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
  • Avocado
  • Fig
  • Lemon

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

  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain, thanks for the nice edits. $\endgroup$ – VHS Nov 9 '16 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Matsmath Nov 9 '16 at 10:52
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – VHS Nov 9 '16 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Nov 9 '16 at 15:56

I'm going to go with



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:

Yuzu, Arazá or Ziziphus fruit.


It could be:

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

  • $\begingroup$ Well, not all fruits contain the letter z. I think 8 out of 9 is a bit much. $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Nov 9 '16 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ @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). $\endgroup$ – Matsmath Nov 9 '16 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, you're right, I thought he ahd read the answer of GPR. Nevermind then! $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Nov 9 '16 at 12:35

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