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Here's a quick fun riddle -

It wasn't indeed, but was in dead.
A snake bites at back, takes it to a Chinese County.
Ahead of time, it enhanced into a color.
Back it up, and it became a Legend.
I look after it and it goes on a Voyage.

What was that?

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It wasn't indeed, but was in dead.

The letter "a". Not in DEED but in De'A'd

A snake bites at back, takes it to a Chinese County.

Apparently, there is a Chinese county named AN As for N as Snake, just see this. the Egyptian heiroglyph makes it quite clear.

Ahead of time, it enhanced into a color.

Time=t(As in Physics). TAN is a color.

Back it up, and it became a Legend.

Add TI(Reversed IT) to the front(So that the intial word remains at the back) (Observed by tmpearce) and (As M Oehm says),we get TITAN

I look after it and it goes on a Voyage.

Oehm astutely observes here that I look= I see=IC. Adding that to the end, we get TITANIC which got wrecked on its first voyage.(I suppose, I don't have to provide any links for this? ;) )

Now for the title,

TITANIC is wrecked and is right now, silently in the Ocean.(Salt=Sea-water)

And thus, our hardwork comes to an end with the final answer of:

TITANIC.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice start. :) Now, this is close. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Apr 20 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, @TEch How close? 50%? $\endgroup$ – Sid Apr 20 '17 at 13:13
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    $\begingroup$ I think the legend is a TITAN and IC ("I look/see") after it gives TITANIC, which went on a single voyage. (But doesn't "ahead of time" mean that the T comes after AN?) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Apr 20 '17 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ I think - a head of time means add T to the head (ie front); back it up could mean "it" in reverse ("ti") to the front, giving TITAN; "I see" to the end ->TITANIC $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Apr 20 '17 at 13:41
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    $\begingroup$ Also - TITANIC fits with the title; shipwrecked in the ocean = salt water $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Apr 20 '17 at 13:45
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Here is my totally random guess...

Is it a

Dragon?

It wasn't indeed, but was in dead.

It wasn't living in this world (not indeed) but out of it ("dead" / world of the afterlife)

A snake bites at back, takes it to a Chinese County.

Dragons are huge in Chinese culture. Maybe originating from snakes

Ahead of time, it enhanced into a color.

Not sure. Different color dragons, or the colorful cultures revolving around them

Back it up, and it became a Legend.

Many legends include dragons

I look after it and it goes on a Voyage.

Viking ships were equipped with dragons in the front.

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    $\begingroup$ If there was no wordplay tag, this would have been a good answer. :-) $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Apr 21 '17 at 4:26
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Partial

Is it

The letter d?

It wasn't indeed, but was in dead.

The letter d is in the word dead

A snake bites at back, takes it to a Chinese County.

Not sure

Ahead of time, it enhanced into a color.

Not sure. May have something to do with the color 'red'

Back it up, and it became a Legend.

May refer to the Legend of Wheezin' Ed

I look after it and it goes on a Voyage.

Not sure

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    $\begingroup$ Nope. Nowhere close. Sorry. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Apr 20 '17 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Techidiot If that's no where close I assume the letter 'a' would also be the wrong direction too? (Was thinking no in deed but in dead) $\endgroup$ – n_plum Apr 20 '17 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ @n_palum I said, this answer. Like most of it is either not sure or way too stretched. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Apr 20 '17 at 13:09

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