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I've messed up once again. I was supposed to put this group of words in order... Even though I'm sure I've alphabetized them correctly, I've been told that my solution is completely wrong! I can't take this anymore. Can anyone give me a sign and show me how to complete my task?

BUSINESS | CHEESE | DAYS | EYES | FLY | FORD | HOLE | PACK | PEN | POTATO | SHOE | WOODS

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A compatible answer is

PACK | FORD | WOODS| HOLE | FLY | EYES | SHOE | CHEESE | BUSINESS | POTATO | DAYS | PEN

If these are ordered according to the

Chinese zodiac animals:
Rat pack, Oxford, Tiger Woods, Rabbit hole, Dragonfly, Snake eyes, Horseshoe, Goat cheese, Monkey business, Rooster potato, Dog days, Pigpen

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    $\begingroup$ how do you people make this kind of logic leaps? I am genuinely fascinated and definitely feeling I am missing some important brain cells. $\endgroup$ – htmlcoderexe Jun 30 at 9:03
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    $\begingroup$ @htmlcoderexe One tip on this type of puzzle - always count the number of items. Then ask yourself if there is anything which regularly comes in a set of this size, which the setter might have used as a hidden theme. For a set of 12 your mind might then jump to months, Zodiac signs, Chinese Zodiac signs, birthstones, disciples of Jesus, days of Christmas, etc. - you can then try and spot whether each member of the set maps to one of the answers in some way. A lot of puzzles work in this thematic way. Of course the main advice is: practice makes perfect! Keep puzzling and keep learning :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jun 30 at 11:54

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