This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Star Word™. Use the following examples to find the rule:

Star Words™ Not Star Words™
America Canada
Joe Jim
Olivia Emily
Next Last
Exile Banishment
Bread Toast
Expose Reveal
Fun Pleasure
Magic Fantasy
Essex Sussex
Player Opponent
Silk Cotton

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Star Words™, Not Star Words™

These aren't the only Star Words™, there are others that exist.

  • $\begingroup$ Are these the only examples of Star Words™, or do many others exist? $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 2, 2018 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ There are others that exist... $\endgroup$ Feb 2, 2018 at 17:33
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    $\begingroup$ Just to let you know, the image says Intermittent Words instead of Star Words. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 2, 2018 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ What about "Star wars"? $\endgroup$
    – Untitpoi
    Feb 2, 2018 at 17:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Kit-Ginevra, if that "magic number" is a hint, then it's better to put it by editing the post as not everyone aware that you gave a hint on comment section :) $\endgroup$
    – athin
    Mar 4, 2018 at 22:50

1 Answer 1


Each Star Word is

The name of a band or singer who had a number one hit in the US Billboard Hot 100

Specific examples

America - "A Horse With No Name" - March 25, 1972
Joe (featuring Mystikal) - "Stutter" - February 24, 2001
50 Cent featuring Olivia - "Candy Shop" - March 5, 2005
Next - "Too Close" - April 25, 1998
Exile - "Kiss You All Over" - September 30, 1978
Bread - "Make It with You" - August 22, 1970
Exposé - "Seasons Change" - February 20, 1988
Fun (featuring Janelle Monáe) - "We Are Young" - March 17, 2012
Magic! - "Rude" - July 26, 2014
The Essex - "Easier Said Than Done" - July 6, 1963
Player - "Baby Come Back" - January 14, 1978
Silk - "Freak Me" - May 1, 1993


We are not including bands or artists which are known by more than just the single word - this is why I think Jim Croce is discounted, he is not known as Jim.

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    $\begingroup$ awww, I was thinking along the lines of hollywood stars, but couldn't find a connection to everything $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2018 at 15:57

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