The first step here is to identify the clued words. Most of them are uniquely defined since they have two disparate meanings given. The others can be determined from the alphabetical ordering or informed by the next step. They are in order:
Note here we have five 3-letter words, five 5-letter words, and five 7-letter words. It seems very likely we want to put one word of each length into the each of the five pyramids below, evenly distributing them amongst the appropriate-sized layers.
It's not clear which word should go where, however. A good assumption is that the horizontal rows of each pyramid should read as words themselves. This is supported by the fact that the provided bases are all acceptable 1-letter words. In fact, ideally for every new layer built on top of each base, the horizontal rows will read as words - depending on whether you accept proper nouns like Ron as allowable. This explains why every clued word has either A, I, or O as its middle letter. At any rate, the completed pyramids all have common words formed in each row, and they are as follows:
Note the three pyramids with A as a base could be placed in any order. The correct order is unlikely to be hinted at by the order of the clues as given, since they've already been restricted to clue their intended words alphabetically. Instead we can alphabetically arrange the clues. Then the clues for the three 7-letter words attached to A-base pyramids go in order PATINES ("cover..."), AUDITED ("examined..."), AFFORDS ("meets..."), which is the order we ultimately want.
Of course it's possible this intended ordering could be missed, in which case one would be left with the following possible circled letters: [KLN]H[AUF]F[ASU]. The first letter is most likely K, based on no known common English words beginning with the NH or LH bigram. The third must be a vowel, and likely so too is the fifth. We can also note that by choosing the correct letters K, U, and U respectively, we are choosing the only instance of that letter in the pyramid.
However the final answer is reached, we get the word KHUFU, which is the name of the Great Pyramid at Giza's entombed pharaoh (better known as the anglicised Cheops).
|The answer is: khufu|