Consider the following quotes:

I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.
The Matrix

A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Fern'd grot—
Thomas Edward Brown

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.
Hunter S. Thompson

Which of the following best completes this ordered sequence and why?


Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.
Genesis 11:31


There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
William Shakespeare


We are young, wandering the face of the earth
Wondering what our dreams might be worth
Learning that we're only immortal for a limited time


I notice that the first three

contain NEO (=ONE), WOT (=TWO) and THERE (=THREE) respectively.

But none of the candidate fourth ones

contain a word that's an anagram of FOUR. The best I can do is that A has "UR OF" (two words). Perhaps that's the intended answer?

Incidentally, if this or something sufficiently like it is the intention, it might be better

to say "continues" rather than "completes". I'm pretty sure I remember reading somewhere that there are more numbers after 4.

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  • $\begingroup$ Whoa, that was fast, kudos :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Aug 25 '16 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ That, indeed, is it. Anagrams usually encompass single and multiple word re-arrangements. The first three numbers didn't yield and multiple word anagrams that interested me. Your point about further numbers is valid. Congratulations! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 25 '16 at 11:32
  • $\begingroup$ @ABcDexter: The Neo/One thing is kinda famous, and the "wot" in the second one rather jumps out (I can't offhand think of anything else famous with that word in). I think it would have been harder, at least for me, if the first quotation had been about (say) Brian Eno and the second had had a Yorkshireman using the word "owt". (I am not suggesting that that would have been an improvement.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 25 '16 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Redwall hares regularly use 'wot'. :P $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 25 '16 at 14:12
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    $\begingroup$ Also in #3: ether. $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Aug 25 '16 at 18:42


None of the first three

has a J, K, X, or Z.

A & B

Have at least one of those. C doesn't.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid I'm looking for an ordered sequence. "What do these have in common" would be too broad. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 25 '16 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ @HughMeyers :/ That was the only thing I could find. I'll keep looking! $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 25 '16 at 11:18

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