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Find a single word answer with the following property → compound words can be formed from the answer which have a word in common with compound words which can be formed from each of:

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Text version:

EAGLE      FINAL     FLAG   HANDS    HARD    LEFT
MEDICINE   MORNING   POP    RAT'S    SHOCK   SUNDAY   


  • a different link word may be found for each of the 12 boxed words
  • the compound word pairs are given as derived terms in Wiktionary
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    $\begingroup$ I don't quite understand what you are asking... maybe could you provide an example? $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 20 '18 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil For each element in the table A, there are two compound words B-A (or A-B), and B-C (or C-B), such that C is the same for all A. $\endgroup$ – DqwertyC Mar 20 '18 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ This is a fun puzzle - thanks for posting! $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Mar 20 '18 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @puzzledPig! It was easy to make - but perhaps hard to solve. The form of the image (including the number of words) was a hint. $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 20 '18 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I didn't even notice that - clever! The "seasonal" tag was definitely appreciated, though :) $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Mar 20 '18 at 21:15
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The answer is:

Egg.

Eagle:

Eagle -> golden eagle -> golden egg -> egg. (First solved by: @puzzledPig)

Final:

Final -> cup final -> egg cup -> egg. (First solved by: @Statman)

Flag:

Flag -> white flag -> egg white -> egg. (First solved by: @puzzledPig)

Hands:

Hands -> hands-on -> egg on -> egg. (First solved by: @puzzledPig / @Paige Meinke)

Hard:

Hard -> hardboiled -> boiled egg -> egg.

Left:

Left -> leftover -> over-egg -> egg. (First solved by: @puzzledPig)

Medicine:

Medicine -> bad medicine -> bad egg -> egg.

Morning:

Morning -> good morning -> good egg -> egg. (First solved by: @puzzledPig)

Pop:

Pop -> Pop Tart -> egg tart -> egg.

Rat's:

Rat's -> Rat's nest -> nest egg -> egg.

Shock:

Shock -> shell shock -> eggshell -> egg. (With thanks to @Statman for a comment hinting at this answer.)

Sunday:

Sunday -> Easter Sunday -> Easter egg -> egg. (Here's the most explicit "seasonal" part.)

And finally, as the OP had to point out to everybody, the form of the table looks roughly like:

an egg carton with a dozen "eggs".

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  • $\begingroup$ I keep thinking maybe "pop" is connected through "timer" - but that would be more "popup timer" I think... $\endgroup$ – Daniel Schepler Mar 20 '18 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm... or inspired by the Wiktionary page, I almost want to say "pop tart" - but that's more a brand name than a compound word. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Schepler Mar 20 '18 at 20:53
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    $\begingroup$ One of your answers for "hard" works with one of the other words. $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 20 '18 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielSchepler - the name you suggest for "pop" is what fits overall to give 12 distinct link words (and is in Wiktionary as a derived term CW) even though you're right it is a brand - hope OK. $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 20 '18 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ It seems we have a solution - I'm editing my answer to incorporate contributions from puzzledPig and Statman and form it into a complete answer. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Schepler Mar 20 '18 at 21:42
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Adding to what Daniel has with his second answer (he did the hard work, upvote that one!):

Eagle:

Eagle --> golden eagle --> golden egg --> egg.

Flag:

Flag --> white flag --> egg white --> egg.

Left:

Left --> left over --> over-egg --> egg.

Morning:

Morning --> good morning --> good egg --> egg.

Alternatively, suggested by Paige:

Hands:

Hands --> hands-on --> egg on --> egg.

Now all that's missing is "final"...

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think the pop one is in wiki, perhaps swap it out for the hands? $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Mar 20 '18 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ Though your "pop" fits it's useful, as Paige says, to keep the 2 letter link word for "hands". $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 20 '18 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ Your "left" is right! $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 20 '18 at 21:08
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, so what goes with final... exam, cause? What other compound words with the answer haven't been used yet... goose, timer, cup, carton, fried, poached, scrambled, hunt? Still not finding any overlap... $\endgroup$ – Daniel Schepler Mar 20 '18 at 21:38
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I shall sneak in with the final answer (no pun intended)

Final

Cup final -> Egg cup

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Very partial, essentially just articulating some of my thoughts on possibilities in case somebody else might pick up on them.

Eagle:

Eagle -> spread-eagle -> bedspread -> bed?

Medicine:

Medicine -> medicine ball?

Final:

Final -> final exam?

Morning:

Morning -> morning glory?

Hands:

Hands -> jazz hands -> jazz ensemble -> ensemble? (probably not)

Hard:

Hard -> hard candy -> rock candy -> rock?

(Of course, none of these are exactly "seasonal".)

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