That Sinking Feeling
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Start by reordering the words in each column to make 10 sensible clues, each with 10 words.
The answer to each clue is a 10-letter word, meaning that you can match up each letter to a word in the clue. All of the columns were presented in alphabetical order, so you'll also need to find a new order.
If you color each letter with the color of its corresponding word in the clue, and then sort in A-J order, the red letters will spell out a useful cluephrase.
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The answer to row B is the Milton Bradley game BATTLESHIP. It will now be useful to learn more about this game (in particular, red and white have a certain meaning).
Counting white letters as misses and red letters as hits, you can uniquely determine the positions of a standard Battleship fleet (ships of lengths 2,3,3,4,5). Read the letters on the ships that aren't part of the APPLY ROW B message to get the answer.