Left alone, I'm a word with five letters.

I'm honest and fair, I'll admit.

Rearranged, I'm of no use to trains.

Again, and I'm an overt place, warm and well lit.

What am I?


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    $\begingroup$ @Roland son of Steven, last Gunslinger of Gilead!! $\endgroup$ – Adit Kirtani Jul 1 '16 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ Very clever! I really enjoyed the answer to this one $\endgroup$ – Master Yoda Nov 22 '17 at 0:44

I believe the answer is


The riddle was tricky (as indicated by the title) and each of the lines is

a lie.

Left alone, I'm a word with five letters.

The word is actually 4 letters

I'm honest and fair I'll admit

Obviously, a liar is the antithesis of honest and fair.

Rearranged, I'm of no use to trains.

RAIL, an anagram of LIAR, is an incredibly important facet to the function of trains.

Again, and I'm an overt place, warm and well-lit.

LAIR, another anagram of LIAR, is a hidden, dark place, the opposite of the adjectives provided.

I could be way off track but I have a good feeling that this is it.

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    $\begingroup$ This is clever. I would like this to be the answer. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Aug 18 '15 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ I didn't know there was a daily cap for rep gains, but I do now thanks to all the upvotes. Just do me a favor and save the rest for tomorrow will ya? :P $\endgroup$ – NeedAName Aug 18 '15 at 20:01
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    $\begingroup$ "I could be way off track..." - beautiful. Just like the answer. $\endgroup$ – Mave Aug 19 '15 at 7:33
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    $\begingroup$ The four lines as an acrostic also form an anagram of liar. $\endgroup$ – Holloway Aug 19 '15 at 9:35
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    $\begingroup$ Created an account on the website just to upvote this answer... $\endgroup$ – Ivaylo Strandjev Aug 19 '15 at 15:34

I'm honest and fair I'll admit:

Snipe, a bird perhaps capable of deception. We'll have to cover our bases with truths and lies to be sure.

Rearranged, I'm of no use to trains:

Spine (useless to trains)
Pines (a lie! Pine is a type of wood which could be used in railroad ties)

Again, and I'm an overt place, warm and well-lit:

Penis (Warm, though often illegal to be overt and well-lit)
Peins, Netherlands (a lie! With moderate/cool yearly averages and a population of just 270 (in 2006), Peins is likely secluded, cool, and poorly lit.)

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    $\begingroup$ That is LOL :-) $\endgroup$ – kanchirk Aug 20 '15 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ I've been considering flagging this for a while, but I wasn't sure if "It's just stupid" would be a viable complaint. Instead it has been edited to add explanation and make it not entirely incorrect. $\endgroup$ – Roland Sep 15 '15 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ Hahaha xD @Roland :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Aug 19 '16 at 12:34
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    $\begingroup$ Just realized I'm responsible for all of @anonymous 's reputation. :D $\endgroup$ – Roland Aug 19 '16 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Roland It's an Eddie Dean answer to the riddle. $\endgroup$ – jwir3 Jan 26 '17 at 18:31

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