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My prefix is a veggie,

My infix is... though, it's on the interblags [citation: xkcd]

My suffix is to eat, in Spanish, in English, in Spanish,

And altogether I am not GERMANE, but am GERMAN.

My prefix is two,

My infix, is, misspelled.

My suffix is my country's, and?

My whole speaks of spicy peppers and bullfighters.

My prefix is another, but B->R,

My infix is what I am, basically,

My suffix is in off.

Altogether, I am from... what was it... "Stars of Russkie"?

What are we, in common?

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Each of these riddles clues:

the name of a famous deceased composer - specifically, BEETHOVEN, BIZET and RACHMANINOFF.

My prefix is a veggie,
My infix is... though, it's on the interblags [citation: xkcd]
My suffix is to eat, in Spanish, in English, in Spanish,
And altogether I am not GERMANE, but am GERMAN.

Prefix: A BEET is a vegetable;
Infix: THO is Internet-slang for 'though';
Suffix: This line requires some back-and-forth between Spanish and English: EAT (English) is COME in Spanish, then COME in English is VEN in Spanish. (Thanks @xyldke in comments.)

Together (with overlap), BEET + THO + VEN = Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827), a German composer.

My prefix is two,
My infix, is, misspelled.
My suffix is my country's, and?
My whole speaks of spicy peppers and bullfighters.

Prefix: BI means 'two';
Infix: IZ is 'IS' misspelled;
Suffix: ET is 'and' in French.

Together (with overlap), BI + IZ + ET = Georges BIZET (1838-1875), the French composer of the opera Carmen which is set in Spain, with its connotations of spicy peppers and bullfighting.

My prefix is another, but B->R,
My infix is what I am, basically,
My suffix is in off.
Altogether, I am from... what was it... "Stars of Russkie"?

Prefix: RACH is BACH (the name of yet another composer) with the 'B' becoming an 'R';
Infix: This composer was a MAN;
Suffix: Quite literally, INOFF.

Together, RACH + MAN + INOFF = Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943), a Russian composer born (according to some sources) in Starorussky Uyezd.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think the prefix is just rot13(ira, orpnhfr (ra)rng -> (rf)pbzre -> (ra)pbzr -> (rf)ira. Gur tenzzne znxrf irel yvggyr frafr, fb V'z cebonoyl zvffvat fbzrguvat, ohg gur fgrzf znxr frafr naq gur jubyr va fcnavfu, va ratyvfu, va fcnavfu guvat fpernzf zhygvcyr genafyngvbaf gb zr) $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    May 17 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ @xyldke I did wonder something back-and-forth-translational like that, but it's the step where 'comer' in Spanish becomes 'come' in English that makes little sense to me. I agree that the first and last make a lot of sense though - just this problematic middle! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 17 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ I got it now: All words should be in the imperative. Thus eat! -> ¡come! -> come! -> ¡ven! $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    May 17 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @xyldke - makes sense :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 17 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ I'm actually stunned by your puzzle solving skills Stiv! How are you this fast and good??? $\endgroup$
    – DialFrost
    May 18 at 1:56

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