These 12 elements form a set with a certain pattern, but there is one element that does not fit. Which one is that?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi John, is this your own puzzle or did you find it somewhere? If the latter, please could you attribute the source in the question? Otherwise this may end up being closed since all questions from elsewhere need to be fully accredited on this site... Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Oct 3 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ Hi! This is one of my puzzles. $\endgroup$ – JohnMollis Oct 3 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, great - thanks for confirming :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Oct 3 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ Hi John, I like this puzzle but it's very hard and no good answers have been posted in 2 weeks. Time for a hint? $\endgroup$ – omzrs Oct 16 at 21:30

I would say that the

First one, SRR is the odd one out.


Each of the other strings can begin an English word. SCRape, APple, CALm, FIAt, CHLorine, DOCtor, RENt, EMPire, MIEn, COal, MEIosis to name some examples.

  • $\begingroup$ nice observation but does not really use anything from the pattern other than letters $\endgroup$ – JohnMollis Oct 3 at 18:47

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