Here's hoping you enjoy today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge from the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Start at the beginning or the end (or the middle, if you like).

The first clue below points to a 1-letter word, the second to a 2-letter word, and so on until the tenth clue and a 10-letter word. Each successive word uses the same letter(s) as the word above it - not necessarily in the same order - with a new letter added each time. Can you solve all 10 words? Good luck:

1. a good grade
2. email indicator
3. to beat
4. without ice
5. chips in
6. backwards
7. more offensive
8. real guts
9. percussion instruments
10. human beings

Here is theĀ SOLUTION.

ANSWERS:

1. A
2. AT
3. TAN
4. NEAT
5. ANTES
6. ASTERN
7. NASTIER
8. ENTRAILS
9. TRIANGLES
10. EARTHLINGS

1. a good grade
2. email indicator
3. to beat
4. without ice
5. chips in
6. backwards
7. more offensive
8. real guts
9. percussion instruments
10. human beings