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As a word moves through a symbol (either left to right or top to bottom in a straight line), it changes according to a definite rule. Each of the four symbols has a different rule.

Insert the missing words into the empty boxes.

**This is just my assumption. I might be totally wrong.**
'White circle' represents #jumbling of alphabets# and 'dark triangle' represents #one alphabet deduction#. 
Going by that logic, there is a relation between TIFFS and STIFFS. 
However, that gives lots of outcomes for SOT. From what I assume to be the formations:

            STO     SOT     OST     OTS     TOS     TSO
            STOA    SOTH    COST    BOTS    TOSH    *
            STOB    SOTS    DOST    COTS    TOSS
            STOP    *       HOST    DOTS    TOST
            STOW    *       LOST    HOTS
                            MOST    JOTS
                            POST    LOTS
                            TOST    MOTS
                            WOST    OOTS
But I cant link those words back to the 'dark circle' as all symbols have distinctly different rule pattern.

Certainly I am missing something somewhere. Anyone want to give this shot?

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    $\begingroup$ Where you say alphabets, I think you mean letters. For most speakers of English, an alphabet is a collection of all possible letters, never a single letter. $\endgroup$ – oerkelens Jun 6 '17 at 12:54

The symbols work in this way:
- black square "abcd" => "bcde"
- black circle "abcd" => "cbda"
- white circle "abcd" => "dabc"
- black triangle "abcd" => "dbc"

With "SEAT" ▼ "TEA" you can find "ROTS" ▼ "SOT" by applying exactly the same transformation (Assuming that the word to be found is an anagram of "SORT").
From there you can also find "TUBS" • "BUST" from "SORT" • "ROTS".
"EATS" ○ "SEAT" gives us "TIFFS" ○ "STIFF". All this has been found by applying simple changes of letters.
So we still have "STAR" ■ "TUBS" where we observe that it is to shift the letters of a row which gives us "SHEER" ■ "TIFFS". enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ I didnot quite understand how you deduced that. Could you please explain a bit more? $\endgroup$ – Amitabh Ghosh Jun 6 '17 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ should 'sheet' be 'sheer'? $\endgroup$ – JonMark Perry Jun 6 '17 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ Amitabh, I edited my answer. Hope it helps. @JonMark, indeed, my fault. $\endgroup$ – Alix Eisenhardt Jun 6 '17 at 8:08

Maybe square = change one, reassemble? And full circle = change one.


  • $\begingroup$ Couldn't it be SORT->SOOT->SOT as well then? $\endgroup$ – Amitabh Ghosh Jun 6 '17 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ @AmitabhGhosh Yea i guess, didn't knew this word before. $\endgroup$ – Jan Ivan Jun 6 '17 at 7:31

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