# Seven, Eight, Nine Redefined - A 'What Am I?' Riddle

Seven follows suit,

Eight go in line,

Combined, 9 leave the queue.

Leaving i e, once removed, rearranged casts light upon the answer.

What am I?

HINT #1:

I am a word.

HINT #2:

Pay attention to punctuation.

HINT #3:

Two of the three numbers in the riddle are not used like the other.

HINT #4:

The sequence of numbers and their progression is NOT a nod towards the answer. For instance they do not reference something which is versioned (think computer software/OS) or of something that is incrementally changed (playing cards). This was intentionally misleading in the riddle to add to its complexity but I am revealing since all answers up to now have read in to it, distracting from the actual method to solve it.

Note: This riddle was previously closed for being "unclear" as to what it was asking. I have added a new tag, "word" (which is a hint in itself that I was trying to avoid originally), clarified the title and added the question "What am I?" at the end of the riddle. If this still is not clear enough please comment and suggest ways in which I can make it clearer. I am being cautious being overly specific as it is a short riddle and saying too much may reveal the answer.

• the tag you might be looking for is "word" rather than "wordplay." Aug 29, 2015 at 1:02
• Ahh, thank you - editing now! I am going to include Hint #2 as well. Aug 29, 2015 at 14:12
• Do you mean i.e. or i e ? Aug 30, 2015 at 12:09
• You are getting somewhere, that is related to hint #2. ;) Aug 31, 2015 at 11:09

I do not believe this is the correct answer, but I believe this is the way to approach this riddle.

Seven follows suit,

suitseven

Eight go in line,

lieightne

Combined, 9 leave the queue.

suitsevenlieightne - first 9 letters in the "queue" = lieightne

Leaving i e, once removed, rearranged casts light upon the answer.

lieightne - ie = lightne --> lighten

What am I?

The word "lighten"

• You are correct! I was thinking "enlight" but "lighten" uses the same letters and is basically a synonym so for that you get the green check! Sep 1, 2015 at 12:05
• What was the point of seven following suit though...? Sep 1, 2015 at 13:35
• @BaileyM That, and the fact that "eight" could go anywhere in "line" (since it would be anagrammed at the end anyway), and that there is no indication which 9 letters were to be removed, is why I didn't think this would be correct. Sep 1, 2015 at 13:37
• I'll chalk up the inelegant nature of the riddle to it being my first :) "Seven follows suit" was included to build the theme of lines/queues/following as well as the pattern of incrementation (7/8/9). These themes were meant to be distractions to add to the complexity mainly with a small intention of making the overall riddle feel more unique. I may have missed the mark it seems though. Sep 1, 2015 at 16:18
• Aw, I had tried this, but I guess I removed the letters wrong. Sep 1, 2015 at 18:37

Perhaps

Windows

Seven follows suit,

Referring to Windows 7 which followed vista

Eight go in line,

Windows 8 came afterwards

Combined, 9 leave the queue.

Windows 10 feels like a mix between 7 and 8, for example, the start menu is a mixture of traditional Windows 7 combined with Windows 8 'tile' feel. However, Windows 9 never came to fruition

Leaving i e, once removed, rearranged casts light upon the answer.

Windows 10 left internet explorer, is is now Edge. I think the 'rearranged casts light upon the answer' bit maybe refers to the UI

• Cool idea - not the answer though - sorry! I will add another hint due to way in which you and @Zach_Gates perceived the riddle. Aug 31, 2015 at 15:26

I think you are:

one of the 6 cards in a game of Patience (Solitaire)

7 follows the number 6 in a column

8 go in line

8 is added to the column after 7

Combined, 9 leave the queue

because 6, 7, and 8 are in the column, 9 can leave the deck (queue) and be added

Leaving i e, once removed, rearranged casts light upon the answer

once you remove the numbers six through nine from the column, and add them to the bank of suits, you can rearrange your columns; making the solution to your game clearer

• No sorry but a cool idea! I am editing and adding a hint now . Aug 28, 2015 at 23:21
• Aw, well it was a bit of a stretch. :P @IfTrue Aug 28, 2015 at 23:22
• @Zach_Gates I added another hint by the way! Aug 29, 2015 at 14:27