# A Protein-Based Riddle In Multiple Parts

Given that x is:

1. Associated with a baroque painter and an ungulate
2. A possibility to be faced by half of us
3. Similar in sound to having been served a beverage

And the following equation holds true:

(x - DROPLET) + (x - MINSTREL) + (x - CANIFORM_CREATURE) = RAINBOW_EDGE

Solve for x and explain the clues.

• rainbow edge could be red or violet? Apr 10 '16 at 17:39
• A possibility facing half of us could be something that only men or only women experience. Could it be childbirth? Or period? Apr 10 '16 at 17:54
• @Richard Roe: Or color blindness. Or endometrial cancer. Or menopause. Apr 10 '16 at 17:58
• @Gamow On the other hand, this could be a cryptic crossword style clue, meaning half of the word "us" that is, "u" or "s". I don't see how this would work, though. Apr 10 '16 at 18:00

x is:

BEARD

1. Associated with a baroque painter and an ungulate

A Van Dyke and a goatee
(thanks to Wikipedia for the first one)

2. A possibility to be faced by half of us

Only men can possibly have one

3. Similar in sound to having been served a beverage

"BEER-ED" (is there really such a word?)

Equation:

(BEARD - BEAD) + (BEARD - BARD) + (BEARD - BEAR) = R + E + D = RED

Title:

Beard is made of hair which is a protein filament
(thanks to @Hugh for the link)

Credit to @manshu for steering me towards anagrams.

• For the first half of clue 1, I would guess: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dyke_beard Apr 10 '16 at 19:24
• You want the bearded pig (sus babyrus) for clue 1 Apr 10 '16 at 19:25
• @Gamow: Just found that on Wikipedia a few minutes ago. ;) Apr 10 '16 at 19:26
• Guess what it's made of? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair Apr 10 '16 at 19:32
• @Knight0fDragon: But I know the 3rd man. :) Don't worry, I'm not arguing either, just kidding around... Apr 10 '16 at 20:05