What Comes Next?

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. The next word in the sequence is storm.

TOM: Imagine that!

RAY: You'll notice that the word bugles uses the first letter of each of the words. See, B is the first letter of bugles. The first letter of unrest is U. G for grotto. L for letter. E for esteem. But there's a missing letter.

TOM: We need an S.

RAY: So it suggests that the missing word starts with the letter S. Interestingly, the word unrest uses the second letters of all of the words. So U from bugles, N from unrest, R from grotto, E from letter, S from esteem. And T from the missing word.

So, if you continue, my last word is a five-letter word and is formed from the last letters of all the other words. S-T-O-R-M. Now some may argue as Louie did that the answer could be storms, or stormy, and it could be either one but my answer, and I'm sticking with it, is storm. Who's our winner?

TOM: The winner is Steve Weiss from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Steve's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which he can get a Car Talk stainless steel water bottle.

RAY: Congratulations, Steve!

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