Dick may have been clear in what he said but he didn't exactly clarify for Archie that his posting wasn't as helfpul as it could have been. Further comments from the illustrious and only seldom seen Diok probably wouldn't help much either!
Your posting didn't exactly spell it out to Archie either. If Archie had answered you, we would now know how many letters but be none the wiser about the clue. Not really much of an improvement.