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Here is the scenario. The other day I watched two excellent well informed teams playing Codenames.

Amazingly the first team got six out of nine in their first attempt! The three words remaining for them were

Mud

Fact

Deep

The assassin was: Bulb

The other team was faced with a real possibility that if they don't get all the 8 words then the opponent could win in the next attempt.

The Spymaster after a lot of thinking said:

______ , 8

The word he said had a single vowel (used once)

What was his clue? The words are below.

COLLEGE

SCARY

EGYPT

TENNIS

MUSIC

DREAM

ENGLAND

LEAD

The clue word, as it turns out, had a very good connection to all words.

Assume the Innocent Bystanders were irrelevant to his answer

Please comment if this is too broad. I will restrict it further.

Please no partial answers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Probably needs a trivia tag. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Jan 27 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Could not find one $\endgroup$ – DEEM Jan 27 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ What a game of codenames! $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jan 27 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM Knowledge tag is also known as trivia $\endgroup$ – North Jan 27 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ Now I feel bad about my games of Codenames, where 3 in a turn is considered a success. $\endgroup$ – ElBarto Jan 28 at 9:21
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The word is

KING

The connections are

King's COLLEGE
Stephen King (SCARY)
King of EGYPT
Billie Jean King (TENNIS; thanks @North)
MUSIC has plenty of "Kings", including Elvis Presley, BB King, Michael Jackson...
I have a DREAM (Martin Luther King)
King of ENGLAND
What kings do is LEAD

And the word has no connection to MUD, FACT, DEEP or BULB (that I can tell).

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    $\begingroup$ There's a really famous tennis player named Billie Jean King $\endgroup$ – North Jan 27 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ @North Thanks! Edited that in. $\endgroup$ – jafe Jan 27 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ Isn't there a KING'S college in England? $\endgroup$ – North Jan 27 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ @North Yes, there are a few... ;) $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Jan 27 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ Answerers putting their solutions in spoiler tags is of little benefit if people then give the answer away in the comments. Try being more indirect in alluding to the answer instead of saying or referencing it directly, or using ROT-13 encoding or similar if you must, to preserve the mystery for future would-be solvers. :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jan 28 at 11:29

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