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Shortly after this conversation, Max and Lisa had another argument:

Max: Huh? What's going on?
Lisa: You're browsing the web with your smartphone instead of paying attention!
Max: I was sending a message to my sister!
Lisa: Oh, is she picking you up in her car after school?
Max: Yes, we're going to play music together.
Lisa: You should listen to the teacher, she's showing us the lower-case Greek alphabet.
Max: I care less about that than anything else!

What word did he miss this time?

This puzzle is inspired by the previous one, but it can be solved independently.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is is ok for me to solve it? $\endgroup$ – UnidentifiedX Feb 25 at 12:15
  • $\begingroup$ @UnidentifiedX Sure. The style is similar to yours, but the clues fit together in a different way. I don't think you have any unfair advantage here. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 25 at 12:16
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I think the word is

Minimum

Thanks to Darrel Hoffman for pointing out that

The nth line clues the first n letters of the word.

Huh? What's going on?

Huh? Could be synonymous for M? (hmmm?)

You're browsing the web with your smartphone instead of paying attention!

Mi - perhaps referring to the Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha

I was sending a message to my sister!

Perhaps Max's sister's name is Min (short for Minimum)

Oh, is she picking you up in her car after school?

A Mini Cooper

Yes, we're going to play music together.

With lots of minims.

You should listen to the teacher, she's showing us the lower-case Greek alphabet.

Perhaps, in particular, a mini mu

I care less about that than anything else!

He cares the minimum amount.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's correct. The first and second lines also have meaning cluing something specific (although it was a little harder to clue in those cases). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 25 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, okay, I will think on it. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 25 at 12:18
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino Nice work! Could it be possible that Max is rot13(oebjfvat jvgu Bcren Zvav)? $\endgroup$ – hagfy Feb 25 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ @hagfy Ah, yes, nice. I'll add that in. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 25 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ I believe that you should rot13(fgneg jvgu bar yrggre - "z", naq nqq bar yrggre sbe rnpu pyhr). $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Feb 25 at 20:58
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Is the word:

Delta?

Because:

Max doesn't care about learning it, because he thinks he knows what it is already, as a lower case delta symbol looks a bit like a Treble Clef, which he would know if he can play music.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, sorry. When you find the intended solution, all the clues should fit together in a specific way. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 25 at 12:00
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Is the word:

iota

Because

Max does not give an iota?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, sorry. When you find the intended solution, all the clues should fit together in a specific way. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 25 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I have no idea wtf is going on here. $\endgroup$ – Christofer Ohlsson Feb 25 at 15:09

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