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What is the one-word solution to the following riddle?

Backward in your leg, forward in red ink.
Stung, piece and digit. What is the link?

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The answer is


Backward in your leg

The word appears in reverse in TIBIA, which is a bone in your leg.

Forward in red ink

In accounting, red ink indicates a DEBIT.


If you are stung by an insect, you might also say you are BITTEN.


A small piece of something is a BIT.


In binary, a digit (1 or 0) is called a BIT.

TITLE: A Boring Riddle

For boring, or drilling, you use a BIT on the end of the drill.

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So quickly solved! I'll try not to be bitter. – Hugh Meyers Feb 22 at 20:22
I think you mean BITter... ;) – GentlePurpleRain Feb 22 at 20:24
@HughMeyers I liked the riddle. It's a good example of a riddle that is not "too broad." Once I had the correct answer, there was no doubt that's what it was. – GentlePurpleRain Feb 22 at 20:26
@GentlePurpleRain You went through the effort of concealing spoilers in your answer only to have a major spoiler in your comment above ;) – Amru E. Feb 22 at 22:37
@AmruE. I put spoilers in the answer in case someone happens upon the answer before they've had a chance to try to solve the riddle themselves. I don't assume that someone who doesn't want to know the answer is going to be perusing the comments on a spoilered answer. – GentlePurpleRain Feb 22 at 22:41

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