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If a word has a certain property, it is a United Word. Use the examples below to find the property:

$$\smash{\lower{28px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.01.30} \Rule{18px}{20px}{0px}\begin{array}{|c|c|} \textbf{United Words }&\textbf{Not United Words }\\\end{array}}}}\\ \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\phantom{\Rule{0px}{20px}{0px}} \textbf{United Words }^™&\textbf{Not United Words }^™\\\hline \text{ALMOND}&\text{WALNUT}\\ \hline \text{ALPACA}&\text{LLAMA}\\ \hline \text{CALAMARI}&\text{SQUID}\\ \hline \text{COCA COLA}&\text{PEPSI COLA}\\ \hline \text{CONCORDE}&\text{JUMBO JET}\\ \hline \text{COOK}&\text{CHEF}\\ \hline \text{DECADE}&\text{CENTURY}\\ \hline \text{FLAK}&\text{FIRE}\\ \hline \text{FLORAL}&\text{FLOWERY}\\ \hline \text{INKY}&\text{PENCIL}\\ \hline \text{INLAND}&\text{COASTAL}\\ \hline \text{MAINLAND}&\text{OFFSHORE}\\ \hline \text{MEMORIAL}&\text{MONUMENT}\\ \hline \text{NECTAR}&\text{AMBROSIA}\\ \hline \text{RIMS}&\text{TYRES}\\ \hline \text{SCALAR}&\text{VECTOR}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

CSV version:

United,not-united
ALMOND,WALNUT
ALPACA,LLAMA
CALAMARI,SQUID
COCA COLA,PEPSI COLA
CONCORDE,JUMBO JET
COOK,CHEF
DECADE,CENTURY
FLAK,FIRE
FLORAL,FLOWERY
INKY,PENCIL
INLAND,COASTAL
MAINLAND,OFFSHORE
MEMORIAL,MONUMENT
NECTAR,AMBROSIA
RIMS,TYRES
SCALAR,VECTOR
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I think a United Word (tm) is one which

is composed entirely of standard two-letter abbreviations for names of states of the US.

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  • $\begingroup$ Dang it-you guys are too good!I thought this would be a bit trickier, but it was cracked almost straight away...if you're that good check out my other puzzle where Kitty is still languishing in her mission.... $\endgroup$ – Kit-Ginevra Feb 14 '17 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ The thing that jumped out at me was that all the United Words were of even length. That suggested looking at pairs of letters, and then boom :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 14 '17 at 16:19

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