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=== Solving === Since many of these puzzles are designed to discourage taking shortcuts in the matching process, other aspects should be focused on first. If possible, the best first step is to look at the collection of possible 'result' words. If they're in clue form, solving them could give a serious leg up on identifying the component words. Larger words often only have a couple ways to be broken down into component words, so identifying them and breaking them into their compounds will usually be easier than scanning through a larger list of components to see what could combine to form valid words. The difficulty in the above strategy comes when a puzzle uses any of the special methods for creating Word Compounds. If there ''are'' hints in the flavortext or title to how the puzzle works, attempt that method in reverse on one of the result words. If it works, you can probably apply it to all of the other words in that set. If there aren't any hints, you may have to bite the bullet and dip into the component clues as well. Once you find a pair of words that seems like it shares a large portion of its letters with one of the results, try to figure out how to get from A + B to AB. Once that change is cracked, you can start applying it to the other results you have. Another possible roadblock is that the result clues may be [[Intentional Ambiguity|intentionally ambiguous]], preventing a quick solve via working backwards. In this case, there's not a lot of other options besides solving what you can, writing down your answers, and doing some experimentation.
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