This is probably as good a spot as any to mention one of those really irritating puzzles that keep you up at night trying to think of the answer, because dammit you know the answer, and besides, you're too stubborn to check the back of the book anyway. I hate them. Someone has to node them, though, since this is Everything, and some parts of Everything are really annoying. So this one might as well be written up by me. The W/U was originally going to be entitled something like, 'What is the only english word that...'. That title would have been ridiculously long, and probably would have gotten lost in the nodegel. UFA is short, sweet, to the point, and anyone looking for the answer to this puzzle will find it here (no spoilers below, though. At least not yet.) The puzzle I'm referring to is this:

    What is the only word in the english language which contains the letters 'u','f','a', in that order, immediately adjacent to one another?

Here are the caveats:
  • There are several words, but they all share the same stem
  • This is not a stupid play on words like that damn 'gry' puzzle
  • The letters ('u','f','a') can only be used once each

  • Like I said, they're immediately adjacent, and in that order

  • That spongey thingy you use in the shower is spelled 'Loofah'. Sorry.

  • As of this writing, the solution is not softlinked below. The solution to this puzzle has a node_id whose square is 1161241929.

    Allow me to suggest you go somewhere else before trying to find that node, so as to avoid softlinking it here.

    It would be polite for the others to not be tempted to scan the softlinks. Not that you're all polite folks, but still... Oh, and my apologies in advance for any sleep loss.