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Having decided to accept an invitation to a party, you arrive at midnight in full dress. However, inside the mansion is a scene of madness.

across the Hall, a Star flings a Cup of Water at an American with Silver Hair. you pick up a Cake and Straw from the Truck and notice an Eagle playing with a Ball. a Gun goes off and Bullets spray from the Weapon. as you run, a Man from Town pulls you behind the Garbage. "Smith," he says.

Yet amidst the chaos, you see mostly orderly pairs and only one outlier.

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I think the outlier is a

STAR

because the pairs are

GARBAGE TRUCK, WEAPONSMITH, STRAW MAN, CUPCAKE, TOWN HALL, WATER GUN, AMERICAN EAGLE, HAIRBALL, SILVER BULLETS.

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  • $\begingroup$ You beat me by about twenty seconds or so. Don't you just hate it when that happens? $\endgroup$ Sep 1 '18 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ No, I love it when that happens. The other way around is a pain, though. :-) (Actually, I don't particularly love it. Sorry to have scooped you by so short an amount.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 1 '18 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Incidentally, I'm reasonably confident that there aren't other ways to pair 'em up that yield a different odd one out, though I haven't tried to draw the entire graph and check. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 1 '18 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ correct! That's what I was looking for. $\endgroup$
    – 1848
    Sep 1 '18 at 18:12
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Taking a clue from "you see mostly orderly pairs and only one outlier", you can pair up almost all the capitalised words in the story to form words or expressions:

Garbage Truck
Straw Man
Hair Ball
Cup Cake
Town Hall
Water Gun
American Eagle
Silver Bullets
Weapon Smith

That leaves only Star as an unmatched word.

I'm not sure this is correct because there are a few alternative

pairings such as Silver Smith.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct as well! However, it seems like Gareth McCaughan was a little faster :( $\endgroup$
    – 1848
    Sep 1 '18 at 18:13

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