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Here is a sequence of seven words which follows a certain pattern:

DONUT, REGIME, MIASMA, FATHER, SOLDIER, LAUD, TIARA

Please give a word that would fit as the next term in the sequence, and an explanation for why your word continues the pattern.

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    $\begingroup$ By the way, "thine soul" does not make sense, as the word "soul" begins with a consonant and not a vowel, wherefore it should be "thy soul". Was this intended? $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Aug 5, 2018 at 8:49
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    $\begingroup$ I wasn't aware of that distinction - thanks. Nothing would change if the title said "thy" instead. $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 5, 2018 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ I went ahead and edited the title to make that change (and to add a hint). $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 5, 2018 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ Well, like you said, it doesn't make much of a difference anyway in terms of meaning :) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Aug 5, 2018 at 21:48

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I would say, piggybacking off of @Duck,

Dope would work. However, things like dog and dowel would not, since the first syllable must sound like "Doh"

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  • $\begingroup$ That works! Yes, Duck had most of the answer. The words in the sequence start with the solfege "words", but moreover, they start with the same sound as well. Try coming up with your own complete set - it was pretty tricky for me! $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 10, 2018 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ How did I not see that one?! $\endgroup$
    – Duck
    Aug 10, 2018 at 18:44
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Take the first two letters of each word and then you will find the musical scale. The next one is do so it could be anything with the first two letters of DO like DOnuts. Do re mi fa so la ti do

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  • $\begingroup$ This is about 80% of the intended solution. I would argue that two of your suggestions do not work. Also, perhaps you want to add a spoiler to your answer. $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 5, 2018 at 0:33
  • $\begingroup$ @jamisans Is there another pattern I am missing to find exactly one word? And what spoiler? $\endgroup$
    – Duck
    Aug 5, 2018 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ There is another part to the pattern. More than one word can work. I meant a spoiler tag so that your answer can be hidden from those who want to try to solve the puzzle on their own: puzzling.stackexchange.com/editing-help#spoilers $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 5, 2018 at 0:56
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    $\begingroup$ That's not it. It might help to read the words aloud. $\endgroup$
    – jamisans
    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:22
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    $\begingroup$ I think @Duck's reasoning is sound, but it could be even more sound. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Aug 6, 2018 at 10:41

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