Word Chain - Know Your ABCs

The last letter of each word determines the first letter of the next word. NOTE: There's a pattern afoot!
The first word starts with A and ends with B. The second word starts with B and ends with C. The third word starts with C and ends in A.
Rinse and repeat for an ABC word chain :)
All answers are single words, but some may be hyphenated.
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Last updated: November 2, 2017
First submittedNovember 2, 2017
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Sponges do this well
absorb
Slang for getting really angry; "go _______"
ballistic
Biggest country in North America
Canada
Describes a verb
adverb
Improvised shelter
bivouac
Comforting chocolate drink
cocoa
Keep your cool; "to have great ______"
aplomb
Lowest ecological region of a body of water; i.e. the _______ zone
benthic
Stout bodied-insect, known for loud droney singing. Adults of some species only emerge every 13 or 17 years.
cicada
Regional organisation of countries in and around North Africa, Horn of Africa and Arabia. "The _____ League"
Arab
Sea that includes the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Riga
Baltic
If you've seen a total solar eclipse you've seen one of these!
corona
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The exact opposite of a snob
anti-snob
A kind of acid
butyric or boric
Penultimate pharoah of Egypt who tried to maintain Egypt's independence from Rome; celebrated in film and theatre from Shakespeare to the Academy Awards.
Cleopatra
Speak or perform without previous preparation; improvise verbally
ad-lib
Relating to bibliography, e.g. __________ records
bibliographic
First reported sighting of this cryptid was in Puerto Rico in 1995; translates to "goat-sucker".
chupacabra
Jihadist fundamentalist group operating in Somalia/Yemen; claimed responsibility for the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi
Al-Shabaab
Economic grouping of Brazil, Russia, India and China
BRIC
Fear of being enclosed in a small space
claustrophobia
Hebrew name. One of these folks married Jezebel, and one chased a whale.
Ahab
Programming language that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014; this word also means 'not fancy,' or 'pH less than 7'
BASIC
A cuter name for garbanzo beans
chickpea
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Level 40
Feb 15, 2021
Great quiz!!!
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2021
Cool Idea! :)
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Level 76
Mar 23, 2021
Cheers! Even a dork can be cool twice a day ;)
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Level 55
Jun 8, 2021
What a challenging quiz - presumably also for you, but you pulled it through!
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Level 76
Jul 18, 2021
Haha yes, it was fun and challenging to make :)
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Level 59
Jul 30, 2021
I spent too much time wondering why you would want berserk to end in c. Also, you could update the corona clue.
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Level 76
Aug 10, 2021
Oh dear, so you went a little berserk stuck on berserk? :) I was thinking about updating the corona clue to 'unfortunately named beer' ;)