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Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here.


Another Vowelburgers™ restaurant is open! Their specialty? The burgers are specially made for specific occupations!

While they are pretty simple: bun, meat, another bun; please give them a bite!

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These burgers seem to have

L and T buns

They serve their respective occupations thusly:

Bodybuilders

LAT - for the latissimus dorsi muscles, commonly known as the lats, especially among bodybuilders

Singers

LET - Barely possibly, short for 'Live Entertainment Tax', imposed on performances by live musicians for in-person audiences. (I have no better ideas, but the others fit too well for this pattern to be an accident)

Writers

LIT - short, of course, for Literature

Auctioneers

LOT - what an item up for auction is called

Programmers

LUT - short for Lookup Table (as seen on the Wikipedia page, in the section about "Hardware LUTs")

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    $\begingroup$ I’ve been at this for a while, this has to be it! $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 11 at 2:49
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    $\begingroup$ I have to admit that... for the singers... it goes... $\endgroup$ – athin Mar 11 at 2:53
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    $\begingroup$ (anw this is correct, well done! the previous comment of mine means.. rot13(yrg vg tb) apparently.. yeah I wasn't satisfied either lol) $\endgroup$ – athin Mar 11 at 11:31
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I'm not hugely confident, but I think a lot of the clues fit. The buns for these vowelburgers are brought to you by the letters

B and G

Bodybuilders

BAG - as in a punching bag, common way to build muscle

Singers

BEG - often songs are begging for reconciliation or a relationship

Writers

BIG - many aspiring writers looking for their big break.

Auctioneers

BOG - As in bog auctions - the online real estate auction platform

Programmers

BUG - Do I really need to go into it? A joy many of us have faced.

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    $\begingroup$ Ah, not what I have in mind.. +1 anyway! $\endgroup$ – athin Mar 11 at 0:59
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This is probably incorrect, but worth a try. I think the buns could be:

N and D

Bodybuilders

NAD: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a molecule that's apparently found in all cells so it literally "builds bodies"

Singers

NED: several singers named Ned

Writers

NID: quite the stretch, possibly stands for Network Internal/Intranet/Installation/other-computer-word-that-starts-with-i Drive which a computer writes to

Auctioneers

NOD: you might nod at an auction to confirm something

Programmers

NUD: null denotation

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    $\begingroup$ Just as I post it the correct answer gets accepted! Oh well. $\endgroup$ – mbjb Mar 11 at 11:38
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Partial, but I think the answer could be

K and Y

The words I have defined are:

Singers

Key - a singer should be singing in key.

Writers

KIY - The King in Yellow, a book of short stories by Robert W. Chambers

Auctioneers

Koy - a slave, which would have been auctioned in the past.

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