# Nine is the limit

My first is in a bank,
My second is an evergreen,
My third is for your benefit
My fourth is in a store,
My fifth is identical,
If you've found the pattern
What is my sixth?

Those definitions might be a bit broad, but there is only one answer that follows the pattern.
If needed, I will add more clues.

This has nothing to do with computer. Each line refers to one word. Words may or may not be in the same semantic field but that's not what is important.

As you, fellow puzzlers, keep to try to make sense of this riddle as a whole, I need to tell you that each definition gives a word but those words are not in the same semantic field nor express the same idea.

I hope this one won't be an easy giveaway

My first is cautious,
My second is wise,
My third is wine,
My fourth happens in the garage,
My fifth is unchanged
Now you should have a better grasp on the pattern
So what is my sixth?

• may be sixth is limit? Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 5:52
• @SaurabhPrajapati nope, nine is the limit
– A.D.
Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 12:19
• I don't think the keyboard answers are on track because I don't see how "Nine is the limit" fits into that. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 16:49
• Part of me wants to say Star Wars movies, which might work because there are plans for a total of nine but only six have actually been released so far. The only problem is that as far as I can tell, none of the episodes really fit the clues except Attack of the Clones (my fifth is identical). Perhaps it's another film or book series? Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 17:46
• @aleppke I am afraid not
– A.D.
Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 17:53

sane

because

each word is an iteration of the pattern S A _ E

My first is in a bank, My first is cautious

safe

My second is an evergreen, My second is wise

sage

My third is for your benefit, My third is wine

sake

My fourth is in a store, My fourth happens in the garage

sale

My fifth is identical, My fifth is unchanged

same

Nine is the limit because

there are only three other words that fit the pattern: sate, save, and Saxe

• That was a big giveaway :) I should update my question because with Saxe, it adds a tenth item in the list. I thought of S.A.S.E
– A.D.
Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 16:03
• I figured you skipped that one because it's an acronym :) Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 16:04
• This is a really nice, compact, well-made puzzle! You really had me scratching my head. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 16:04
– A.D.
Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 16:05
• Wow, well done, with the giveaway I started playing with words, but well done master dennis. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 18:23

Looking outside of our narrow box

Mercury, mercury is also a metal, metal in banks (gold, silver)

So next would be

Venus, well its always yellowish according to the internet but I think of it as greeny-blue, ever green.

Lets roll with it

Earth, I mean I think it is useful to us, even if we aren't useful to it.

4.

Mars, MARS BARS! candy is in a store

5

Jupiter, which is a bit stupider... but according to a website aimed at 5th graders: The atmospheres of Saturn and Jupiter are almost identical

And what is 5 identical to?

Saturn, the 6th planet from the sun.

EDIT:

woops forgot to say 9 is the limit because VIVA LA PLUTO!

• Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 16:28
• Good thinking, but that's not the answer
– A.D.
Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 16:52

I don't think I know the full answer, but I feel like I'm on to the method of getting the answer. Perhaps someone could finish what I started here:

Each line refers to one word, as stated, but each word when said aloud is also a letter. So the full thing is a nine letter word (since nine is the limit) and the answer to the puzzle is the 6th letter of said word.

E.g.

Q in most banks a QUEUE could be found

U one type of evergreen is the YEW

O it is certainly in your benefit for me to OWE you something

The fourth and fifth is where I get stuck. The fact that the fifth is identical implies that the fifth letter is the same as the fourth letter. First, I tried looking for all 9 letter words starting with quo. However, none have the 4th and 5th letter identical.

Since that didn't work, let's try again:

G as in grand. Any bank that doesn't have that much money is a pretty poor bank.

U Let's stick with YEW since vowels are hard to come by and so do evergreens.

T Many believe TEA to be beneficial to their health.

Back where we started. QUEUEs definitely are in stores, but count for me the number of words with qq in it. Here's a hint, there aren't any. :) But what 9 letter words start with GUT and then have 2 of the same letter... Again the answer is none. So, at least one of my first three in each idea are incorrect.

So, I don't have the full answer. Who can help me? Am I on the right track?

• Good try, but you're not on the right track
– A.D.
Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 0:31

Just a guess

Is it the symbols on the keyboard along the numbers $^% ^ & * ( My first is in a bank,$- Dollar sign/Money

My second is an evergreen,

% -Percentages have been used always as an ideal measure of performance

My third is for your benefit

^ - Up arrows are often used for marking text and for easier readability

My fourth is in a store,

& -Don't know how this connects. Maybe refers to shops often being named "Mom & Pops"

My fifth is identical,

* - Maybe a reference to it being a symmetric symbol. Or could be because the * symbol is used to match repeating or identical patterns (thanks Samthere)

If you've found the pattern What is my sixth?

Is it the symbol (

• Shouldn'y it be the symbol '('? Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 4:59
• You changes your answer and now it is wrong. By your logic, * should be fifth, not ( Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:53
• * could be identical because it's often used as a wildcard in computing, matching any other patter. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:56
• @Samthere: yeah i thought so too. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:58
• Good thinking but that's not it
– A.D.
Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 12:18

Going by valuable_asset@ solution:

My first is in a bank,

$(Dollars) My second is an evergreen, #(Could be Hashish) My third is for your benefit @ (Email) My fourth is in a store, ! (Not sure, could be mark or a part of the name) My fifth is identical, ~ (Symbol of similar to) If you've found the pattern Pattern is all symbols going from 4,3,2,1,~, or if nine is the limit it could be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ~, -, *, / (Going backwards and including numlock). What is my sixth?  or - • Good thinking but that's not it – A.D. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 12:17 Following the idea of @valuable_asset and @theplace, perhaps 2 is: Num lock, as I don't know many people who turn it off and 3 might be: Backspace, which is there for correcting our mistakes 4.$ again

Meaning 5. is

Num lock (identical to 2)

And 6. would be

backspace again.

• Sorry that's not it
– A.D.
Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 15:43

could it be

money

My first is in a bank,

Money is in the bank

My second is an evergreen,

US dollars are green

My third is for your benefit

Everyone likes having money

My fourth is in a store,

you by stuff at stores with money

My fifth is identical,

Abraham Lincoln is on the five dollar bill and one cent coin

If you've found the pattern What is my sixth?

not sure what the sixth would be, possibly the $100 dollar bill Nine is the limit, could refer to the people on the bills and coins not repeated and found in general circulation. i.e. not the$1 coin or $500/$2 bill

My other idea could be

the Nine planetary limits but I can't figure out how to relate the clues

• Nope, that's not it
– A.D.
Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 0:30

Maybe it could be:

My first is in a bank

Diamonds, they can be kept in banks.

My second is an evergreen

Clubs, since the clover plant is evergreen.

My third is for your benefit

Hearts, as you would die without one (pretty big benefit)!

My fourth is in a store,

Spades, they are sold in stores (and it's the only suit left...)

My fifth is identical,

Identical to what? This one's throwing me off -- but I'll go with the jokers (since there are two).

If you've found the pattern

What is my sixth?

...so I assume that the pattern turns around and goes back to spades here.

• Interesting idea but I don't see how it fits with "Nine is the limit". Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 18:01
• @aleppke: Good point. My initial thought was that if the pattern restarted/turned around at #5 and ended where it began it would make nine in total, but by that logic it could continue indefinitely. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 18:03

I'm not sure. Is it anyway related to

nine Planets, since Nine is a limit.

My Sixth is

Saturn.

My First is in bank

Mercury - Mercury payment systems

My second is an evergreen

Venus - Venus glows green

My third is for your benefit

Earth - is for our benefit

My fourth is in a store

Mars - Chocolate

My fifth is identical

Jupiter - atmospheres of Saturn and Jupiter are almost identical

• Going hamateur beat you to this idea, and apparently it's wrong. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 7:52
• Welcome to PuzzlingSE and thank you for contributing. However, this appears to be a duplicate of another answer, and hence, may be removed. In the future, kindly review other answers before posting your own. Happy puzzling! Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 9:48