Eduardo is having a dream the night before his English quiz. Actually it's a nightmare. His teacher hands him the quiz and says "Hello, Eduardo. To wake up confident and rested, just answer this three-part question correctly." Eduardo reads over the quiz and is puzzled, angry, frustrated, and very, very tired, but he sees no way out of his dream other than acing the quiz.
QUESTION: Your three-letter "Dream Word" is _ _ _ and the two clues hidden in this puzzle are ___ and ___ .
One letter of the Dream Word is the letter preceding the letter with the optional accent in a vocabulary entry that ends with an apostrophe.
Another letter of the Dream Word is the first letter of the first name of the author of an American and British bestseller, written in English. It was first published (intentionally) in a foreign-language translation about a month before it came out in English.
Another letter of the Dream Word is the first letter of the strange odd-man-out among these pairs:
adapt/adaptive, abuse/abusive, conduct/conductive,
convulse/convulsive, corrode/corrosive, corrupt/corruptive,
deceive/deceptive, elude/elusive, expend/expensive,
explode/explosive, induct/inductive, misuse/misusive,
protect/protective, reduce/reductive, repulse/repulsive
- Each of the two hidden clues is a single word. Together, they will confirm that your Dream Word is correct.
The following hints are not strictly required to solve the puzzle but were added to aid in the process.
5. Additional clue:
The first letter of the (English) name of the foreign language in Clue (2) is, by coincidence, the same as the first letter of the author's first name, and this is not a Romance language.
6. Additional clue:
About Clue (3):
7. Additional clue:
The vocabulary entry in Clue (1) is a noun.
8. Additional clues:
The book title in Clue (2) is that of another work, which is central to the book's plot.
9. Additional clue:
If you count only the letters in the answer to clue (1), they total seven. Each is different from the others and, by coincidence, the last letter is the same letter as in Clue (5).
10. Additional clue:
The optional accent in Clue (1) is one you know, but not a diaeresis (umlaut), grave accent, acute accent, tilde, overring, or cedilla.
11. Additional clue:
Eduardo has just turned in his quiz and reports that his Dream Word can be anagrammed to only one other English word.
12. Additional clue:
Don't just stare at Clue (3); do some work!
13. Additional clue:
The first word in the title of the translated book in Clue (2) is an anagram of the first word in the English title.
14. Additional clue:
A little birdie gave Eduardo a big hint: The first word of the book title is The.
15. Final additional clue:
Clue (14) is actually two clues about the book title.