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Select cases from a list based on two conditions?

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Let's say we have a list of lists of length 3, as below:

 {{{1}, {2}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{1}, {3}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{1}, {1, 2}, {1, 2, 
   3}}, {{1}, {2, 3}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{2}, {3}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{2}, {1, 
   2}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{2}, {2, 3}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{3}, {1, 2}, {1, 2, 
   3}}, {{3}, {2, 3}, {1, 2, 3}}, {{1, 2}, {2, 3}, {1, 2, 3}}}

Now, from that list I want to extract those lists which satisfy the following rules:

1) neighbouring elements in the list have either the same first element or last element, e.g. {{1},{1,2},{1,2,3}} or {{2},{2,3},{1,2,3}}.

2) when there are more than one element of length 1 in the list, we take the difference of all such pairs of elements. If that difference is not equal to the absolute value of 1 for all such pairs and the rest of the elements of that list satisfy Rule 1., we pick that list. We keep in mind that the lists in the list below can be of any length. So for example, we would pick {{1},{3},{1,2,3}} but not {{1},{2},{1,2,3}}.

Applying those 2 rules to the list above we would get:

{{1},{3},{1,2,3}},{{1},{1,2},{1,2,3}},{{{2},{1,2},{1,2,3}},{{2},{2,3},{1,2,3}},{{3},{2,3},{1,2,3}}

I kind of want to avoid using loops but if that's the only possibility then that's fine. If someone can see some different rules that would allow us the get the same output from that list above then I'd love to see it too. Any help is much appreciated.

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The description for Rule 2 states:

So for example, we would pick {{1},{3},{1,2,3}} but not {{1},{2},{1,2,3}}.

Wouldn't {{1},{2},{1,2,3}} be eliminated by Rule 1 since 2 is not the first or last element of {1} or {1, 2, 3}?

Thank you for your comment. Yes, you're correct. But then {{1},{3},{1,2,3}} would also be eliminated, by Rule 1, since 3 is not the first or last element of {1} and so this the example for why we need the Rule 2. Rule 1 has to hold for all consecutive elements in the the list.

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