

Citing Gene

  1. A spasm that just won't go away

endless/nonstop tic

  1. Organic fibre separated from its seeds by me

Whitney gin (Eli Whitney? Cotton gin?)

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  • $\begingroup$ You're getting there. Amusingly, your "feels right" ones are all wrong. The "speculative" ones each have one word correct. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Nov 23 '16 at 22:01
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I don't understand a couple of things on the puzzle, but anyway Here's a partial answer..
PARTIAL ANSWER

Lighting of the candle at both ends-Puzzle
Referencing a Star Trek writer-Gene
An alcoholic's take on a popular cocktail- Appetiser
Studying the night sky with Galileo-Telescope

Now, I am not sure about any of the answers and I also don't find any connections between the words that I found.

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  • $\begingroup$ How did you find them? $\endgroup$ – user58 Nov 21 '16 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir Lighting the candle is a popular puzzle, Galileo invented the telescope, the star trek writer has the link and cocktail part was a bit of a stretch. Like I said, I am pretty sure,some or possibly all of them are wrong $\endgroup$ – Sid Nov 21 '16 at 16:16

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