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My first's an incredible youngster.
My second takes time to complete.
My third's an acrobatic contraption.
My fourth can be used to compete.

My fifth can mean one plus one half.
My sixth is a final two tether.

My seventh will make all the difference.

What am I when my parts come together?


Hint #1:

Each line references a single word, with each word being pretty much unrelated to the desired animal. Once the words are interpreted correctly, you'll find the name of the dissected animal I seek. Keep in mind that the spacing is intentional.

Hint #2/Clarification:

Clarification first: I accidentally lied. One of the answers is actually two words. A few of the words are similar/synonymous, so finding one will help you find the rest. For the first line, one of the words would be more correct as a proper noun.

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  • $\begingroup$ is each part a Word or a single english letter? $\endgroup$ – kanchirk Sep 4 '15 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ @kanchirk I can't really answer that without giving away part of the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 4 '15 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ @IfTrue there are no mistakes in the formatting for this puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 4 '15 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ @moonbutt74 I do literally mean animal. $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 8 '15 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ Inspired by this I assume. :) I had a bunch of notes for this exact idea myself too. Great minds I guess. :D $\endgroup$ – Alconja Sep 17 '15 at 1:06
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Second Attempt

My first's an incredible youngster.

Dash -

My second takes time to complete.

a period is a length or portion of time or "."

My third's an acrobatic contraption.

a trapeze which has a horizontal bar -

My fourth can be used to compete.

Points! .

My fifth can mean one plus one half.

. 1.5 take the dot out of it

My sixth is a final two tether.

- in a tournament bracket the final two teams are represented with a - between them

My seventh will make all the difference.

- you can find the difference of two numbers by subtracting them -

I believe it's,

-.-.  .-  - = Cat


First Wrong Attempt

My first's an incredible youngster.

Thomas Young, I'm basing the rest of my answers off this

My second takes time to complete.

Everything, he was said to be the last man to know everything

My third's an acrobatic contraption.

Springboard, Young's modulus is used to determine stress on the body and prior to that Hooke's law was used to determine deformation

My fourth can be used to compete.

Time, he was part of a commission

My fifth can mean one plus one half.

Interference, when two waves are out of phase the cause interference demonstrated by the Double-slit experiment

My sixth is a final two tether.

Natural Fast arm-swing tether

My seventh will make all the difference.

Genius, Thomas Young was a genius

I believe it's,

Test in g. Animal testing dissected

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  • $\begingroup$ Maybe fraction? 1 1/2 , maybe irrational ? -ly $\endgroup$ – moonbutt74 Sep 4 '15 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ @moonbutt74 Fractions aren't irrational, by definition. $\endgroup$ – Zandar Sep 8 '15 at 16:34
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    $\begingroup$ @moonbutt74 An irrational number is one which can't be expressed as a ratio of two integers, ie as a fraction. Regardless of how you write a fraction, it's still able to be expressed as one, so it's rational. The usual examples of irrational numbers are square roots of non-square numbers, pi and e. I suppose 3/2 would be irreducible, in that it's using the smallest numbers possible, but the riddle just says "one plus one half" which doesn't actually specify any way of writing it. $\endgroup$ – Zandar Sep 8 '15 at 16:52
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    $\begingroup$ The prefix for "one and a half" is sesqui, as in sesquiannual tag cleanup. $\endgroup$ – McMagister Sep 11 '15 at 2:01
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    $\begingroup$ D'oh, it's Incredible. One of the kids from The Incredibles. $\endgroup$ – dpwilson Sep 11 '15 at 16:54
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Partial solution; hopefully someone can help me fill in the rest.

Is it...

A cat?

My first's an incredible youngster.

Dash from The Incredibles --> Dash

My second takes time to complete.

My third's an acrobatic contraption.

A trapeze, which contains a horizontal bar --> Dash

My fourth can be used to compete.

My fifth can mean one plus one half.

A period, as in the decimal 1.5 --> Dot

My sixth is a final two tether.

A line connecting the final two members of a bracket --> Dash

My seventh will make all the difference.

What am I when my parts come together?

A cat. In Morse code, C = – • – •, A = • –, and T = –. Using the spacing, this corresponds to the answers to the given clues.

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  • $\begingroup$ My second takes time to complete. A period. My fourth can be used to compete. A point. My seventh will make all the difference. Subtraction. $\endgroup$ – Rj Geraci Sep 15 '15 at 18:47
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My first's an incredible youngster.

B as in Spelling Bee

My second takes time to complete.

A as in Answer of Q & A

My third's an acrobatic contraption.

C as in Circus tent

My fourth can be used to compete.

T -> Target

My fifth can mean one plus one half.

E -> onE + on -> E ? (I doubt this)

My sixth is a final two tether.

RI -> Infra Red -> or Rigorous Imprisonment

My seventh will make all the difference.

A as in Attitude

What am I when my parts come together?

BACTERIA

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    $\begingroup$ These all seem very tenuous. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 4 '15 at 15:53

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