Smuggled this strange list from [redacted] 's place. Maybe he is making a puzzle. Who is the victim?

  • Scarlet covers
  • Swindler's imprecation
  • Sour disordered equipment
  • Smash journal
  • Sinful America
  • Surgeon oath
  • Storms carport

Working for Generalist Countdown -

  • $\begingroup$ #6 = hippocratic? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 6, 2019 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor sorry nope $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 6, 2019 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ #1 = rot13( evqqyrf )? $\endgroup$
    – amI
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 4:33
  • $\begingroup$ @aml sorry dont get what you mean. typo? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 4:59

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What are the items on the list?

Synonyms of the words on the list can be anagrammed to a tag on Puzzling SE plus one letter. For example: "Scarlet covers" are "red lids", which is an anagram of "riddle" plus "s". The complete list is:

Scarlet covers: red lidsriddle + s
Swindler's imprecation: cheat's dammitmathematics + d
Sour disordered equipment: acidic unglued toollogical deduction + u
Smash journal: plow diarywordplay + i
Sinful America: evil USAvisual + e
Surgeon oath: Dr vowword + v
Storms carport: typhoons garagesteganography + o

Who is the victim?

If we assume that the third item is correct and that the second item yields an extra d, we can anagram the extra letters to Deusovi. (Thanks, jafe, for spotting that. I had a rather less convincing guess first.)

  • $\begingroup$ Ooh, nice find! For #2 I was thinking "conman's curse" but it doesn't seem to work. (Note also the OP's edits to the question, suggesting that the 's after swindler may not be needed.) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 7:13
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    $\begingroup$ If the B is wrong, the missing letters could be DU... $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 7:31
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I love anagrams, but no way would I have thought to do this. @OmegaKrypton this is brilliant. I am bookmarking this. I literally feel dumb looking at this puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 8:59
  • $\begingroup$ there's no 's' in 'logical-deduction, so 'tools' is wrong. $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 9:26
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    $\begingroup$ Okay, I think I got it. It got a bit tedious towards the end. I guess it's not for nothing that indirect anagrams are frowned upon. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 18:01

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