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In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a DeepWord™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{1.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Deep}} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2018.03.05}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{SUB}&\text{SUN}\\ \text{PAY}&\text{PAN}\\ \text{RAW}&\text{PAW}\\ \text{SELF}&\text{MALE}\\ \text{FISH}&\text{ZONE}\\ \text{RARE}&\text{DEAR}\\ \text{TANG}&\text{SLAB}\\ \text{BLAIR}&\text{BOOKS}\\ \text{FEMALE}&\text{TIGERS}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

Or, in a CSV:

Deep Words™,Not Deep Words™
SUB, SUN
PAY, PAN
RAW, PAW
SELF, MALE
FISH, ZONE
RARE, DEAR
TANG, SLAB
BLAIR, BOOKS
FEMALE, TIGERS

These are not the only examples of Deep Words™, more exist.

What makes a Deep Word?

Bonus question: There is also a word known as the Deepest Word™, why is this the case?

 Faun

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the given Deepest Word™ the only one that exists? (As you said "There is also a word") Or could there be others too? $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 6 '19 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Supersonic I have only been able to find a single word based on the rule $\endgroup$
    – Karm
    Sep 6 '19 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ OK, thanks for the clarification! $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 6 '19 at 12:56
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A DeepWord™ is a word such that:

When each letter is mapped to numbers using A1Z26 and added, the result is $42$.

A Deepest Word™ is a word such that:

All letters mapped to numbers using A1Z26 are factors of $42$.

DeepWords™:

SUB $\rightarrow 19+21+2=42$
PAY $\rightarrow 16+1+25=42$
SELF $\rightarrow 19+5+12+6=42$
BLAIR $\rightarrow 2+12+1+9+18=42$
FEMALE $\rightarrow 6+5+13+1+12+5=42$
FAUN $\rightarrow 6+1+21+14=42$ (also $1,6,14,21$ are all factors of $42$)

Not DeepWords™:

SUN $\rightarrow 19+21+14=54$
PAN $\rightarrow 16+1+14=31$
PAW $\rightarrow 16+1+23=40$
ZONE $\rightarrow 26+15+14+5=60$
TIGERS $\rightarrow 20+9+7+5+18+19=78$

They are called DeepWords™ because:

$42$ was computed as the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything by the computer DeepThought in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book series.

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    $\begingroup$ One final point is the 42 is in relation to Deep-thought from Hitchhikers Guide, used to calculate the answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything $\endgroup$
    – Karm
    Sep 6 '19 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ Well done, ill need to spend more time making it slightly tougher next time. $\endgroup$
    – Karm
    Sep 6 '19 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ If this reasoning is correct for Deepest Word, wouldn't GUN also qualify? (7,14,21) $\endgroup$
    – Sconibulus
    Sep 6 '19 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus - You may be correct. $\endgroup$
    – NexusInk
    Sep 8 '19 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, it should qualify! But as OP didn't state that the reasoning is wrong and accepted too I think it is likely that they missed this word :) $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 8 '19 at 12:43

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