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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 Spaceman Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Spaceman }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ FAMILY }&\text{ FRIENDS }\\ \hline \text{ TABARD }&\text{ TUNIC }\\ \hline \text{ TAIPAN }&\text{ MOGUL }\\ \hline \text{ CLAVUS }&\text{ CALLUS }\\ \hline \text{ CEILIDH }&\text{ SHINDIG }\\ \hline \text{ REMORSE }&\text{ REGRET }\\ \hline \text{ DEMOLISH }&\text{ ESTABLISH }\\ \hline \text{ COBALAMIN }&\text{ RIBOFLAVIN }\\ \hline \text{ REBUKABLE }&\text{ COMMENDABLE }\\ \hline \text{ UNREBUKED }&\text{ DISCIPLINED }\\ \hline \end{array}$$                                        

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

Spaceman Words™,Not Spaceman Words™
FAMILY,FRIENDS
TABARD,TUNIC
TAIPAN,MOGUL
CLAVUS,CALLUS
CEILIDH,SHINDIG
REMORSE,REGRET
DEMOLISH,ESTABLISH
COBALAMIN,RIBOFLAVIN
REBUKABLE,COMMENDABLE
UNREBUKED,DISCIPLINED

The puzzle satisfies the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Spaceman Word™ without relying on the other words.
These are not the only examples of Spaceman Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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A Spaceman Word™

contains a national capital spelled backwards. This is hinted by the fact that SPACEMAN spelled backwards is NAMECAPS i.e. "names of capitals."

The listed examples include

FAMILY $ \rightarrow $ F (LIMA)< Y (capital of Peru)
TABARD $ \rightarrow $ (RABAT)< D (capital of Morocco)
TAIPAN $ \rightarrow $ T (APIA)< N (capital of Samoa)
CLAVUS $ \rightarrow $ CL (SUVA)< (capital of Fiji)
CEILIDH $ \rightarrow $ CE (DILI)< H (capital of East Timor)
REMORSE $ \rightarrow $ R (ROME)< SE (capital of Italy)
DEMOLISH $ \rightarrow $ D (LOME)< ISH (capital of Togo)
COBALAMIN $ \rightarrow $ C (MALABO)< IN (capital of Equatorial Guinea)
REBUKABLE $ \rightarrow $ REB (BAKU)< LE (capital of Azerbaijan)
UNREBUKED $ \rightarrow $ U (BERN)< UKED (capital of Switzerland)

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  • $\begingroup$ A perfect answer - well done! Checkmark incoming... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Oct 18 at 5:24

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