# 5 seemingly unrelated words, the answer is in the form of a single letter

Here's a real stumper:

There are 5 words:

QUOTE

TRUE

NURSE

SPUR

SLIM

From these 5 words, there is a connection that will reveal a single letter, what is it?

• We may need a hint. – The Spartan Jan 11 '18 at 19:27

I have this bizarre theory that it might be the letter

M

The words are related through

”Brain Damage” by Eminem.

Here’s how:

The first verse features a discussion between Mathers and the school NURSE.

The second verse QUOTEs a school bullying incident that apparently gave Mathers brain damage. It appears that at least the part of there being a bully named D’Angelo Bailey is TRUE: the song SPURred a lawsuit by that very same bully. The case received some attention, since the judge dropped the lawsuit, and even a couple of rhymes.

This all brings us back to the single letter by the following path:

Mathers -> SLIM Shady -> Eminem -> M&M -> M

..Yeah, I’m probably overthinking this by at least a factor of ten.

• +1. Just because I read EMINEM in there and I am a fanboy :) – prog_SAHIL Jan 5 '18 at 16:38

My letter is:

$\pi$

Because:

The letters used are E, I, and 10 consecutive letters from L-U. Using $e$, $i$, and the digits 1 and 0, you can add $\pi$ to form $e^{i\pi} + 1 = 0$.

• But Pi isn't a letter in the standard alphabet, sadly. – user43851 Jan 8 '18 at 18:43

This puzzle's been bugging me for a while, so I thought I'd take a crack at it.

I think the letter is

l

Which is a

lower-case "L"

Going word by word, you can construct a simple representation of each of them using it.

QUOTE

Quotation mark(s) " look like two tiny "l"s.

TRUE

The equals symbol = looks like two "l"s on top of each other.

NURSE

The symbol for a Hospital + looks like two "l"s, crossed.

SPUR

A simple spur x looks like two "l"s, crossed.

SLIM

A single "l" is pretty slim--as slim as letters go!

An argument could be made for the answer being

upper-case "I"

but that is a letter that appears in a clue word, while

lower-case "L"

does not.

I think it is

A

Because

'A', although being a fairly common letter does not occur in any of these of this words. Also 'A' is the only vowel not present in these words.

I'm not sure... The answer could be

U

Because

1. The letter "u" appears 4 times, which is uncommon in English.
2. The letter counts produce two individual "dots" and one "line", which is morse code for "u":
a
b
c
d
e ...
f
g
h
i .
j
k
l .
m .
n .
o .
p .
q .
r ...
s ...
t ..
u ....
v
w
x
y
z

• I really like this line of thought, the letter frequency is something I hadn't noticed. – user43851 Jan 8 '18 at 18:42

I think it might be..

Y.

QUOTE

Got nothing yet.


TRUE

True/false can also be displayed as Y/N.

NURSE

Got nothing yet.


SPUR

If you look at a spur off of a boot from the top, it closely resembles the letter Y.

SLIM

The letter Y starts out wide and gets slimmer the further you go down.