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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

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. @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. 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?) 🙂

    1. Are you?, i can’t say but
      mine involved beAn Chop matT
      (baked beans in tomato sauce and lots of them)

  3. 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!

    1. 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 😉

    1. 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.

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