What color should begin the following sequence of words?

  • ???
  • fruit
  • letter
  • computer
  • number
  • subject
  • consume
  • before
  • cut
  • cry
  • slide
  • gentle
  • awake
  • not
  • rain
  • cold

Hint 1

Beneath the sequence is a ring of other words.

Hint 2

That ring can be found by looking at pairs of the sequence.

Hint 3

Each pair is made of words adjacent to each other in the sequence.

Hint 4

The ring has eight words.

Hint 5

Each word in the ring is connected to its neighbors through their initial letters.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Blue! No, yellooaaaaaaaahhhh! $\endgroup$
    – KSmarts
    May 11, 2015 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ can we get another hint? $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    May 11, 2015 at 20:16
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ I was sure it was pairs! Fruit & computer -> apple and number & consume -> 8/ate, right? $\endgroup$ May 11, 2015 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ I bet its Orange! $\endgroup$
    – Daedric
    May 11, 2015 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ Do all pairs of the sequence have a word that is part of the ring? $\endgroup$ May 12, 2015 at 16:41

3 Answers 3


I'm totally wild guessing here:



It seems to me that by adjacent we should consider words that are "connected" via another word. That is, not the words x and x+1, but x-1 and x+1. So for example we pair "letter" and "number" and get "symbol"

So, we get a partial solution for some of the words:

fruit - A (scarlet letter)
letter - apple
computer - symbol
subject - consumer
consume - history
before -
cut - happy
cry -
slide - weep
gentle -
awake - rough
not -
rain - hot
cold -

We basically need to find a color:

the color must fit with rain and letter. So I'm guessing scarlet for: "scarlet rain" (because of this or perhaps blood in general) and the The Scarlet Letter, which is the letter "A".

  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track, but the second paragraph is incorrect; adjacent means what it sounds like. $\endgroup$
    – Ypnypn
    May 15, 2015 at 16:55

partial answer - maybe you can help me getting the missing pieces :-)

building the word ring

??? and fruit
letter and computer -> email
number and subject
consume and before -> expiration date
cut and cry -> onions
slide and gentle -> adults only ;-)
awake and not -> sleeping
rain and cold -> november

Suggestions for the color:

black or blue
because, if it is connected with the fruit to build a word, I am thinking of Blueberry or Blackberry (this may also fit with the email, if you think of the Blackberry phones)

  • $\begingroup$ You have the correct idea, and you're correct for "letter and computer" and almost correct for "awake and not". I'm about to add another hint to the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Ypnypn
    May 21, 2015 at 15:37

I'm going to guess:


Going on your pairs hint,

Brown and letter = Brown + e = brownie!


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