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Inspiration from here.


A lot of credit to @Scimonster here; we created this puzzle together.


"Aha!" you exclaim, finally spotting the door - it's an almost invisible gray door against the wall. You head over there, expecting to find a challenge - and you aren't disappointed. Inscribed above the door is a strange sign:

doorwithcluewebimage

Next to the door is a plaque. On the plaque it says:

Remember the Clue Web, on your favorite website, posted by the renowned puzzler Brent Hackers? Excellent, because now's your chance to solve one! Maybe you don't remember how to to play. (Even though it was an awesome puzzle.) Mithrandir, here are the rules: Begin by taking one group of four words. Each word in the group can be connected to another word, which is not here. Repeat for the next three groups. Then, you take those four words, and find the word that connects those three. (Hopefully, there will be only one.) After that, you'll have your precious Clue. Terrific, no?

Group 1
gain, fee, no, point
tomato, egg, green, fruit
gong, liberty, Alexander, curve
floor, ballroom, around, modern

Group 2
white, midnight, cat, pitch
lining, bullet, tongue, sterling
key, horns, caps, hair
cross, swallowing, broad, wound

Group 3
red, oven, ton, wall
roll, skipping, baby, chair
zebra, true, earn, stars
know, opinion, matter, ground

Group 4
stroke, pack, scratch, log
side, get, loud, right
fast, thunder, rod, storm
fates, pigs, bears, witches


Next clue--->

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Group 1

bar (@Aethon)
entry gain, fee, no, point (@Sconibulus)
salad tomato, egg, green, fruit (@Sconibulus)
bell gong, liberty, Alexander, curve
dance floor, ballroom, around, modern

Group 2

smith
black white, midnight, cat, pitch
silver lining, bullet, tongue, sterling
lock key, horns, caps, hair
sword cross, swallowing, broad, wound

Group 3

solid
brick red, oven, ton, wall
rock roll, skipping, baby, chair
stripes zebra, true, earn, stars
truth know, opinion, matter, ground

Group 4

strike (@Sconibulus)
back stroke, pack, scratch, log
out side, get, loud, right
lightning fast, thunder, rod, storm
three fates, pigs, bears, witches

And based on work by @Sconibulus and comments by @Aethon, the final group is

gold (@Aethon) (bar, smith, solid, strike)

So the clue is

Gold

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! An accept will have to wait until Mithrandir comes online though. $\endgroup$ – Scimonster Nov 29 '16 at 22:41
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Group 1:

Bar: (@Aethon)
gain, fee, no, point: Entry
tomato, egg, green, fruit: Salad
gong, liberty, Alexander, curve: Bell
floor, ballroom, around, modern: Dance

Group 2:

Smith:
white, midnight, cat, pitch: Black
lining bullet tongue sterling: Silver
key, horns, caps, hair: Lock
cross, swallowing, broad, wound: Sword

Group 3:

Solid:
red, oven, ton, wall: Brick
roll, skipping, baby, chair: Rock (tmpearce)
zebra, true, earn, stars: Stripes
know, opinion, matter, ground: Fact

Group 4:

Strike:
stroke, pack, scratch, log: Back
side, get, loud, right: Out
fast, thunder, rod, storm: Lightning
fates, pigs, bears, witches: Three

And the final answer is:

Gold (@Aethon)

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  • $\begingroup$ Since you put partial groups in, I added mine as well. Feel free to take a look. I like your word for group 4. $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Nov 29 '16 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ I think the final answer is going to be tbyq (rot13), and the first group is actually one (rot13). I still can't figure out group 3 line 4, but I think the overall group 3 will need to be ebnq (rot13). If I should be submitting this as a separate answer instead of a comment, please let me know. Most of my guesses were built off of yours, though, so it seemed better to let you use them. $\endgroup$ – Aethon Nov 29 '16 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Aethon The header I have for group 3 would fit with you final answer... $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Nov 29 '16 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ @tmpearce Ah! And that makes sense for group 3 line 4, too! $\endgroup$ – Aethon Nov 29 '16 at 22:27
  • $\begingroup$ Oh yeah, that works great, thanks @Aethon $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Nov 29 '16 at 22:38
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Partial answer

Group 1

gain, fee, no, point
tomato, egg, green, fruit
gong, liberty, Alexander, curve -- BELL
floor, ballroom, around, modern

Group 2 (tmpearce)

white, midnight, cat, pitch -- BLACK
lining, bullet, tongue, sterling -- SILVER
key, horns, caps, hair -- LOCK
cross, swallowing, broad, wound -- SWORD?

Group 3

red, oven, ton, wall -- BRICK
roll, skipping, baby, chair
zebra, true, earn, stars -- STRIPE???
know, opinion, matter, ground

Group 4

stroke, pack, scratch, log -- BACK
side, get, loud, right
fast, thunder, rod, storm -- LIGHTNING
fates, pigs, bears, witches

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    $\begingroup$ Can you please spoilerify your answer? $\endgroup$ – boboquack Nov 29 '16 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ I'm on my phone. It would be nice if you edited for me though. $\endgroup$ – greenturtle3141 Nov 29 '16 at 23:20

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