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I'm myself most of the time, but a third I am not
I'll trick you, my boy, like an insect you caught
I start, I end, but I'm not in my middle
I'm here right now, all throughout this riddle

Who am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this not the same riddle as puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/117851/… ? $\endgroup$
    – Astralbee
    Sep 7, 2022 at 13:10
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    $\begingroup$ @Astralbee not at all - different riddle, different answer $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2022 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ That was not my intention, but i was curious if they have the same answer or not. $\endgroup$
    – Helio
    Sep 7, 2022 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ rot13: va sebag bs lbh $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Sep 8, 2022 at 14:26

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You are the word:

CONSONANT!

I'm myself most of the time, but a third I am not

The word CONSONANT has 6 consonants (the majority of the word) and 3 vowels (a third of the word).

I'll trick you, my boy, like an insect you caught

CON + SON + ANT

I start, I end, but I'm not in my middle

The first letter ('start') is a consonant (C), as is the last letter ('end'): T. But the middle letter is 'O', a vowel.

I'm here right now, all throughout this riddle

There's an awful lot of consonants in the text of this riddle!

As for the title:

Not only are there many consonants on the screen in front of you right now, but the 'front of YOU' is a consonant (Y), and in the English alphabet there's a consonant (T) directly in front of 'U'!

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  • $\begingroup$ PS I love how this riddle bears a resemblance to the other posted just a few minutes before, but has absolutely no similarity in its solution - nice creative touch :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 7, 2022 at 13:21
  • $\begingroup$ How did I know that you'd be the one to get this :P Don't forget the title! And yep inspired by that after trying out this answer for that one (lets ignore the fact it's not 8 letters... I can count I swear) $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2022 at 13:24
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Alternate (and perhaps lame) solution:

myself - i.e. “I”, ego, ...

I'm myself most of the time, but a third I am not

I'm myself, I feel, I think, I have qualia etc... But one third of time we sleep.

I'll trick you, my boy, like an insect you caught

That old tricky grammar question, where formally you'd expect “I” as a nominative subject complement in sentences like “It's I”, although the standard English uses the objective case: “It's me” (considered often incorrect from the prescriptivists' point of view).

I start, I end, but I'm not in my middle

The word “I” starts with the letter I, ends with the letter I, but since it is a one letter word, it has no middle.

I'm here right now, all throughout this riddle

Each of the lines in the riddle starts with an “I”

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