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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.

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  • $\begingroup$ FLOPS doesnt produce any five star result in the site provided by you, not as if the entire question is wrong $\endgroup$ – skv Nov 22 '14 at 9:45
  • $\begingroup$ @skv: Oop. I guess that one's only four stars. I'll amend the hint. $\endgroup$ – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 9:51
  • $\begingroup$ oh my god the most obvious solution is not even an option (and no other five star options) for FBI $\endgroup$ – skv Nov 22 '14 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 10:16
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Text Version

  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

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice. I've been staring at two chains forever, but kept missing the GPA and FLOPS link. $\endgroup$ – Mike M. Nov 22 '14 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ thanks, I was looking at the page 100 times to see if someone already did it, kinda rush of blood $\endgroup$ – skv Nov 22 '14 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ You even have the side-by-side word alignment with highlighting. Well done. :D $\endgroup$ – COTO Nov 22 '14 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ @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 $\endgroup$ – skv Nov 22 '14 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ That's not the usual expansion of SVGA (although the normal expansion fits in the same place). $\endgroup$ – jamesdlin Nov 22 '14 at 20:21

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