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Solutions for Act V Scene 1 - Syllable Lab

The only noticeable connection between the sixteen given words is that they are all three syllables long. The key step here is reachable without help, but the title "Syllable lab" is a big hint that we should be focussing on and/or isolating the middle syllables in each word.

Picking out the middle syllable is occasionally ambiguous, but in almost all cases there should be a most-obvious way to split the word up, often confirmed by saying the word aloud slowly.

The key step here is to notice that these new isolated syllables can be joined pairwise to make new words, filling the gap with a new middle syllable. In all cases we can preserve spelling and the commonest pronunciation when performing this step, except where the middle syllable of DEFACEMENT becomes the first of FACIALLY, if you consider the "sh" sound distinct from and not made up of the "s" sound from "face". Preserving syllables this way leads to only one or two common words per pair (where any ambiguities can be fixed in the following step) - for example, DISINFECT gives us INF, FRUSTRATED gives us TRATE, and so combining them gives us INFILTRATE. A general rule of thumb is to extend the syllable as far as you can before no possible words can be made. All up we get:

INFILTRATE
DEMENTING (or DEMOTING)
EXCELLING
FORAGER
IMPROVISE
FACIALLY
CONFESSOR
RIVALRY

So now we have eight new words from sixteen. The most obvious thing to do is repeat the original process on these new words. This gives:

FILAMENT
CELLARAGE
PROVINCIAL
FESTIVAL

Applying again we get:

LAMELLAR
VINDICTIVE

And so finally we arrive at the final possible word MELODIC, which can refer to intonation and rhythm of voice - things you might also be listening out for when hearing syllables.

The answer is: melodic