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I have a rule which makes a word a triple-decker word™.

Use my list below to see if you can figure out the rule:

Triple-decker Words™ Not Triple-decker Words™
BABOON CAPUCHIN
RAVINE CREVASSE
REFERS IMPLIES
BOUGHT STOLE
EMBLAZONRY EMBROIDERY
FIVERS TENNERS
FANS NEUTRALS
EARNER MOOCHER
GNAT ANT

Text-only version:

Triple-decker Words™, Not Triple-decker Words™
BABOON,CAPUCHIN
RAVINE,CREVASSE
REFERS,IMPLIES
BOUGHT,STOLE
EMBLAZONRY,EMBROIDERY
FIVERS,TENNERS
FANS,NEUTRALS
EARNER,MOOCHER
GNAT,ANT

This puzzle can be solved by testing the Triple-decker words™ without using the non-triple-decker words™.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm a bit confused, are "TRIPLE-DECKER WORDS" a triple-decker word and "NON-TRIPLE-DECKER WORDS" a non-triple-decker word? I assume they are not $\endgroup$ May 4, 2018 at 9:04
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I don't quite follow. As far as I know there isn't already such a thing as a triple-decker word already. There is a specific set of words I am thinking of, which triple-decker words are part of and non-triple-decker words are not in this set. $\endgroup$ May 4, 2018 at 9:07
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    $\begingroup$ I've applied something like the usual template. I hope this clarifies the issue discussed above. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 4, 2018 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ (The formatting isn't quite right -- for me, at least, it looks OK while editing and goes wrong when displayed normally. I think @Rubio is the expert here; the template was his originally. Perhaps he will drop by and figure out what's wrong. Or maybe it's just my browser being odd.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 4, 2018 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ It looks fine to me, hopefully just a browser issue. $\endgroup$ May 4, 2018 at 9:38

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Triple Decker words are surely

Words that are anagrams of themselves when rot13'd.

Triple Deckers:

       REFERS -> ERSREF               RAVINE -> ENIVAR
         FANS -> SNAF                   GNAT -> TANG
       EARNER -> RNEARE               BABOON -> ONOBBA
       FIVERS -> SVIREF           EMBLAZONRY -> RZOYNMBAEL
       REFERS -> ERSREF               BOUGHT -> OBHTUG

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    $\begingroup$ (I've formatted your word list with <pre> inside the spoiler. If you don't like it, roll back. Unfortunately, markup inside spoiler tags is a bit tricky.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    May 4, 2018 at 13:09
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    $\begingroup$ So why are they called "triple-decker words"? $\endgroup$ May 4, 2018 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ @BálintBudavölgyi I think it's because "decker" sounds a lot like "deca", and "triple" + "deca" ... $\endgroup$
    – Hellion
    May 4, 2018 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Hellion correct, I was going to go with triskadeka-words but thought that would be a little bit too obvious. $\endgroup$ May 4, 2018 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ I was going for something totally different, with the word 'deck', I looked at which letters had a 'top platform' in their shape on which you could make a deck :) and quite a few have 3! $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    May 4, 2018 at 18:13

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