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Drawing from the word pool below, find the twelve Cannibalistic Words.

(Note the and tags.)



  1. WILD
    _ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐
  2. PENS
    ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ _ _
  3. DEED
    _ _ _ ☐ ☐ _ _ _
  4. BLED
    _ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐
  5. MINI
    _ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ _
  6. REED
    ☐ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ _
  7. NEST
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ☐
  8. BRAT
    _ ☐ ☐ _ _ _ _ _
  9. AUNT
    _ ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ _
  10. MEAD
    ☐ ☐ _ _ _ _ _ _
  11. BARE
    _ _ _ ☐ _ _ ☐ _
  12. COED
    _ ☐ _ _ _ ☐ _ _

Word Pool:
DISH, CATS, EACH, VIED, PORT, HOLY, SIGN, FLED, LIES, VOLT, BEER, EXES



Now answer the following question:

What do Cannibalistic Words end up with?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is Cannibalistic words a concept invented for this puzzle or some kind of common puzzle? If the second, could you explain how it works? $\endgroup$
    – Masclins
    Oct 9, 2018 at 7:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Masclins The term was invented for this puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Oct 9, 2018 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ what are the squares meaning? $\endgroup$
    – user52327
    Oct 9, 2018 at 12:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Chowzen With another great puzzle! +1 $\endgroup$ Oct 9, 2018 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ I just noticed it says " find the ten Cannibalistic Words " when there are 12 pairs. Is this a hint for the final answer or an error? $\endgroup$ Oct 9, 2018 at 16:17

2 Answers 2

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To solve:

Each numbered word either takes in a word from the word pool, or is taken in by one to form an 8 letter word. Then, note the letters in the boxes and anagram them.

Answers:

1. WILD + BEER = BEWILDER -> WR
2. PENS + EXES = EXPENSES -> ES
3. DEED + PORT = DEPORTED -> OR
4. BLED + EACH = BLEACHED -> ED
5. MINI + DISH = DIMINISH -> M
6. REED + VOLT= REVOLTED - > RV
7. NEST + HOLY = HONESTLY - > Y
8. BRAT + VIED = VIBRATED - > IB
9. AUNT + FLED = FLAUNTED -> LE
10. MEAD + LIES = LIMEADES - > LI
11. BARE + CATS = CABARETS -> AT
12. COED + SIGN = COSIGNED -> ON

Final letters:

WRESOREDMRVYIBLELIATON


What do Cannibalistic Words end up with?

EDIT: Thanks entirely to @Walt, the letters unscramble to:

Irritable Vowel Syndrome

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    $\begingroup$ Let's dispense with the no-computers tag for the Anagram. I know that 22 letters is a bit much. $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Oct 9, 2018 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ I've been at this for a while. I feel like 22 letters gives too many options for an answer with no guidance on word count/ word length for the final phrase. $\endgroup$ Oct 9, 2018 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ The checkmark is yours if you add the final answer. :) $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Oct 14, 2018 at 14:46
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TwoBitOperation deserves most of the credit, I'll just provide the punny answer...

WRESOREDMRVYIBLELIATON = Irritable Vowel Syndrome ;)

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    $\begingroup$ Nice! I was about to add a hint on number of words and number of letters/word, but now I don't have to. +1 $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Oct 9, 2018 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't even close; good solve! $\endgroup$ Oct 10, 2018 at 2:05

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