# What you shouldn't do when solving a puzzle

You can't see
Literally
But if you watch me
You might cry like a baby
and be motivated to play rugby

I'm a necessary distraction
sometimes a big explosion
If I ever got one over my ex
You'll know who I am

I'm always consistent
Even if you change my content
Order me around, I promise I won't byte
Now add 3 to make me a gerund
Then add 1 to make me more

Now you have three, onto the final spree
Get the next trio of three
what's 0 multiplied by 83
?

Hint for third stanza:

You can find me in most books
but not in some dictionaries
Now add 3 to the end make me a noun
Then add 1 to the end make me more i.e. bomb $\rightarrow$ bombing $\rightarrow$ bombings

Hint for second stanza:

Think math for 3rd line
This doesn't lead to the word immediately, use 1st and 2nd lines to figure out the intended word

correction added, I meant noun not verb.
clarified further, I meant gerund
added extra lines for hints of 1st and 3rd stanzas

After many hints and answers I decided to make an account since I feel like I can get some of the answers.

You can't see
Literally

Blind

But if you watch me
You might cry like a baby
and be motivated to play rugby

After googling "blind rugby" I couldn't find anything, but based on @Karun Kamal's answer, changing it to "blind rugby movie" lead to the movie Blindside.

OP added necessary to distraction, and a big explosion

I would say diversion

If I got one over my ex

Thinking along the lines of math all I have is 1/x which is indeed divergent (harmonic series) Confirming my first guess diversion

I'm always consistent
Even if you change my content
Order me around, I promise I won't byte

If the "byte" is intentional, then this must be referring to some sort of programming language? or CS in general.
This is probably hinting at a list index, if you change the contents of a list, the first element will always have 0th index... etc.

You can find me in most books
but not in some dictionaries

From that I can conclude that this is most likely index because most books have indexes but dictionaries (e.g. in python) don't have indexes, they have keys.

Add 3 to make me a gerund and add 1 to make me more

Simple and straightforward, Index $\rightarrow$ Indexing $\rightarrow$ Indexings

UPDATE

Ok I think I got it.

Now you have three, onto the final spree

Most probably referring to these:
Blindside, Diversion and Indexings

Get the next thrio of three

With a bit of analyzing, I noticed those 3 words above are semi-anagrams of the word inside, with an extra 3 letters.
That is blinside, diversion and indexings . Which gave me bld, vro and xng.

What's 0 multiplied by 83?

Solved by @Mea Culpa Nay 0x83 $\rightarrow$ hex for 131
Which gives bld vro xng $\rightarrow$ box

Since "box" was found in "inside", this lead me to the famous anti-phrase.
Think inside the box.
Which is definitely not what you want to do when solving the puzzle.

• Closest one so far! Good work!, Now use the last stanza to its fullest and get the answer~ – bolt997 Aug 1 '17 at 2:54
• You got it! You don't mind if I edit this to keep the format consistent do you? – bolt997 Aug 3 '17 at 8:18
• Not at all @JFox – Poke97 Aug 3 '17 at 8:38

You can't see Literally But if you watch me You might cry like a baby

nightmare

I'm a distraction sometimes a big explosion If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

noise (bomb explosion, commotion is synonym for noise)

I'm always consistent Even if you change my content Now add 3 to make me a verb Then add 1 more to make me a noun

drink, drinking, grandkids

Now you have three, onto the final spree Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free what's 0 multiplied by 83?

$0 \times 83 =0,$ take "er" from "zero"

DINNER, you should not make or have dinner while solving a puzzle

Now give me my free

DINNER

EDIT: backtracking, starting with Hints

Since Hints are none and "sister" is synonym for "nun", trying to fit "sister"

You can't see Literally But if you watch me You might cry like a baby

Sin

I'm a distraction sometimes a big explosion If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

Insult

I'm always consistent Even if you change my content Now add 3 to make me a verb Then add 1 more to make me a noun

Sea, sneak, snakes

Now you have three, onto the final spree Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free what's 0 multiplied by 83?

Nothing is free, zero is nothing, taker "er" from "zero"

Finally,

Adding "t" we get "SISTER", anagram is RESITS, very near to this word is "RECITE", which means you shouldn't speak aloud your thought process while solving a puzzle

• Well, @Vikram, how a nightmare is linked with dinner...wondering...if the stuff in the dinner can cause nightmare...:-) – Mea Culpa Nay Jul 27 '17 at 14:09
• @MeaCulpaNay, take first letter of nightmare, noise, drink, add "er" to it – user9174 Jul 27 '17 at 14:42
• The way you're solving the puzzle is correct, each stanza yields one word. Except for the last stanza, it's just clues on the approach to solve the puzzle. – bolt997 Jul 28 '17 at 0:54

You are

A BLANK

You can't see Literally

You cannot see a blank space

But if you watch me You might cry like a baby

I think the first half of each stanza refers to the answer and the second half is clues to each letter in the answer. Somehow this is a clue that the first letter is A

I'm a distraction sometimes a big explosion

A blank fired in a gun makes an explosion

If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

One letter past A (the previous letter in answer) is B

I'm always consistent Even if you change my content

If you fill in a blank ______ in a sentence then the sentence still makes sense.

Now add 3 to make me a verb Then add 1 more to make me a noun

L. Add three to get O (owe) add one more to get P (pea)

Now you have three, onto the final spree Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free what's 0 multiplied by 83?

If you get ANK, then you have A BLANK and also get the answer to 0*83

• Nice job. I like it. Hopefully its right. – avenger12 Jul 27 '17 at 23:23
• If the answer was a word this would definitely be it! +1 – bolt997 Jul 28 '17 at 2:15

Hint

As it cannot be seen literally. But after looking at it one regrets.(cry like a baby)

As the heading of this puzzle also depicts towards not looking at it whilst solving a puzzle.

• Clever, but sadly the first stanza does not give the word "hint". – bolt997 Jul 27 '17 at 9:24
• Or is it the SUN....?? – EyemPri Jul 27 '17 at 9:31

Day-Dreaming ?

You can't see Literally But if you watch me You might cry like a baby

A dream we cannot see literally (meaning with eyes open ). A nightmare, if watched with eyes open can make us cry (like a child).

I'm a distraction sometimes a big explosion If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

An occurrence of dream is a symbol of disturbed sleep and hence a kind of distraction of mind even in the sleep ! Later part need to be explained ...

I'm always consistent Even if you change my content Now add 3 to make me a verb Then add 1 more to make me a noun

A dream is said to occur for atmost 30s (in any case)irrespective of subject. Add 3 letters 'D', 'A', 'Y' to it to get Day-dream : a verb and adding 't' makes it Dreamt, a verb.

Now you have three, onto the final spree Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free what's 0 multiplied by 83?

Day-dreaming is usually referred as one's imagination and '0 multiplied by 83' is 0x83, which is 83 in Hexadecimal and equal to 131 in decimal system. 131 stands for an abbreviated form of 'I Owe You' to 'I Owe U' ?!

And as per the title of the puzzle, one should not

Day-dream

while solving puzzles

• Correct on the 0 x 83 ! it is indeed 131. But you need to get the trio of three to make sense of that. – bolt997 Jul 28 '17 at 0:54
• @JFox, provided an explanation, what I thought. – Mea Culpa Nay Jul 28 '17 at 5:57
• Sorry, aside from 131, the rest will lead you nowhere. Try and see @Vikram's answer – bolt997 Jul 28 '17 at 6:49
• I had the same answer after reading the first parah, but rest of the puzzle doesnt explain it well. – Karun Kamal Jul 31 '17 at 15:23

I think this should be

ZERO / Nothing

Following the stanzas: You can't see Literally But if you watch me You might cry like a baby

We can't the zero, which is nothing. But if someone get zero in exam or anywhere, where number matters, s/he might cry after that.

I'm a distraction sometimes a big explosion If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

Having nothing could be a reason for distraction for people. And ex should be 1 for zero and if we put the zero after 1 many times, could get a lot of things or exploit money. Or we could also refer the "full" as an ex of nothing and if we use anything more then its full limit could make a explosion in case.

I'm always consistent Even if you change my content Now add 3 to make me a verb Then add 1 more to make me a noun

Zero is always consistent as nothing to change in its content. Adding 'ing' to zero gives zeroing and its a verb. Not sure about the next line though. Might be referring to NIL.

Now you have three, onto the final spree Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free what's 0 multiplied by 83?

ZERO, Nothing, ZEROING all along with 83 * 0 gives a big 0 as an answer of this puzzle.

This could also help others to solve it, if this is not the correct answer.

Is it a >>>

MOVIE

You can't see Literally, But if you watch me

Technically , see mean to be aware of what is around you by using your eyes and we Watch a movie, as in Watch is deliberately looking at something for a period of time (like a MOVIE)

You might cry like a baby

Horror movies can make you cry like a baby

and be motivated to play rugby

A movie can do that for rugby (like INVICTUS) or for the other sports too!

I'm a necessary distraction

People go to movies to distract themselves.

sometimes a big explosion

you can see an explosion in a movie

If I ever got one over my ex You'll know who I am

movie can be made on EX and you come to know about the person

I'm always consistent

So many movies been released worldwide consistently.

Even if you change my content

Different genre

Order me around, I promise I won't byte

you can order a movie without the fear of byte

Now add 3 to make me a gerund

(not able to make a noun )

Then add 1 to make me more

MOVIE(S)

Now you have three, onto the final spree

like a seasons ?

Get the next trio of three and I'll give you this for free

discounts (Yay!!)

what's 0 multiplied by 83?

0 * 83 is Zero (Pretty sure, its a Movie)