Night-time Conundrum

I don’t sleep well.

There are regularly nights when I get up and read for an hour because I have been unable to fall sleep, or to stay asleep.

Last night I did sleep, but when I woke, a dream still lingered in my brain.

For whatever reason, I had been set a challenge to complete a word with the following gaps:

E_E_ _

In my mind I it was imperative for me to solve the riddle, and perhaps in my dream I had the chance to save the world from some impending disaster.

Well, now I was awake, and although no longer playing the role of a superhero, the conundrum continued to bug me. Perhaps there was no such word, or maybe there was just one word that would have been the key to saving the world.

It was in the middle of the night, and I was not 100% awake as I ran through my limited vocabulary, but suddenly a solution crept out from a stone at the far corners of my memory banks.

EXERT

As a few more minutes of seeking other solutions, my half way house dream mode decided I must have discovered the only solution, and the world was safe again.

I rewarded myself with a trip to the toilet – yes I am of that age – and when I returned to my bed I settled and began to doze off again.

Sadly, the puzzle was still churning around in my head, and suddenly words came flooding through:

ERECT – EVENT – EVENS …….

I was wide awake again.

Fortunately I did manage to get back to sleep, but when I woke properly at 7:15, and it was time to go and make some tea, I was still trying to solve my slumber challenge.

Why me?

I am one of the worst people to be saddled with such a challenge. Why not offer it to Deb, who has far more words in her memory than me?

Oh, and by the way, I am positive there are numerous other solutions to the puzzle, so if you are reading this just before going to sleep, I apologise if it leaves you with temporary insomnia.