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My first is part of your digestive system, but you sometimes use only half of me.
My second is sometimes called what people sometimes call the shark hanging in the Smithsonian.
My third is my mom, once removed from Matilda and re-moved again.
My fourth is a greeting to my friend who is named after the end.
My fifth is a really fast run.
My sixth is in the number three.
My seventh can replace my first and my last.
My eighth is the last 2 of my dad's essay topics.

What is my all?

Note: I edited some of the clues for clarification.

Hint:

The answer is NOT punctuation marks. There is an actual obvious answer once you know the answers.

Hint 2:

In the hint for my third, the re-moved again part has significance.

Hint 3:

At least two of the clues are the same.

Hint 4:

My second is made of parts...
My third is re-moved again.
My sixth is not in #3
My seventh requires the others.

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    $\begingroup$ Hey man, are you still around? I really want to see the answer to this! $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 4 '15 at 4:31
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    $\begingroup$ In the meantime, can you add another clue? $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 10 '15 at 3:10
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    $\begingroup$ Your Hint 1 gives me the impression the final answer is something that we have to arrive at based on the answers to the clues i.e. a two-step solution. So, to what do the clues directly point/lead to (step 1)? 1. A phrase/word consisting of at least two words including/excluding punctuation marks. 2. A string of punctuation marks. 3. A single word, without any punctuation marks. 4. None of the above. $\endgroup$ – Meet K. Sep 10 '15 at 5:20
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    $\begingroup$ A valiant attempt was made, to be sure. Yet still...no one has any idea what we're doing here. :P $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 17 '15 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ I wonder if awesomepi is going to answer @Meet's question above? That might help with the solving. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Sep 17 '15 at 14:36
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Maybe this will help someone get closer...

My first is part of your digestive system, but you sometimes use only half of me.

Colon

My second is sometimes called what people sometimes call the shark hanging in the Smithsonian.

My third is my mom, once removed from Matilda and re-moved again.

My fourth is a greeting to my friend who is named after the end.

Hyphen ("Hi, fin!")

My fifth is a really fast run.

Dash

My sixth is in the number three.

Ellipsis (they come in groups of 3)

My seventh can replace my first and my last.

My eighth is the last 2 of my dad's essay topics.

Parentheses ("parent theses")

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    $\begingroup$ Everything but my sixth is correct $\endgroup$ – awesomepi May 27 '15 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ Is this building up to some kind of emoticon? With the first, fourth, fifth, and eighth, we have : -- ) $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat May 29 '15 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ Hey frodo don't forget about this! :o $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 4 '15 at 4:40
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    $\begingroup$ I think the second one is Curly Brackets - they're sometimes referred to as shark jaws (Jaws could be the nickname?) $\endgroup$ – alexmc Sep 4 '15 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ @frodoskywalker Based on Hint #3, I think the second is the same as the fourth: "high fin" = hyphen. Still no idea what the complete solution is, though. From what I've gathered, it looks like this so far (boxes are unknowns): :-☐-—☐☐() $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Sep 16 '15 at 17:56
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I think it's

punctuation marks

My first is part of your digestive system, but you sometimes use only half of me.

it's the colon, but sometimes we use semi-colon or semicolon

My second is sometimes called what people sometimes call the shark hanging in the Smithsonian.

I have no clues for that one

My third is my mom, once removed from Matilda and re-moved again.

it's a tilde but in Spanish. Because $-(Ma - Matilda) = -(-tilda) = tilda$

My fourth is a greeting to my friend, named after the end.

I have no clues for that one

My fifth is a really fast run.

it's a dash

My sixth is in the number three.

I am not sure about that one, but I guess it's parenthesis because 3 looks a little bit as stacked parenthesis

My seventh can replace my first and last.

it's an exclamation mark or a question mark

My eighth is the last of my dad's essays.

it's a period

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  • $\begingroup$ You need to figure out the others to get it right: only 2 are right $\endgroup$ – awesomepi May 24 '15 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ @awesomepi could you point out which are correct? $\endgroup$ – A.D. May 24 '15 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ My first and my fifth. $\endgroup$ – awesomepi May 25 '15 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ @awesomepi thanks. I need to work again on that :) $\endgroup$ – A.D. May 25 '15 at 0:56
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Some more of the puzzle, based off of frodo's answer. (Lots of guesses here)

My second is sometimes called what people sometimes call the shark hanging in the Smithsonian.

Jaws, so maybe { }?

My sixth is in the number three.

Clue #3 has an extra hyphen.

My seventh can replace my first and my last.

A semicolon can be used to combine two halves of a sentence, similarly to a colon and parentheses.

If these guesses are right, the answer looks like the following (square = unknown).. unfortunately, I still have no idea what it's supposed to be.

:{}☐---;()

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My first was answered by @A.D.

A colon

My second was answered by @GentlePurpleRain in the comments

A hyphen (a high fin)

My third was technically half-answered by @A.D

A tilde then re-moved (or shifted) is a "`"

My fourth was answered by @A.D.

A hyphen

My fifth was also answered by @A.D.

A dash

My sixth was answered by @Leslie P.

A hyphen

My seventh was not answered

It's a hyphen... it can be used like a pair of commas in a phrase within a sentence or in the same sense with parentheses

My eighth was answered by @frodoskywalker

End Parenthesis

My all is:

:-`----)

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    $\begingroup$ ...what am I looking at? $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 19 '15 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ @BaileyM An almost smiley face. $\endgroup$ – awesomepi Sep 19 '15 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ My face after reading the actual answer: >:-`----( $\endgroup$ – Hackiisan Sep 20 '15 at 5:57
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    $\begingroup$ I was hoping the answer would be "Why the long face?" hehe $\endgroup$ – Hackiisan Sep 20 '15 at 5:58
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    $\begingroup$ Now I know why you weren't answering my questions. Greatly disappointed, I must say. I was expecting something more.. intelligent-y. $\endgroup$ – Meet K. Oct 14 '15 at 10:36

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