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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd.














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construction
CO
computerpuzzle
  M
numbertheory
   B
tribond
  I
weighing
      N
pattern
 A
calculationpuzzle
       T
nocomputers
   O
algorithm
    RI
limerick
      C
rubikscube
     S
english
Taking adjacent tags, we look at which letters are shared in the same position, with any hyphens removed. The shared letters give the answer COMBINATORICS. (Which is also a tag in of itself: )

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    $\begingroup$ Given the nature of the puzzle, I think the answer should be ,E28i4@>3:?2E@C:4D. (ROT 47) , right? $\endgroup$ May 30, 2018 at 23:34
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An ironic answer given the last tag and open to critique:

combinatoires

which pairs with the tag combinations by,

construction = co
computer-puzzle = om
number-theory = mb
tribnd = bi
weighing = in
pattern = na
calculation-puzzle = at
no-computers = to
algorithm = oi
limerick = ir
rubiks-cube = re
english

Supplement:

combinatories (rare) fits by the same method but combinatorics needs instead of .

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    $\begingroup$ On the right track, but unfortunately incorrect. $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    May 30, 2018 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @noedne - when I can't solve a puzzle sometimes I feel like asking for the question to be altered! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    May 30, 2018 at 16:58

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