My prefix will make you afraid
My infix will make it cliched
My suffix is the end of a chime
My whole is ahead of its time


The title is part of the puzzle

  • $\begingroup$ Uh, futuristic? I don't know how you do the first one though $\endgroup$ – new QOpenGLWidget Dec 17 '20 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ Postmodern. making it from the last clue $\endgroup$ – new QOpenGLWidget Dec 17 '20 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ confident! is that it? $\endgroup$ – new QOpenGLWidget Dec 17 '20 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ @zixuan Please look up previous affix riddles to get an idea of how they work. You not only need the word itself but to figure out how the prefix, infix and suffix also fit your word. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Dec 17 '20 at 16:23

Credit to @Smartest1here for re-interpreting my original answer into something that fit a little better!

Are you


My prefix will make you afraid

FORE! shouts someone at a golf course. Look out!

My infix will make it cliched

RETELL I'm real tired of seeing the same stories being retold over and over again.

My postfix is the end of a chime

LING can be found at the end of a DING-A-LING

My whole is ahead of its time

To foretell something is to guess that it will occur before it does.

According to the hint...

You have foretold in the title that an answer would be found!

  • $\begingroup$ Damn I did not know fore was a warning. $\endgroup$ – Smartest1here Dec 18 '20 at 0:09
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    $\begingroup$ It could also be foretelling $\endgroup$ – Smartest1here Dec 18 '20 at 0:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Smartest1here You are probably correct. Would you like to make your own post, or allow me to post the in-betweens with credit to you for the final? $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Dec 18 '20 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Smartest1here I could also do a community wiki answer if you'd prefer? $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Dec 18 '20 at 0:17
  • $\begingroup$ No need you worked out the most of this riddle. You deserve the credit 🙂 $\endgroup$ – Smartest1here Dec 18 '20 at 1:43

I think the answer might be


My prefix will make you afraid

Antic has a definition "grotesque or bizarre" which could certainly imply fear-inducing.

My infix will make it cliched

Pat is an adjective which can mean "learned, mastered, or memorized exactly" which would certainly make anything cliche.

My postfix is the end of a chime

Ting is a sharp, clear ringing sound, such as that made when a glass is struck by a metal object which, I would say characterises the tail end of a chime also.

My whole is ahead of its time

Anticipating means giving advance thought, discussion, or treatment to.


The OP is "anticipating" that we will solve this riddle.

  • $\begingroup$ This is a great answer, but not the intended one. The intended word has no resemblance to this one, but their meanings are definitely related. $\endgroup$ – CG. Dec 17 '20 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ @CG. Okay, no problem, just to clarify, are all my affixes wrong? $\endgroup$ – hexomino Dec 17 '20 at 17:48
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, every affix is wrong. $\endgroup$ – CG. Dec 17 '20 at 17:59

I think the word is:


My prefix will make you afraid:

When playing a game with a time limit, you can get scared/nervous

My infix will make it cliched:

When referring to someone, often people use "man", even though that person might be a woman. "hey man!" is a cliche greeting.

My postfix is the end of a chime:

Chimes can end with "Ding!"

My whole is ahead of it's time:

Often someone's boss can counterdemand some things ahead of time. For instance, "In two days the client will send a report, please finish it".

The hint in the question:

You were counterdemanding an answer!


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