# Missing friend puzzle

There are 9 vegetables and fruits which are good friends. They decided to meet at a grocery store one day. Everyone but one friend came. The friends who came to the meeting were:

• Jackfruit
• Kumquat
• Wax Apple
• Strawberry
• Cherry
• Fig
• Lemon

What's a possible name for the 9th friend who didn't come to the meeting?

• @GentlePurpleRain, thanks for the nice edits.
– VHS
Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 4:16
• Just some random thoughts: puzzles in general should be uniquely answerable. One possible way to facilitate this is to offer a quiz-like question with suggested answers a)... b)... c)... d)... The participants' task is then to mark the one intended to be the answer. Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 10:52
• @Matsmath, I agree to your suggestion. Maybe I should have given choices for the answer since there are multiple possible answers here. However, in my case puzzle, I did say "What's a possible name" to indicate that there could be multiple different answers to this question.
– VHS
Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 14:54
• @VHS The problem is that questions with multiple possible answers on this site tend to be closed as "too broad". In this case I think it's a grey area, but we're generally looking for one distinct unambiguous answer. Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 15:56

I'm going to go with

ZUCCHINI

because

the list given contains every letter of the alphabet except Z, so the friend must contain a Z.

@GentlePurpleRain gave the explanation, other answers could have been:

It could be:

any vegetable, as 8 out of 9 are fruits...

• Well, not all fruits contain the letter z. I think 8 out of 9 is a bit much. Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 11:16
• @IAmInPLS I am afraid you misunderstood this answer. OP says "There are 9 vegetables and fruits" and lists 8 fruits (Jackfruit... Lemon). This means that it is likely that a vegetable was missing. This answerer claims, that in fact any vegetable could serve as an answer (irrespectively of whether they contain a letter z or not). Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 12:05
• Oh, you're right, I thought he ahd read the answer of GPR. Nevermind then! Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 12:35