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What is the minimum number of letters required to satisfy all the following clues?

"especially bad"
"earth's counterpart"
"flows one-way, strictly"
"release as outward flow"

"being this is being a jerk"
"locks of one particular feline"
"source of vegan's disgust"
"mild and obsequious "

"a currency"
"a monster's hideout"
"especially nasty"
"to cover"

"amorous partner"
"sports group"
"tiny, tiny bug"
"a listing"

"habitually presents alternate facts"
"a transport system"
"an artificial and meaningless convention, as per Juliet"
"so be it"


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  • $\begingroup$ crossword-clues tag? not sure tho... or enigmatic-puzzle? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton May 18 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton they seem well suited too $\endgroup$ – peerless May 18 at 16:55
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I think

9 (a,e,i,m,n,t,l,r,v)

is the appropriate number.

These seem to come in

groups of four-letter words that are anagrams of each other:

"especially bad"

evil

"earth's counterpart"

live (in electrical wiring)

"flows one-way, strictly"

time

"release as outward flow"

emit

"being this is being a jerk"

mean

"locks of one particular feline"

mane

"source of vegan's disgust"

meat

"mild and obsequious "

tame

"a currency"

rial

"a monster's hideout"

lair

"especially nasty"

vile

"to cover"

veil

"amorous partner"

mate

"sports group"

team

"tiny, tiny bug"

mite

"a listing"

item

"habitually presents alternate facts"

liar

"a transport system"

rail

"an artificial and meaningless convention, as per Juliet"

name

"so be it"

amen

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    $\begingroup$ too damn quick :) $\endgroup$ – peerless May 18 at 16:54

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