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Oh ho ho, another variety puzzle curveball! In this one, I started with common two-word phrases. I took two letters in each word and shifted them either both back one position or both forward one position in the alphabet, then anagrammed the results into two new words. For example, given LEAKY EARNED, you’d shift two letters forward one position in LEAKY to get LEBLY, anagramming it to get BELLY, and you’d shift two letters backward one position in EARNED to get DARNEC, anagramming that to get DANCER. Thus, the common phrase is BELLY DANCER. I contemplated creating an “easier” version, in which I’d tell you whether the pair of letters go backward or forward, but I figured that might give away too much. The one thing I did to keep it from getting too challenging is that, in each word, both letters either go back one or go forward one. Never does one letter shift backward and one letter shift forward in a single word.
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