The following words and phrases have something in common:

  1. Final
  2. In case
  3. Record
  4. Defeated
  5. Desire

Figure out what that connection is, then fill in the blanks with suitable phrases:

  1. Cotton item
  2. ???
  3. Cotton item
  4. Cotton item
  5. ???
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    $\begingroup$ While writing this quick puzzle, I discovered that “cotton” can also mean “to begin to understand.” So, I hope you guys can “cotton” on to what is going on here ;-) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 6:19

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The first part:

Final = LAST
In case = LEST
Record = LIST
Defeated = LOST
Desire = LUST

The second part, the best I could come up with:

Cotton item = BALL (cotton ball)
Not the Cotton "Belt" = BELL
Cotton item = BILL (dollar bills are made of 75% cotton 25% linen)
Cotton item = BOLL (cotton boll is the clump of cotton on the plant)
Not the Cotton "Bowl" = BULL

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you got the connection and filled in the blanks! The title wasn’t part of the puzzle, but I appreciate your effort to make it work (all I needed was the explanation behind the phrases you chose) EDIT: I changed the title of the puzzle, so you can choose more creative phrases for your answer :) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 6:41
  • $\begingroup$ @PiIsNot3 I don't have anything more creative at the moment. If I think of something, I'll edit it in. $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 7:26

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