Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle

Vowelburgers™ is proud to announce the first ever Penta-decker Vowelburger™. This means six consonant buns sandwiching five vowel patties as shown:

pentadecker burger

Here is the menu's description of their first burger:

$ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\color{white}{\textbf{Layer}}}\def\NT{\color{white}{\textbf{Vowelburger}^{\;\!™}\ }}\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[#871c41]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2020.01.21-custom}\S{5px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\T&\NT\\\hline % ~\text{1}&\text{passage 8}\\\hline ~\text{2}&\text{poetry 7}\\\hline ~\text{3}&\text{guide 9}\\\hline ~\text{4}&\text{indirect 7}\\\hline ~\text{5}&\text{rural 6}\\\hline \end{array}\end{gather}$

Can you identify what type this burger is from the description on the menu?

Note: The full name of the penta-decker burger contains layers 1-5 from left to right.


Eating the Penta-decker Vowelburger™ is like eating 5 regular* Vowelburgers™ merged with each other; in other words, the top of the first layer is the bottom of the next.

*The word "regular" here means a bottom bun, single patty, and a top bun.

Hint 2:

Each layer comes with lots of add-ons; those add-ons will be discarded, though, since we don't want the burger to get too high. From each layer, we extract only the simple Vowelburger™ from the bottom. (Note: the bottom is the left side of the word.)

  • $\begingroup$ I see lettuce and cheese too! $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 17 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ I had to count the buns! I didn't believe it! $\endgroup$ – MacGyver88 Mar 17 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ I'm probably overthinking: but why is the 5th cheese not aligned with the others? $\endgroup$ – Alto Mar 17 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Alto The cheese and Lettuce are not relevant to the puzzle $\endgroup$ – eyl327 Mar 17 at 18:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Alto I have shifted the cheese around if that makes you feel better :) $\endgroup$ – eyl327 Mar 17 at 21:22

The answer is


passage 8


poetry 7

RONdeau, I suppose.

guide 9


indirect 7


rural 6


Feedback section: the method of solution wasn't very clear until after the hints. At first I'd assumed we'd be looking for three-letter words each time, so I didn't get anywhere solving this. It was clear that part of the puzzle would be to figure out why there's a number together with each clue, but I didn't think we'd need to find a longer word and then cut out just part of it to make the Penta-Decker. My suggestion would be to clue this somehow in the flavour text, so that it doesn't seem so arbitrary. Something like:

Making this new burger requires a lot of ingredients, each of which should be cleaned and processed before adding it to the burger.

Bonus: talking about "cleaning" the ingredients relates indirectly to the solution as well as referring to cleaning off the excess letters!

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    $\begingroup$ With a name like this, I don't anticipate many people will want to get it... Saying that, people are impressionable - as soon as one person gets it, I'm sure everybody else will too! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Mar 18 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ cleaning also reminds us to clean our hands regularly ;) $\endgroup$ – Shivansh Sharma Mar 18 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ PS Agree with your puzzle feedback - I don't see how anybody could have worked this out without the hints, without getting a lucky break... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Mar 18 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Especially since the "poetry" and "indirect" clues are, let's say not the most obvious words with those meanings. Once you see the pattern you can fit it together and figure it out, but it would be a very lucky break to figure out that this fits without already having a strong hunch about the solving method. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 18 at 11:04
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    $\begingroup$ @eyl327 Yeah, understood. That's why I often try to provide feedback as a solver :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 18 at 11:17

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