# NeedAName? This'll do

A word used in anticipation,

I'm in a simple machine,
in the witty,
and in boisterous celebration.

I'm in things separated,
in the intense,
and in this clue's valuation.

What am I?

As always, the accepted answer will explain how each and every line fits the riddle. Despite brevity and ambiguity, I don't expect too many complaints of this riddle's broadness; it'll probably be solved in under 25 views.

• My, my, how flattering! I feel obligated to solve it; but I haven't a clue yet (more accurately, I have an idea, but can't make it fit all the lines yet) Sep 4, 2015 at 21:29
• Does the word occur as is in each clue, or could the letters be present but rearranged (say, backwards)? Sep 5, 2015 at 15:19
• As you've now found, the word appears all together in order in each clue. Sep 5, 2015 at 15:54

EVE!

Not sure about all of these...

A word used in anticipation,

On Chrismas Eve you anticipate Christmas Day

I'm in a simple machine,

LEVER

in the witty,

CLEVER

and in boisterous celebration.

REVEL (thanks, dennisdeems and NeedAName)

I'm in things separated,

SEVERED

in the intense,

SEVERE

and in this clue's valuation.

It's the SEVENTH clue.

And of course...

EVE is a name!

• Hivemind! I've been trying to make this one fit since yesterday and randomly decided to post what I had Sep 5, 2015 at 15:40
• You're both very close! Try something a little less ambitious. I'll post these comments on both of your posts as quickly as possible. Happy racing! Sep 5, 2015 at 15:43
– Deusovi
Sep 5, 2015 at 15:47
• Stop reading my mind! Sep 5, 2015 at 15:48
• I've got something else in mind for boisterous celebration, but FEVER fits well enough. I'll accept when you get the final clue correct, for which you currently have EVERY. Sep 5, 2015 at 15:51

My new guess (beaten to it by Deusovi) is :

EVE

A word used in anticipation,

EVE relates to the time (typically night) before an event, eg Christmas Eve or the eve of battle

I'm in a simple machine,

LEVER is a simple machine

in the witty,

CLEVER is synonymous with witty

and in boisterous celebration.

REVELRY is defined as a wild celebration

I'm in things separated,

SEVER means to divide or separate e.g. a severed head

in the intense,

Two possible candidates here are SEVERE or FEVERISH though I like the first more for this line

and in this clue's valuation.

As Deusovi noted, this is the SEVENTH line in the poem

NeedAName? This'll do

EVE makes for a fine name, though I don't think I'd wear it well, what with having a Y chromosome and all.

• Heh, we answered at the exact same time.
– Deusovi
Sep 5, 2015 at 15:38
• You're both very close! Try something a little less ambitious. I'll post these comments on both of your posts as quickly as possible. Happy racing! Sep 5, 2015 at 15:43
• All of the clues have not yet been solved. If you fit EVE correctly (and fast!) in each you'll get the check. Sep 5, 2015 at 15:52

Are you

The word/letter I?

A word used in anticipation,

I is a word, i as a letter is present in anticipation

I'm in a simple machine, in the witty, and in boisterous celebration. I'm in things separated, in the intense, and in this clue's valuation.

sImple machIne, wItty, boIsterous celebratIon, things seperated, intense, valuation

And the title: NeedAName? this will do

we can always refer to ourselves as 'I' which is a substitute for our name.

Seems too generic though.

• +1, this works, but my clues aren't just for flavor, and the word in question is more than one letter long. Sep 5, 2015 at 14:37

My first guess is

INTUITION

A word used in anticipation,

hope

I'm in a simple machine,

machINe

in the witty,

wiTty

and in boisterous celebration.

boisteroUs celebratIon

I'm in things separated,

Things

in the intense,

Intense

and in this clue's valuation.

valuatiON

• You missed an 'I' Sep 5, 2015 at 3:52
• @CodeNewbie ty.
– vsrv
Sep 5, 2015 at 11:27
• The answer is a word present in each of the clues. Sep 5, 2015 at 14:35
• @Roland Thank you for the clarification. Too late to sign in. maybe next time.
– vsrv
Sep 5, 2015 at 17:53