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As we've had 12 hours without a guess, here's another small clue...

One character of the answer is amongst the six characters that are yet to be included in any guessed word.

Would it be possible for you to double check the previous answers?

Last night I "proved" that no word fits the available information.

Its probably just a logic error on my part, but if nobody is answering...

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After double double checking scores and checking the spelling of the word, I can advise that the scores are as below (unchanged) and that (via OneLook) 25 general dictionaries have entries along with 9 additional specialist dictionaries.

millions - xo

brunette - ooo

computer - oooo

tequilas - xx

chainsaw - xo

paycheck - oo

tendrils - xo

untoward - xoo

business - oo

trombone - xxoooo

pentagon - xoo

rambutan - xoooo

Maybe 8 letters makes it too hard to prove but unless someone asks me to post the word (in a spoiler) I will just continue to provide regular clues...

The score for trombone shows a 'hit' for every letter except the T and the N.

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Let me make sure that I understand how this works.

[none of these should be considered guesses]

If the real word is: bmeooraa

And the guess: rambutan

the result would be: xoooo

One a is in the correct place, and gets an x. Other letters which are correct, but in the wrong location are: bmra for four o's

If the real word is: bmeooraf

and the guess: rambutan

the result would be: xooo

One a is in the correct place, and gets an x. Other letters which are correct, but in the wrong location are: bmr for three o's

The first a would NOT produce an o, because the target word has only one a (which is already represented by an x)

is that correct?

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millions - xo

brunette - ooo

computer - oooo

tequilas - xx

chainsaw - xo

paycheck - oo

tendrils - xo

untoward - xoo

business - oo

trombone - xxoooo

pentagon - xoo

rambutan - xoooo

brambles - xoooo

Let me try to prove that this is impossible:

1. "The score for trombone shows a 'hit' for every letter except the T and the N."

So we know that the word contains at least the following letters:

ROMBOE, and does not contain T or N

2. computer has four hits. We already know the word contains omer. That means that the word does NOT contain U

3: rambutan has five hits: we know that the word does not contain utn, so ramba must all hit. That adds two a's to the known letters: ROMBOEAA

4: "One character of the answer is amongst the six characters that are yet to be included in any guessed word."

Since we have already identified all 8 letters, and all of them have already been used, there is no combination of 8 letters that fits all the given clues (whether or not they form a word).

Where did I go wrong?

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Let me try to prove that this is impossible:

1. "The score for trombone shows a 'hit' for every letter except the T and the N." why?

So we know that the word contains at least the following letters:

ROMBOE, and does not contain T or N

2. computer has four hits. We already know the word contains omer. That means that the word does NOT contain U

3: rambutan has five hits: we know that the word does not contain utn, so ramba must all hit. That adds two a's to the known letters: ROMBOEAA

4: "One character of the answer is amongst the six characters that are yet to be included in any guessed word."

Since we have already identified all 8 letters, and all of them have already been used, there is no combination of 8 letters that fits all the given clues (whether or not they form a word).

Where did I go wrong?

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A much more complicated proof was possible before the hints, but it was so long that I had limited confidence.

This far shorter proof (made possible by the hints) seems more straight forward. I must not properly understand the rules.

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Ok, my brain is bit slower but I just spent about a half hour examining Solman's proof and it's sound. If wombat has scored the words correctly then I think his spoiler hints must be incorrect and should be discounted.

If the spoiler hint regarding "trombone" is correct and we do indeed know which 2 letters are wrong in that word then all 8 letters are known and they don't match any words in my list.

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Ok, my brain is bit slower but I just spent about a half hour examining Solman's proof and it's sound. If wombat has scored the words correctly then I think his spoiler hints must be incorrect and should be discounted.

If the spoiler hint regarding "trombone" is correct and we do indeed know which 2 letters are wrong in that word then all 8 letters are known and they don't match any words in my list.

If we take notice of the hints, we have 9 letters (1 of those not already guessed)

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I actually spent a lot of time on this on Friday when the only words listed were......

millions - xo

brunette - ooo

computer - oooo

tequilas - xx

chainsaw - xo

paycheck - oo

.....and just those managed to eliminate all but 2 words from my list. I had 1 one word that almost fit the pattern but didn't match the score for millions. I assumed I had made an error someplace and just left it for the weekend. I think now though we have enough scoring proof to say there is an error someplace, but perhaps the error is simply in the spoiler clues and not the scores.

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