# Riddle - First and foremost

First and foremost,
but ultimately nothing.
Assistance inverted
is a thing of beauty.

Who am I?

Hint:

Assistance (as referenced in this puzzle) would fit the bill, inverted or not.

Hint 2:

A couple of you are dancing around the first two lines. For the second two lines, think Bo Derek playing basketball.

I now think you are:

Ten

First and foremost

number 1

but ultimately nothing

number 0

make

10

Assistance inverted

Invert 10 giving a tenth and this gives dime from:
Etymology: French dîme, from Latin decimus ‎(“tenth”)
A dime is a slang term for an assist (basketball)

is a thing of beauty

In gymnastics a score of 10 has been called perfect

Hint 1: Assistance (as referenced in this puzzle) would fit the bill, inverted or not.

A dime is slang for a very attractive person

Hint 2: For the second two lines, think Bo Derek playing basketball.

10 -- the unforgettable film starring Bo D and Dudley

• You are so close that I'm tempted to mark yours as correct. Apr 19, 2016 at 12:30
• I tried this answer again :)
– Tom
Apr 19, 2016 at 13:02
• Close enough. The answer I originally had in mine was what you have minus the adjective. Your reasoning is only missing the "inverted" part. Think fractions. Apr 19, 2016 at 13:18
• Thanks for all the help. I think I have the answer now.
– Tom
Apr 19, 2016 at 13:30

Can it be

Zero

First and foremost

Zero is the first number

But ultimately nothing

Zero does not have any value

Assistance inverted thing of Beauty

As per the hint if the bill comes 0 it is kind of assistance as we don't need to pay it

• You're on the right track Apr 14, 2016 at 2:19
• M@Kevin about the explanation or answer? Apr 14, 2016 at 2:21
• the second part of your explanation is correct. Apr 14, 2016 at 17:31
• Check the clues I added Apr 18, 2016 at 0:59

Referring to @Kevin comment about @LearningPhase getting on the right track, my answer could be:

Explanation:

It is nothing. In set theory it stands for {} or "empty set" what is (generally speaking) nothing.

"First and foremost" - before something (or everything) there is nothing.
"but ultimately nothing." - that is what is it.
"Assistance inverted is a thing of beauty" - it you insert something into nothing is not anymore nothing and can become anything.

It is a long shot but ...

I think you are "zerodiva"

Reasoning:

First and foremost, but ultimately nothing.

This is number zero it is first but it is nothing

Assistance inverted is a thing of beauty.

Assistance = AID and if you invert it div and a thing of beauty diva

• Where did you get the V from? Apr 14, 2016 at 16:25

Referring to @Kevin's comment about @LearningPhase being on the right track, my answer could be:

Could it be:

everything

First and foremost

Everyone wants it

but ultimately nothing.

But then having everything ends up being boring.

Assistance inverted

Giving people aid since you have everything

is a thing of beauty.

Assistance is often respected.