It’s Follow-Up Friday: Single Letter Answers edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’ll be posting the answers to the single letter puzzles from Tuesday’s blog post all about the power of single letters in puzzles!

The first puzzle was a brain teaser.

There’s a word in the English language in which the first 2 letters signify a male, the first 3 signify a female, the first 4 signify a great man, and the whole word signifies a great woman. What is that word?

The word is HEROINE. The first two letters are HE, the first three are HER, and the first four are HERO.


The second puzzle involved the first letters of words forming a pattern, and I asked you to both deduce the pattern and provide the next entry in the series.

O, T, T, F, F, S, S, E, ?

The next entry in the series is N, for Nine. These are the first letters of numbers — One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight.

J, F, M, A, M, J, J, A, S, O, N, ?

The next entry in the series is D, for December. These are the first letters of the months of the year.

S, M, H, D, W, M, ?

The next entry in the series is Y, for Year. These are the first letters for increasing lengths of time — Second, Minute, Hour, Day, Week, Month.

M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ?

The next entry in the series is N, for Neptune. These are the first letters of the planets in the solar system, from closest to the sun to furthest from it.

D, K, P, C, O, F, G, ?

The next entry in the series is S, for Species. These are the first letters of the classification system for all life on Earth — Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus.


The third and final puzzle involved the first letters of words, but with numbers added, and I asked you to deduce what the letters represent.

3 F in a Y: 3 feet in a yard

366 D in a LY: 366 days in a leap year

12 S in the Z: 12 signs in the Zodiac

4 Q in a D: 4 quarters in a dollar

13 C in a S: 13 cards in a suit


How did you do? Did you solve them all, or did these crafty single letter puzzles stump you?

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