# 3x3 Wordsquare Riddle

My first is in a gift,
A representation of what you are.

My second not so much a gift,
But a representation of what you were.

Although these hints may not mean much,
I am confident that you can count on me!

Hint 1:

The second one is like a bonus if you know the first.

• +1 for destroying the culture of simple Wordsquare Riddles! Is this really a 2x2? Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 3:21
• i think its a 3x3 Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 3:23
• Thanks! I'll specify the size as a hint once more time has passed, but until then... Keep on guessing~ Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 3:47
• You were right @starkgurl (y) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:56
• @JFox YAYYY hahahh!! Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:02

I don't think this is the answer but I want to give it a try! HAHA.

E A T
A T E
T E N

My first is in a gift,
A representation of what you are.

In a gift or in "a present".
The word EAT is in "a present"
ALSO You are what you eat !! (As mentioned by @JFox :) )

My second not so much a gift,
But a representation of what you were.

ATE is the past tense of eat

Although these hints may not mean much,
I am confident that you can count on me!

The keyword being count- TEN is a number

• WOOOO YOU GOT IT! Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:26
• In case you wanted to know what the first crucial stanza meant. It was to hint "present tense" and the quote "you are what you eat" Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:28
• aw man! makes more sense now!! I'll put it in my answer! Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:29
• OoooH "you are what you eat" is very clever Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:36

The size of this Wordsquare is

..either 2×2 (as explicitly said) , 3×3 (if the last stanza means something) or 4×4 (if the last two lines each are up to something

My first is in a gift, a representation of what you are

This may refer to present, which refer to the gift and the word are.

My second not so much a gift, But a representation of what you were.

Using the same logic, this refers to past

But that is way too long a word for a Wordsquare! Well,

It can be fitted using the Japanese letters, or something like that. I must stop here, since I know nothing about Japanese, and I might be completely off-track.

• You are definitely on track, except for the last one. (Saya juga orang Jakarta :P) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 4:52
• Op just said he was from Jakarta/indonesia so.... better learn that language first haha Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 5:06
• @stackreader As a matter of fact, Indonesian is my mother tongue! But believe me, it won't help. Indonesian is the simplest language I know in the matter of writing and pronunciation, and it uses ABC too. Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 5:10
• @stackreader sono tori Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:52
• oh, ok, well it won't be Japanese either, in which I am fluent. Past is (ka)(ko), present is (gen)(zai) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:58

A M
M E

My thinking:

A gift can be a present, and the present tense "I am" represents what you are. "Me" can refer to who you are or who you were: "I was (me)". Additionally, the last line explicitly states that you can count on me.

Edit: was revealed to be a 3x3 right as I posted this, will have to reconsider

Edit: 3x3 solution

EGO
GOD
ODD

Reasoning this time:

"Ego" is the Latin for "I", as in "I am." In the Bible, God told Moses "I am who I am." Aaaaand you can "count on" odd numbers.

... Okay, it's a bit of a stretch.

Bonus Guardians of the Galaxy 2 spoilers explanation:

"Ego" was the villain in GotG2, and he had godlike powers. He was also a bit odd.

• +1 ! This would be the answer if it was 2x2, but in case you missed it, I updated the title to "3x3 Wordsquare Riddle" Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:02
• Yeah, immediately saw it! Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:03
• @JFox updated my answer!! :) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:24
• Sorry but that's not the answer :( Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:26