# Sold - a sequence of words

1. Moon
2. False
3. Coffee
4. Peace
5. Neutral
6. Stones
7. Hell
8. Private
9. Plane

What is the pattern behind this sequence? How might it continue?

• The pattern is easy. Numbers increase +1 :p Aug 6, 2015 at 12:15
• It might continue with a number followed by a word. Aug 6, 2015 at 13:45
• @Avigrail I think someone's put too much gravy in his ale. What about the words? Aug 6, 2015 at 13:48
• Are the amount of syllables in each word important?
– Doge
Aug 6, 2015 at 14:05
• Does the interpretation of the words affect the pattern? For example, if "plane" were interpreted as airplane, as opposed to a mathematical definition (point, line, plane), would it change the options for a 10th word and/or ruin the sequence at plane? Aug 6, 2015 at 21:11

Roland is on the right track, but it's

rhymes

To go through what we have:

Ought/Naught/Nought (depending on your dialect) -> bought and sold (believe it or not, I thought of it myself and then saw Roland and Echo say it in comments)
One -> sun and moon,
Two -> true and false,
Three -> tea and coffee,
Four -> war and peace,
Five -> live and neutral (terms from AC current),
Six -> sticks and stones,
Seven -> heaven and hell,
Eight -> state and private (like colleges -- thanks Bailey M from comments),
Nine -> line and plane

It might continue with

Ten -> pencil (pen and pencil)
Eleven -> Kell (Kevin and Kell)

• Great job! +1, but I'll hold off on accepting until you've got 8 and also the title. Aug 6, 2015 at 22:05
• Could eight be 'state'? Aug 6, 2015 at 22:10
• Ought -> Bought and sold? At least I was close! Aug 6, 2015 at 22:46
• Nought -> Bought and sold
– Echo
Aug 7, 2015 at 4:02
• @valuable_asset Yes, paper or ink would be better than pencil IMO. Pencil seems too much of a giveaway! Still, the important thing was to spot the pattern, not to continue it. Also, who are Kevin and Kell? Aug 7, 2015 at 12:13

This is almost certainly wrong, but my guess at the riddle's format might not be.

Each word in the sequence brings common idioms to mind, as well as opposite/counterparts, like Moon and Sun, True and False, etc. The pattern involves idioms with the words in the sequence as well as with their counterparts.
For example:
Blood Moon -- True Blood -- True/False
False Start -- Starting Tee -- Tee(Tea)/Coffee
Cold Coffee -- Cold War -- War/Peace
To come in Peace -- To be in Charge -- Charge(d)/Neutral

I'll work on some more if this isn't absolutely wrong, but it feels really forced on my end. My next pairings were going to be:

Sticks/Stones
Heaven/Hell
Public/Private
Train/Plane (vehicles) or Line/Plane (geometry)

• +1; you got halfway there. Was my last comment that big a hint? Aug 6, 2015 at 22:04