# My first is in dare but never in fear / My second's in dark and also in clear

This is another riddle, I thought it might be fire, but some things don't fit.

My first is in dare but never in fear,
My second's in dark and also in clear,
My third a shadow as well as in cave,
My fourth is in gold and also in grave,
My fifth is in cold as well as in hot,
My sixth is in sun but not in spot,
My whole enjoys a fiery feast,
Look and discover a mythical beast.

EDIT:

And I have been asked other riddles with the same structure... What does the "my first", "my second", "my third"... refer to? Does it mean something like "my first clue"?

• This is a common type of riddle you will probably come upon time after time. As fljx shows in their answer, in each case the ordinal ('my first/second/third...') refers to an individual letter. Each line gives you a way to find a single letter for spelling out the solution word, by saying one of (i) the letter appears in both of two particular words, (ii) the letter appears in neither of two particular words, or (iii) the letter appears in one particular word but not the other, where in each case the 'particular words' are specified in the line (like 'dare' and 'fear' above).
– Stiv
Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 10:55
• Thank you! Why don't you make it an answer? Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 11:14
• No worries, happy to help. Really it's just a clarification on the extra question in your edit - the riddle here appears to be the main 'meat' here. And I think fljx has already demonstrated this in action in their answer, even if not spelled out exactly like my comment above. Have a good day :)
– Stiv
Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 11:19
• I've added the extra detail to my answer. Hopefully it makes things clearer.
– fljx
Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 11:27

Dragon

Because:

This is a simple acrostic, where most of the lines are of the form:
"My {nth letter} is in one/both/neither of two words"

In this case there are only one or two possibilities for each line:

My first is in dare but never in fear,
My second's in dark and also in clear,
My third a shadow as well as in cave,
My fourth is in gold and also in grave,
My fifth is in cold as well as in hot,
My sixth is in sun but not in spot,

And if we put those letters in order, we get "dragon", which is defined by the final two lines:

My whole enjoys a fiery feast,
Look and discover a mythical beast.