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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Checkmate Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule. checkmate

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Checkmate Word™, Not Checkmate Word™
ABBEY,MONASTERY
RANK,FILE
BROOK,STREAM
QUARRY,MINE
IN,OUT
ERROR,MISTAKE
REQUIRE,REQUEST
KINE,COWS
BARRIER,OBSTACLE
BANK,MONEY
BONE,SKULL
REAR,FRONT
ROOK,PAWN
QUEEN,BISHOP

Note: This is my first puzzle of this kind, so it may not be well-worked.

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A word is a Checkmate word if

The majority of the consonants in the word are from the set $B,R,K,N,Q$ - the letters representing the major chess pieces.

Or even more specifically

If we count $Y$ as a vowel (semi-vowel) then all of the consonants in the word are from this set.

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    $\begingroup$ Great! Actually, my intention was rot13(vapyhqr C (sbe cnja) nf na npprcgrq pbafbanag gbb), but I forgot to include at least one example for it. It was my fault, so accepting this. $\endgroup$ – trolley813 Jul 28 at 9:06

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