Two-time reigning Puzzler of the Month has be dethroned. Matthew Gilman identified the theme of “States” and found 20 words that fit. I will just paste his answers here instead of typing them out myself.
state of DESPAIR
state of DECAY
state of UNDRESS
AFFAIRS of state (or state of AFFAIRS)
state of GRACE
state of FLUX
Then these last two: state TABLE (which is a tool used in programming/logic/automation)
HALL of state (which is a Texas historical landmark)
While the last two were not my intended answers, they fit. I figured there would be other words that fit with STATE.
The final two answers were ROGUE state, and SECRETARY of state.
Gideon has successfully defended his title, and is July’s Kids Puzzler of the Month. The theme for the kids puzzle was also STATES. He aced it. Good job!