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My prefix expresses the profound,

My suffix is found in bread,

My infix is the cosmic sound,

My whole is mourning for the dead.

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    $\begingroup$ In general, it's relatively better if the various "fixes" are actual English words. (If they are, this comment was a grave error, and I apologise.) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 24 '20 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ Since when was that a rule... $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '20 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ No rule, it's just that the wordplays that resort to abbreviations, foreign words and/or single letter clues are, because of that very property, significantly less interesting. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 24 '20 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ Arbitrary? You mean that in your opinion, a word that contains zero other words is exactly as interesting as a word that contains at least three? $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 24 '20 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ Since you seem genuinely surprised, I'll elaborate. (Other voters have their own reasons.) The main problem is you used zero effort to create the wordplay at the heart of the puzzle. It's just some random word. You then forced the cookie cutter format of the Riley riddle on that word, even though it doesn't quite fit. You then used unclear clues to hint the affix "words", so that now there are four answers, among which it would be impossible for an outside observer to pick the intended one. And you literally said "Nope try again" and "Wrong answer sorry" to those answers. That's a big no-no. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 27 '20 at 7:38
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Is it

Somber

My prefix expresses the profound,

SO

My infix is the cosmic sound,

in the Bhagavad Gita om is the sound of God

My suffix is found in bread,

ber are letters in bread

My whole is mourning for the dead.

Somber, meaning grave and gloomy, is an appropriate mood for mourning.

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    $\begingroup$ Flip the 'e' and 'r' round to the UK spelling and I think you've got the intended answer here... Also, your prefix should probably be 'SO...', which you would begin a sentence with in this context. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 26 '20 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Deepthinker101 I can't say for sure, but this might be an unfortunate combination of (i) a recent flood of 'affix-riddles' on the site over the last few months, meaning the genre might be experiencing 'fatigue' (people fed up of this type of riddle), (ii) the sense that an affix-riddle is often thrown together in a couple of minutes with seemingly little effort (which is a key feature of the voting system), and (iii) the remarks by Bass that it can be disappointing to find that an affix-riddle doesn't use real sub-words for its component parts - it's true that the best of the bunch do... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 27 '20 at 11:04
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    $\begingroup$ ...either way @Deepthinker101 I doubt that it is personal! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 27 '20 at 11:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Deepthinker101 I think you need 10k rep to delete a question. My advice would be to forget about it, consider this a learning opportunity and move on :) Keep trying hard to create questions, and do your best to make them interesting (that's really key). It takes effort but it's worth it. There will still be haters - heck, most of my questions end up with at least 1 downvote (often utterly inexplicably to me, as they don't leave reasons why) - but they can be drowned out by those who love the question if you can hit that sweet spot of 'great puzzle' :) Keep trying! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 27 '20 at 11:15
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv It's not about the rep; if the question has an upvoted answer, the poster cannot delete it. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 27 '20 at 21:58
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My slightly romantic answer is

Tomb

The prefix is a bit of stretch:
T – the expression "to a T" means exact.
But OP is a philosphy student and may have reason to think that is profound.

The other parts work better. The infix is
om – the cosmic sound which signifies the essence of the ultimate reality.

The suffix is
b – found in bread, as stated in the question.

Putting them together gives
T–om–b which is a place of mourning.

One famous example is the Taj Mahal built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal.

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  • $\begingroup$ You are actually pretty close one of the clues you have nailed. Another one of them, you have the right idea about how to interpret the clue. $\endgroup$ Oct 25 '20 at 0:09
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Could you be

Tear

My prefix expresses the profound,

Tea - The best kind of gossip, typically shared between friends.

My suffix is found in bread,

Ear - A bread ear is the extra crunchy flap of crust that forms on your bread while baking.

My infix is the cosmic sound,

E - Meaning the charge on an electron. Electromagnet waves can cause cosmic sounds.

My whole is mourning for the dead.

Tear - One might shed tears when mourning.

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I think the answer is

Despair

My prefix expresses the profound,

Desp - An abbreviation for desperate.

My suffix is found in bread,

Air - Bread typically has a lot of air inside.

My infix is the cosmic sound,

Pa - The PA system.

My whole is mourning for the dead.

Despair - When one mourns it means that one is in despair.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wrong answer sorry. $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '20 at 14:32

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