# A riddle, short and sweet

Though I can not decide,
My domain is endless and complete.
All around you I hide,
And to a new age I lead.

Enigmatic I might appear,
Superior to my rival.
My inventor was quite queer,
And stopped a war with my arrival.

• Sorry, I'm voting to close this riddle as too broad. Three of the answers given so far have all fit equally well; as I said, you need to edit this riddle to add more lines and narrow down the field of possibilities. If you ping me when you've done so, I'll retract my vote to close :-) Sep 5, 2016 at 14:59

Sounds like a

Turing reference in several spots.

Are you a

Turing machine?

Though I can not decide,

References Decision Problem

My domain is endless and complete.

References Turing Completeness

All around you I hide,
And to a new age I lead.

Computer languages are mostly Turing complete.

Enigmatic I might appear,
Superior to my rival.

References the Enigma and the bombe

My inventor was quite queer,
And stopped a war with my arrival.

Turing was gay and his invention of the bombe stopped the war earlier.

• This is the answer I had in mind. Sep 5, 2016 at 15:59
• @Arthelais, cool! And welcome to puzzling!
– John
Sep 5, 2016 at 16:55

Are you, by any chance?

Donald Trump?

Though I can not decide,

Donald Trump has a history of conflicting and changing his statements,

My domain is endless and complete.

Donald Trump's emporium is quite extensive, especially from his own point of view

All around you I hide,

Wherever I look or whatever site I visit, I see something about him these days.

And to a new age I lead.

Donald Trump has stated before that he'll 'Make America Great Again' which is in line with the 'New Age' he'll 'lead' America into.

Enigmatic I might appear,

Donald is convinced he's an enigmatic personality

Superior to my rival.

I'm not even going to defend this one

My inventor was quite queer,

I'm going with a cryptic version of inventor aka father with the old (original) meaning of queer: unique and special.

And stopped a war with my arrival.

Donald is 'heavily' against the invasions im the middle east and has said that he wishes to pull back the US forces from there.

Also, as a disclaimer:

I do not agree with all of this logic, some of these answers are from Donald Trump's own point of view (since the OP has stated the riddle in first person, I just found them suiting in a certain context to Trump. This does not reflect my personal politic views.

• Donald Trump appears to be the answer to everything :P Sep 5, 2016 at 14:54
• This answer seems to be invalid now, after the latest edit to the riddle (Donald Trump didn't have an inventor). You might want to delete it? Sep 5, 2016 at 15:18
• Not quite yet my friend.. Not quite yet Sep 5, 2016 at 15:29
• Of course this is not the answer, but very creative. Sep 5, 2016 at 15:47
• "Not quite yet my friend.. Not quite yet" -- @Roberrrt, do you mean "you are not there yet?" ;) Sep 6, 2016 at 16:49

It is clearly a

Turing Machine

Though I can not decide,


Turing demonstrated the indecidability of certain problems with the Halting Problem

My domain is endless and complete.


Turing machines use a theoretically infinite instruction tape, and can be used to solve any computable problem.

All around you I hide,


Turing machines are the basis for all modern computing, which is everywhere

And to a new age I lead.


leading straight to the Information Age

Enigmatic I might appear,


The ideas are a little odd, and one of the early uses was in cracking the Enigma

Superior to my rival.


Widely considered superior to a similar theorem by Church involving Lamda Calculus

My inventor was quite queer,


Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality

And stopped a war with my arrival.


The Bombe devices constructed by Turing and others to decrypt Enigma are credited with shortening the WWII by several years.

• You were not the first with the answer, but your solution was spot on for every line. Sep 5, 2016 at 16:01

Space?

Though I can not decide
My domain is endless and complete.

This may refer to something like the multiverse theory

All around you I hide

Space is all around us

And to a new age I lead.

The Space Age!

Enigmatic I might appear,

Space is a mystery

Superior to my rival.

Maybe water? Water could be the rival because it was traveled before space, but you're stuck on the planet if you travel by water. Therefore, you must Trek to the Stars.

My inventor was quite queer,

You could say that, I guess.. o_o (Queer meaning unique. :P)

And stopped a war with my arrival.

It's a trope that when the space age comes, humanity will have made peace with itself.

• Who's the 'inventor' of space? Sep 5, 2016 at 15:17
• @randal'thor This guy. Sep 5, 2016 at 15:24

Is it

Time?

Though I can not decide,

It can't make decisions on its own but we need time to make ours.

My domain is endless and complete.

We all live in time.

All around you I hide,

Yes, it is all around us.

And to a new age I lead.

And time, as it goes by, leads us to the future.

• Not the answer I had in mind, but valid nonetheless! Sep 5, 2016 at 14:41
• @Arthelais If more than one possible answer fits the riddle as written, I recommend you edit it (e.g. by adding more lines) so that there's a unique solution. Otherwise I'm afraid it may get closed as too broad. Sep 5, 2016 at 14:45
• @randal'thor While his answer was technically valid, there is a much more precise and fitting answer. I will add four more lines if no one has figured it out in a few hours. Sep 5, 2016 at 14:51
• This answer seems to be invalid now, after the latest edit to the riddle (time didn't have an inventor). You might want to delete it? Sep 5, 2016 at 15:19
• @randal'thor I guess I can, but then again why should I try to accommodate ill conceived riddles? Sep 5, 2016 at 15:22

Are you

Silicon

Though I can not decide,

We are the brain behind them to decide.

My domain is endless and complete.

All around you I hide,

Silicon all around us PDA

And to a new age I lead.

The Silicon age

It could be

The Internet

Though I can not decide

We're the one surfing on the web

My domain is endless and complete.

We can suppose that it is true

All around you I hide,

And to a new age I lead.

The computer age, yay!