Take a word for someone that is happy.

Now add 3 letters in front of it, and you've climbed closer to the answer.

Remove the last 3 letters of it, and add 2 in their place, and you're going in the right direction.

Take just the last 2 letters of the word you currently have, and get rid of the rest of the word. Add 1 letter to the end of those 2 letters, and you've got something I might read over coffee.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Is it deliberate that the puzzle doesn't specified where the final "1 more letter" is to be added? (I am expecting that the answer is yes; but if e.g. it was meant to be obvious that it goes at the end, or something like that, you might want to make it explicit.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 31 '17 at 0:15
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan thanks for reminding me. I have edited the question accordingly. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Dec 31 '17 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ The edit still leaves it ambiguous where the new letter goes. But did I imagine an intermediate version that made it explicit? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 31 '17 at 0:26
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I'm not really sure how to phrase this, but what I'm trying to say is: take the last two letters of the word that was formed. Get rid of the rest of the word and keep just those two letters. Add 1 more letter to those 2 letters. I've added an edit; could you take a look and see if this clarifies the issue? $\endgroup$ – fi12 Dec 31 '17 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Yup, perfectly clear now. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 31 '17 at 0:52

You might be

the word ”The”

The answer is in the title.

So it is. Twice.

The word chain: (copypaste wont work on my phone)

Gay (happy)
Norgay (climbed Everest with Hillary)
North (direction)
The (you might read ”an article” over coffee) (Thanks, Gareth)

  • $\begingroup$ You got the first three clues right, but your reasoning for the last clue is a bit off, so your answer is very close but incorrect. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Dec 31 '17 at 17:36
  • $\begingroup$ @fi12 do you mean that the answer is another word with those two letters at the beginning, or that you require a better reasoning for the last step? (I have a handful of those, but would rather skip the ”guess which one I’m thinking” game) $\endgroup$ – Bass Dec 31 '17 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ No, "the" is right. But you wouldn't read "the" over coffee, you'd read something else. What is that thing? $\endgroup$ – fi12 Dec 31 '17 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think the word fi12 is looking for is probably article. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 1 '18 at 1:06
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan oo, that’s definite(ly) clever! $\endgroup$ – Bass Jan 1 '18 at 7:05

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