A Fine Chain of Acronyms

Consider the following set of 25 commonly-used acronyms

AMEX   PETA   CC     CCG    COBOL
DJIA   FLOPS  NAACP  ESL    SIAM
ASCII  FEDEX  VHS    GIF    SPCA
OEIS   BBC    FBI    HELOC  GPA
FICO   BBB    SVGA   MMORPG NBC


When expanded, these acronyms form a chain where each acronym definition shares exactly one word in common with the acronym that precedes it (note that articles such as "of", "the", "in", etc. do not count for matching purposes).

For example, consider the set of acronyms

NASA   DEA    ISS    FDA    IPCC


These can be chained together as follows:

IPCC :            International Panel on Climate Change
ISS  :            International Space Station
NASA : National Aeronautics and Space Administration
FDA  :                  Food and Drug Administration
DEA  :                           Drug Enforcement Agency


where the word linking each pair of adjacent definitions is aligned for clarity.

Some of the acronyms have more than one popular definition. The puzzle may be trickier than it seems!

Can you chain all 25 acronyms together?

Puzzlers are encouraged to place answers in spoiler blocks to avoid inadvertently spoiling the fun for other readers.

• FLOPS doesnt produce any five star result in the site provided by you, not as if the entire question is wrong – skv Nov 22 '14 at 9:45
• @skv: Oop. I guess that one's only four stars. I'll amend the hint. – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 9:51
• oh my god the most obvious solution is not even an option (and no other five star options) for FBI – skv Nov 22 '14 at 10:06
• @skv: It is in there, but it has zero stars for some reason. I'm just going to delete the hint altogether. I admittedly didn't look some of these acronyms up because, as you say, they have singularly obvious definitions. – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 10:16

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  OEIS    :                                                                             Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
MMORPG  :                                                       Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
CCG     :                                                                                Collectible Card Game
CC      :                                                                                     Credit Card
HELOC   :                                                                 Home Equity Line of Credit
VHS     :                                                           Video Home System
SVGA    :                                                     Super Video                   Graphics Array
GIF     :                                                                                   Graphics   Interchange Format
ASCII   :                                                       American Standard Code for Information Interchange
AMEX    :                                                       American Express
FEDEX   :                                                       Federal  Express
FBI     :                                                       Federal         Bureau of Investigation
BBB     :                                                       Better Business Bureau
COBOL   :                                                       Common Business Oriented             Language
ESL     :                                                                        English as a Second Language
FLOPS   :                                                       Floating Point Operations Per Second
GPA     :                                                          Grade Point         Average
DJIA    :                                                       Dow Jones   Industrial Average
SIAM    :                                                       Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
SPCA    :                                                       Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
PETA    :                                                       People for the Ethical Treatment of      Animals
NAACP   : National Association for the Advancement of Colored    People
NBC     : National Broadcasting Company
BBC     : British  Broadcasting Corporation
FICO    : Fair Isaac            Corporation

Just the ordering (in reading order)


OEIS  MMORPG  CCG     CC      HELOC
VHS   SVGA    GIF     ASCII   AMEX
FEDEX FBI     BBB     COBOL   ESL
FLOPS GPA     DJIA    SIAM    SPCA
PETA  NAACP   NBC     BBC     FICO


• Nice. I've been staring at two chains forever, but kept missing the GPA and FLOPS link. – Mike M. Nov 22 '14 at 11:13
• thanks, I was looking at the page 100 times to see if someone already did it, kinda rush of blood – skv Nov 22 '14 at 11:16
• You even have the side-by-side word alignment with highlighting. Well done. :D – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 13:35
• @COTO I had three or four instances where I gave an answer and then someone improved and literally stole my votes :P so this time I wanted to be caurtious – skv Nov 22 '14 at 15:27
• That's not the usual expansion of SVGA (although the normal expansion fits in the same place). – jamesdlin Nov 22 '14 at 20:21