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#1 bonanova

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:53 PM

It's Saturday night, and being a puzzle writer I have no social life. 
So I make a list of a dozen things: 

1. A destroyer of compasses
2. A massive herbivore
3. A peculiar behavior
4. A portrayal, as [if] perfect
5. A student of obfuscation
6. A way for water to disappear
7. An earth scientist
8. Some bilious organs
9. Some cell phones
10. Some foot doctors
11. Some groups of possibly heterogeneous things considered as a whole
12. Some people who study races

I lazily let my pencil wander down through the list, three times,
thus dividing each word into four pieces of lengths 2, 3, 4: 

AG  BL  GE  GR  ID  PT  VA [7]

ACK  ADD  AGN  ALI  ASY  BER  CRY  DEM  EDI  ERS  
ETH  ETI  GAL  HIP  HOP  IDE  IST  ION  IOS  IZA
LBL  MUS  NOL  OGI  OPH  ORT  OTA  POP  POR STS
STS  YSI  ZAT  ZER  [34]

CIST  EGAT  IONS  OLOG  RIES  TION  YNCR  [7]

Finally, I notice that if I take the 2nd letter of each word, I get something appropriate for this forum.

What is it?

[The words are nouns of equal length, and singular or plural as the clues indicate.]
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:09 PM

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:25 PM

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Edited by Thalia, 23 June 2012 - 09:35 PM.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:51 PM

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:31 PM

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:57 AM

All words are correct. And so the answer is ... ?
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:09 AM

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:29 PM

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Perfect. :)
Perhaps presumptuous on my part, but amazingly, that's what fell out.
Seriously? Nah.
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