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    Default Any chance I could get a little help with this puzzle?

    Hello all Rather new to this site, but not to puzzles :P

    Recently, I have had a puzzle that stumped the ever-loving heck out of me, and I was wondering if I could pick your brains on it? Lol...

    The puzzle is as such:

    8 Words

    A: LNR
    B: AR
    C: H
    D: L
    E: BNRSV
    G: AL
    H: ADEOU
    I: AMS
    L: EIR
    M: P
    N: DG
    O: ENORT
    P: E
    R: IOSU
    S: EH
    T: HO
    U: NS
    V: R
    W: A

    Now, I have had it explained to me, thus:

    The short form of the instructions is that there are eight words (as shown by the list header). These words share a common category; that category is the answer to the puzzle. The words are composed from the letters down the left-hand column, and are followed by the letters to their right. Letters on the rightmay be reused. For example, if the words were DOLLAR and DRAMA, the list would look like:
    A - MR
    D - OR
    L - AL
    M - A
    R - A

    Well, I have never some across one like this before, and while I can definitely see that certain pairs must go together (there being only 1 option), overall, I cannot figure out a word list. Apparently, there are 8 words total, but I dunno length, nor content.

    The list of 2-letter pairs is:

    al an ar
    ba br
    ch
    dl
    eb en er es ev
    ga gl
    ha hd he ho hu
    ia im is
    le li lr
    mp
    nd ng
    oe on oo or ot
    pe
    ri ro rs ru
    se sh
    th to
    un us
    vr
    wa

    Could anyone PLEASE help me find a list of 8 words that use this whole list? I dunno what this kind of puzzle is even called :P

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    There are a few things that are unclear to me from your explanation.

    First, must a letter from the right follow a letter from the left? If so you would never get a word like drama. All words would have an even number of letters.

    Second, are letters from the left used only once? And are all letters supposed to be used? I don't see how letters from the right can be reused if this is the case. If letters can be reused somehow, then this is an ill-constrained problem.
    ETA: What I'm asking is if each digraph is used only once or can they be re-used?

    Third, is there a specific language that the words are from? If English, is it British English or American English? The letter combination 'vr' is not very common in American English, but moreso in British English. Characteristics like this can be useful in narrowing your word pool.
    WHRECVBBLSMCEYVIHTEOIZROMR

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    I am 99.9% sure it is english... and probably american english.

    From how I understood it, every letter on the left is followed, in at least one of the words, by each letter on the right. So, for example, "W" can only be the START of a word, since it isn't listed on the right anywhere.

    They CAN be odd-numbered... it's like this (I believe):

    Take the word "American" for example. Your letter pairs would be "am, me, er, ri, ic, ca, an", and the puzzle would be written:

    a: m, n
    m: e
    e: r
    r: i
    i: c
    c: a

    which would be put alphabetically, as:

    a: m, n
    c: a
    e: r
    i: c
    m: e
    r: i

    This puzzle, though, is a total of 8 words. I do NOT think they are a phrase or sentence... just 8 words.

    What I have figured out are probable word-parts, based on only appearing once (or so) in the puzzle, are these:

    ch-
    wa-
    -evr-
    -mpe-
    -imp-
    -hdl-
    -nd OR -ndl-

    etc.

    Letters from the left are used as many times as there are letters on the right on each row. Letters on the right are all used. I believe that, if you have 2 words with the same letter pair in it somewhere, like "will" and "wind", a particular pair can be used more than once; such as:

    i: n,l
    l: l
    n: d
    w: i

    This is how *I* understand the puzzle. But I am the one trying to solve it, not make it, so I am at a loss, myself :P

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    Looks a lot like this one from pianoman:

    Amusement Park

    I'll look at it when I get my computer turn in a bit.

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    I've solved it, would you like me to post it? Or give you a hint?

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    Hint if you'd like:



    Solution if you'd like:


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    Oh, by all means, *I* would love the answer I gave up quite a while ago, myself. You can just PM me, if you think others would like to figure it out themselves; but at this point, for me, I just want the answer :P Lol!

    And thank you, by the way!

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    You're welcome! Thanks for the diversion! It was a nice challenge.

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