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Add a letter, and I become that which helps create me.

Take away two, and I become soup.

What am I?

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Are you a

photo?

"Add a letter, and I become that which helps create me."

Photon (also photog, slang for photographer)

"Take away two, and I become soup."

Pho

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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done! Did the second hint make it too easy? $\endgroup$ – gnovice Dec 23 '17 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ @gnovice, in a way. I don't really know much about soups, so I looked up a list of soups and the only ones that looked like they could be part of a longer word were gumbo and pho. This really reduced the number of possibilities, but I don't consider that a fault or defect. Not all puzzles need to be super hard, though; this was a fun little puzzle for us to relax in a lazy afternoon, and it served well for this purpose. $\endgroup$ – J. Siebeneichler Dec 23 '17 at 21:11

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