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With inspiration from Detiva's puzzle.

Find words to fit the clues. Each pair of $\text{X}$'s should be replaced with the same two letters (in order).

$ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{19px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\color{white}{\textbf{Pattern}}}\def\NT{\color{white}{\textbf{Clue}}}\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[teal]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2020.01.21-custom}\S{101px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\T&\NT\\\hline % ~\text{ X _ _ _ _ _ _ X }&\text{ mistake }\\ \hline ~\text{ _ X _ _ _ _ X _ }&\text{ active }\\ \hline ~\text{ _ _ X _ _ X _ _ }&\text{ №1 }\\ \hline ~\text{ _ _ _ X X _ _ _ }&\text{ field }\\ \hline ~\text{ _ _ X _ _ X _ _ }&\text{ direction }\\ \hline ~\text{ _ X _ _ _ _ X _ }&\text{ cut }\\ \hline ~\text{ X _ _ _ _ _ _ X }&\text{ seizure }\\ \hline \end{array}\end{gather}$


The first $\text{X}$ in the first row represents the same letter as the first $\text{X}$ in all other rows and the second $\text{X}$ in the first row represents the same letter as the second $\text{X}$ in all other rows.

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Here's my updated shot at this:

XX = IN

ILLUSION - Mistake

DILIGENT - Active

ORIGINAL - No. 1

DOMINION - Field

GUIDANCE - Direction

DISCOUNT - Cut

INVASION - Seizure

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  • $\begingroup$ I think you misunderstood the puzzle. It's not in each row, the two letters are the same. It's the same pair of letters in every row. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 21 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ Got it, you can see the reasoning before the edits were included though. Apologies for interpreting a wordplay puzzle clue literally. $\endgroup$ – zeethreepio Apr 21 at 18:48
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    $\begingroup$ Updated answer to fit the rules $\endgroup$ – zeethreepio Apr 21 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ Re your new answer: There's a typo in your 2nd (9 letters) and your 6th doesn't have enough letters (7 letters)... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Apr 21 at 20:47
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    $\begingroup$ Yep, forgot to update that last one with the shortage. Haste makes waste... $\endgroup$ – zeethreepio Apr 21 at 21:44

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