I began as a mild expression of surprise.
At 2, I was a U.S. Army soldier.
At 3, a revolutionary separation expert
At 4, an Aussie child's toy
At 6, a plant with yellow flowers
At 7, more of the same

Then I slept for a few and became what?

  • $\begingroup$ Do the numbers relate to the number of characters in the word? $\endgroup$ – Moose Jul 31 '15 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Moose I'm just now seeing your comment. Sorry I missed it. $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 1 '15 at 11:16
  • $\begingroup$ Well it might not be good practice, but I've had multiple answers deleted or turned into a comment so I honestly have no idea what to make of this site. Corrected. $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Aug 4 '15 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Kingrames I have seen answers turned into comments because they didn't answer the question. If yours did answer the question, partially or fully, then it should have remained an answer, assuming it was well-explained. $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 4 '15 at 14:01

Going hamateur was close, but not quite right.

G = "Gee" (thanks to Kingrames)
GI = US Soldier (thanks to Going hamateur)
GIN = Cotton gin separates cotton (thanks to Going hamateur)
GING = Australian slang for a slingshot
GINGER has yellow flowers
GINGERS more of the same

Final answer is:


  • $\begingroup$ Good. I was less than convinced, got a little stuck on ginkgo... I looked up yellow flowers and hey starts with GIN and is 6 letters... and a flower... But gj man. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 31 '15 at 22:09
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't really mean the first line the way it sounded, mostly I just meant I was building off your work. :P $\endgroup$ – VictorHenry Jul 31 '15 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ I didnt take offense, I was saying I was glad someone cracked it. I was rather displeased with my answer. For ginko extensions I got a bunch of poor examples and gink and australia seemed to have no connection. I did not think I was right. I was more describing this shakespearean tragedy that was my quest into ginkgo, which was in some respect fruitless (unlike ginger plants) $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 31 '15 at 22:23

I believe most of it is:

G": as in GEE WILLICKERS BATMAN, credit to Kingrames (I may have missed the hint) GI: Military soldier
GIN: Cotton gin helped the industrial revolution and separates cotton from seed
GINKGO: Chinese tree with yellow seeds
GINKGOS: Same deal

slept for 7 and became:

GINKGOSMNP.INC an HP command injection exploit!

  • $\begingroup$ I concede I did not nail it. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 31 '15 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ I think the 4-letter one is Gino. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jul 31 '15 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ You forgot the first one, G, or Gee, as in "Gee whiz!" $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Jul 31 '15 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ Oh wow I did not even see that as a hint... I am sleepy... $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 31 '15 at 21:51

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