I think I've alphabetized this word list correctly, but my friends keep telling me it's not in the right order. Can you help me spot the mistake?

divvy, dry, dues, Eden, elf, fear, knee, opt, pet, say, set, tea


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The correct order is

Eden, divvy, dry, fear, pet, say, set, opt, knee, tea, elf, dues


each word is a homophone of a number in another language. The order above lists them numerically, from 1 to 12.
(Thanks to Arnaud Mortier in the comments for corrections to #2 and #10)

1, eden, Macedonian
2, divi, Latvian
3, drei, German/Dutch
4, vier, German/Dutch (or fire, Danish)
5, pet, Croatian/Czech
6, sei, Italian
7, sept, French
8, opt, Romanian
9, ni, Norwegian (is also 2 in Japanese)
10, ti, Norwegian/Danish
11, elf, German/Dutch
12, douze, French

  • $\begingroup$ #2 is rot13(gur yngivna qviv). #10 is rot13(gv). $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnaudMortier Thanks! I've credited you in my edit. #10 was a typo, but your suggestion for #2 is a much better choice. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 14:42

The correct order is

Eden, divvy, dry, dues, elf, fear, knee, opt, pet, say, set, tea


You're supposed to order the words lexicographically based on the ASCII table. Also, the puzzle text specifies that there's a "the mistake", that is, one mistake.


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