# Find the color to start the sequence

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.

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

I'm totally wild guessing here:

Scarlet

Because:

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:

scarlet
fruit - A (scarlet letter)
letter - apple
computer - symbol
number
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".

• You're on the right track, but the second paragraph is incorrect; adjacent means what it sounds like. 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)

• 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. May 21, 2015 at 15:37

I'm going to guess:

Brown.