# A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned.

i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved.
if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow.
in essenCE: at THE end, in one small day, seCRetly, Our vieW regarding the solution caN be tOld.

are you Festooning the Place with strEamers already

this is a quiRky, Fun, Exciting riddle.
by my CounT, the few gIfted whO caN solve are > tolerable, BUt the texT, inc. punct. marks, is SPLInTered anD somehOW iN reverse.
many may fail, buT tHE one, the disCErniNg will Take his time; will REthINk whaT one Word may or may nOt be rEQuested.

if yoU are able, cALl a friend, loSE the laCk of exciTement, Include the right answer, and find the word that solves the riddle at ONce. yeS ;>

• The solution to this puzzle is a single word.
• An explanation of how you arrived at the solution is required.
• There is more than one part to this puzzle.
• Paying attention to the tags might help (a little).
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• Ooooh interesting cryptic puzzle! (This might be a hint?) Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:28
• So many layers... Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:31
• I really hope you didn't do all that formatting manually. If so, my sympathies. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:50
• @EngineerToast I did. It took... a while. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:50
• @dcfyj Didn't want to make it too easy for you... :P Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:55

The final riddle, found by others is:

My first, on its own, really loves to inquire.
My next, in an auto, will blacken in fire.

MY THIRD'S THE QUINTESSENCE; THE CROWN OF PERFECTION,
BUT SPLIT DOWN THE CENTRE IN TWO EQUAL SECTIONS.
My fourth is the time since the day you were sired.
My fifth marks the time that a rocket is fired.

My last's often down when you start in the middle.
My whole, in reverse, is how you found this riddle.

Which gives

My first, on its own, really loves to inquire. = Y (Its a question, why?)

My next, in an auto, will blacken in fire. = H (H in car makes char)

My third's the quintessence; the crown of perfection,
but split down the centre in two equal sections.

Quintessence (the crown of perfection) = PARAGON
Split into two equal sections = remove central A, leaving two parts = PARGON

My fourth is the time since the day you were sired. = AGE

My fifth marks the time that a rocket is fired. = T (T-minus 10, 9, 8, ...)

My last's often down when you start in the middle. = S (for South, when starting in the middle of a map/compass, down = South)

My whole, in reverse, is how you found this riddle. Reverse YHPARGONAGETS

So the final answer is:

STEGANOGRAPHY

which is indeed how

the riddle was discovered, hiding in the text. Very meta! Well, not Meta meta, but you know what I mean...

• Ah, good point. Gotcha. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:25
• I guess no one noticed that the punctuation was actually coded into the puzzle as well. I took the liberty of adding it to your answer. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:28
• Totally justified liberty, given the amount of effort it probably took to include it in the coding! Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:29
• Well Played. xD I don't think i would have gotten that, I presume the Paragon thing is a reference of some sort? Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:32
• @ObviouslyJake Not really, just kind of the definition of paragon, with some poetic license. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:42

Partial Answer for time saving Sake.

Seeing as the whole actual riddle could be seen as slightly difficult to read with the subscript and misplaced capitals, I have done us the deed of making it nice and fresh.

My friend, your luck has turned.

I've made this riddle and it is the best, and "soon it should be solved. If it is not, then a quiet mind might let seeds be sown, within which ideas can grow. In essence: at the end, in one small day, secretly, our view regarding the solution can be told.

Are you festooning the place with streamers already

this is a quirky, fun, exciting riddle. By my count, the few gifted who can solve are > tolerable, but the text, inc. Punct. Marks, is splintered and somehow in reverse. Many may fail, but the one, the discerning will take his time; will rethink what one word may or may not be requested.

If you are able, call a friend, lose the lack of excitement, include the right answer, and find the word that solves the riddle at once. Yes ;>

My original workings out. (Didn't take much don't give me too much credit)

The Superscript letters spell out:
"My First on its own really loves to inquire. My next in an auto will blacken in fire"

Due to other answers by: (@Sconibulus, @Yandrakus and @dcfyj) I came to gather the 6 so far.

My first on its own really loves to inquire.
My next in an auto will blacken in fire
MY THIRD THE QUINTESSENCE THE CROWN OF PERFECTION BUT SPLIT DOWN THE CENTRE IN TWO EQUAL SECTIONS My fourth is the time since the day you were sired
My fifth marks the time that a rocket is fired
My last's often down when you start in the middle. My whole,in reverse,is how you found this riddle>

Now for my ideas for what they mean so far!

"My first on its own really loves to inquire."
I believe this to be the letter Y, a common abbreviation in text talk and speech sound, of the word 'why' which is to question, to inquire.

For the third point, it mentions a crown, split down the middle.... I believe this has to do with the look of a Capital letter, seeing as it was derived from a sentence created from capitals.

All the current letters that can be cut in half equally when capitalised are as follows, in order:
A H I M O T U V W X Y - as well as the numbers 8 and 0, though i feel we can exclude numbers.

• Fixed it, thanks for the info. I had assumed that was what a markup was, seeing as it is up, above the text. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:34
• You have the last word(s) wrong Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:34
• Ah. Entire should in fact be in tire. Thanks for that. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:35
• it's not a t, it's an f Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:35
• oh god.... my eyes are lacking. Time for a check up soon, I think. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:36

Here are the italics:

My last's often down when you start in the middle. My whole, reversed,is how you found this riddle>

• Actually you spelled it correctly I think xD Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:59
• Look in the middle of the word "splintered". Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:01
• should it in stead be 'my whole in reverse is... etc? Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:09

I found with the capital letters:

MY THIRD THE QUINT ESSENCE THE CROWN OF PERFECTION BUT SPLIT DOWN THE CENTRE IN TWO EQUAL SECTIONS

In italics:

My last's often down when you start in the middle. My whole, reversed,is how you found this riddle> thx to @dcfyj for clarification haha

• I have a feeling you put up the italics while I was working on them haha. oh well. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:56
• Sorry bout that hahaha, really interested in know the word behind all this Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:57

The bolded spell out

My fourth is the time since the day you were sired
My fifth marks the time that a rocket is fired

I believe these are

'a' and 't' respectively, but I'm much less certain about a.

The Capital Letters spell out

My third the quintessence the crown of perfection
but split down the centre in two equal sections

Not sure what this one is yet.