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Before you are 9 tribond puzzles. The solutions to each set of 3 (a, b, and c) creates a further tribond puzzle. Then, the answer to each of those (sets 1, 2 and 3) come together to form a final triplet to solve.

 1
(a) EXCHANGE, DECK, CALL 
(b) MOUNTAIN, PRICE, ROVER
(c) TELLER, TOY, BOARD
 2
(a) TRACK, PUBLIC, LABEL
(b) PURPLE, BEAT, ATTACK
(c) DRY, CREAM, DANCING
 3
(a) TEXT, AUDIO, GUEST
(b) FRENCH, TRAP, STORM
(c) HIVE, STATE, NEVER

The racy final answer will shock you!

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1(a) EXCHANGE, DECK, CALL

Stack (Stack Exchange, Stack the Deck, Call Stack)

(b) MOUNTAIN, PRICE, ROVER

Range (Mountain Range, Price Range, Range Rover)

(c) TELLER, TOY, BOARD

Story (Storyteller, Toy Story, Storyboard)

2(a) TRACK, PUBLIC, LABEL

Record (Track Record, Public Record, Record Label)

(b) PURPLE, BEAT, ATTACK

Heart (Purple Heart, Heartbeat, Heart Attack)

(c) DRY, CREAM, DANCING

Ice (Dry Ice, Ice Cream, Ice Dancing)

3(a) TEXT, AUDIO, GUEST

Book (Textbook, Audio Book, Guest Book)

(b) FRENCH, TRAP, STORM

Door (French Door, Trapdoor, Storm Door)

(c) HIVE, STATE, NEVER

Mind (Hive Mind, State of Mind, Never Mind)

So for 1

Short (Short Stack, Short Range, Short Story)

And 2

Breaker (Record Breaker, Heartbreaker, Icebreaker)

And 3

Open (Open Book, Open Door, Open Mind)

So the final tribond is

Circuit (Short Circuit, Circuit Breaker, Open Circuit)
Credit to @Nick Vitha for the final tribond solution. Please go upvote their answer!

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  • $\begingroup$ I had intended something else for 3(a), but the answer to third set matches the intended one. Admittedly, your answer for first set makes, but there's another word that works better with the final answer. I've never heard of a rot13(ubhfroernxre) ... Very close! $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 18 at 18:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt: how do these changes look? $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 18 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ You're definitely on the right track. I'm going to do what I should have done at the start, and add a hint for the final solution. $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 18 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt: I think I got 3(a) now, and credited Nick Vitha for the final tribond. I hope this answer is complete now! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 18 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ Yes! Everything is correct now. Your answer is the first to have all the right solutions, but Nick Vitha's answer was the first to the final solution ... who gets the tick? $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 18 at 18:39
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1 (a) EXCHANGE, DECK, CALL

Stack

(b) MOUNTAIN, PRICE, ROVER

Range

(c) TELLER, TOY, BOARD

Story

So, we have

Stack, Range, Story

Which fits:

Short

2 (a) TRACK, PUBLIC, LABEL

Record

(b) PURPLE, BEAT, ATTACK

Heart (from Waf's answer)

(c) DRY, CREAM, DANCING

Ice (from Waf)

So, for 2:

Record, Heart, Ice

Could it be:

Breaker (from El Guest)

3 (a) TEXT, AUDIO, GUEST

Book (El Guest got it correct first)

(b) FRENCH, TRAP, STORM

Door (Waf)

(c) HIVE, STATE, NEVER

Mind (Waf)

So, for 3:

Book, Door, Mind

Which gets us:

Open (from El Guest)

And finally:

Short, Breaker, Open

Which yields

CIRCUIT!

Edit:

El-Guest got his answer first.

Edit 2:

I think I got the final answer but many of my things are wrong.

Edit 3:

El Guest is really the one who got almost everything on their own so it should go to them. I got the easy part after stealing a lot of harder answers from them and someone who deleted.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Sorry if I wasn't clear in my comments to El-Guest. 3 sets of 3 sets of three can be confusing. To clarify, at the time of this writing, El-Guest has everything correct except for 3(a), which has not impacted the answer for 3(all). The final answer for El-Guests, is not right either. You have the right final answer! $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 18 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ @Matt I can only comment down here because reputation. but El Guest got almost everything and I just got the easy part, so give it to them. $\endgroup$ – Nick Vitha Mar 18 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds good to me! $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 18 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ Hope I can help with the reputation piece...great final answer, @NickVitha. +1 from me. $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 18 at 18:46

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