Answer to the Friday Puzzle…..

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On Friday I set this puzzle…

Jenny and her friends have gone away for the weekend to a big country house.  She is having a secret affair with one of her friends and wants to pass a message to her lover.  She sneaks into the kitchen and leaves the following strange list.

sew
val
bead
ice
ben
hop
mat

Her lover adds a letter to each item in the list and instantly heads to part of the house.  Where does he go?

If you haven’t tried to solve it, have a go now.  For everyone else the answer is after the break.

You have to add one letter to each item in order to convert the word into some form of food:

sTew
vEal
bRead
Rice
beAn
Chop
mEat

And so he went to the TERRACE. Did you solve it?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle(UKhere and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

20 comments on “Answer to the Friday Puzzle…..

  1. James Bailey says:

    The problem with the way this was presented is that it doesn’t specify the fact that the letters are randomly distributed regarding their position in the words. There could be many possible solutions given the number of variables available.

    • Alex says:

      What other answers did you come up with?

    • Absolutely. I’d thought that the letters should follow the word and not be jumbled in the midst of all the letters already there. Ah well… I guess this could well serve as a lesson in how these problems are presented.

    • Lazy T says:

      the kitchen reference and the list of ingredients point the way to the terrace

    • mikekoz68 says:

      @James Bailey – I call bullshit, the problem wasn’t that there are many solutions, the problem is that you didn’t solve it and now out come the excuses. I didn’t solve it because it was a hard puzzle.

  2. Thicko says:

    Must be speaking a new language. Awful.

  3. Anne Elk says:

    I got the answer but I can’t help but be intrigued by the references to a sex act that were mentioned on Friday. The Porn-Toe one is fairly clear but I can’t get the other one (unless it was just that one sexy one).

    (Do you reckon I’m getting enough or not?) :-)

  4. Eddie says:

    A good puzzle. Well done to the tester and the testees.

  5. Carl says:

    Needs to be a little more specific, it did not mention that we had to add the letters together to come up with the answer. Just mentioned a room!

  6. Duncan says:

    I don’t understand why people are complaining about this one. There’s no ambiguity at all in the answer.

    • Jethro says:

      Some people just like to complain – if it’s soo easy then it’s not worthy of the good prof, if it’s too hard then he’s worded it badly. There’s a psychology study in it somewhere ;)

  7. vicinca says:

    How were we supposed to know that we had “to convert the word into some form of food”?

    • Eddie says:

      Because the list was in the kitchen. Keep up there.

    • ivan says:

      It’s not really necessary to know. I solved it in a few seconds without ever noticing the food theme. There aren’t many options for a letter to add to sew, val or bead and I had terrace before looking any further or even spotting the food connection. But please, not too many of these basic word puzzles, they raen’t very interesting.

  8. Martha says:

    The secret conspiracy points to Balthus

  9. Anonymous says:

    I could not get that one in 100 years, *dyslexic*

  10. Anonymous says:

    Genius!

  11. Will says:

    I got the words, but thought it meant the kitchen! Didn’t see terrace!

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