Inspiration here, here, and the original.

Put down my prefix.

Put on my suffix.

You can't see my infix for the trees.

If I had a cape, it would look like this:

Status of a goddess it would spoil the puzzle to name
Image from benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com

What am I?

Hint #1:

If I were an an island, I'd be nominally in Auckland.

Hint #2:

The answer is suggested by the title.

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    $\begingroup$ I propose that these puzzles are officially named "Riley riddles". $\endgroup$
    – Statman
    Mar 28, 2018 at 8:14
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Or perhaps "Rileyddles" $\endgroup$
    – votbear
    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ I vote for rileyddles! $\endgroup$
    – nicael
    Mar 28, 2018 at 19:07

2 Answers 2


You are:


Put down my prefix:

diss: to diss is to insult or “put down”

Put on my suffix:

ointment: ointment is something that is "put on" (thanks @Chowzen in the comments)

You can’t see my infix for the trees:

sap: “Can’t see the wood for the trees” is an expression. “sap” is found inside trees.

If I had a cape, it would look like this:

The image is of the goddess Columbia (per the website linked). Cape Disappointment is the cape on the north of the Columbia River.

Hint 1:

Disappointment Island is part of the Auckland archipelago.

Hint 2:

Not as good as I hoped: a disappointment.

  • $\begingroup$ Very close. Not quite right on the postfix, and you haven't explained the cape. $\endgroup$ Mar 31, 2018 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ @RupertMorrish have added an explanation for the cape. $\endgroup$
    – anything
    Mar 31, 2018 at 2:53
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    $\begingroup$ The suffix that you put on may be "ointment," right? $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Mar 31, 2018 at 3:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Chowzen, that makes more sense than my version! $\endgroup$
    – anything
    Mar 31, 2018 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ There is also $\ast$ (ROT13) Acibh Rwgoddcwbhasbh $\ast$ (go here) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Sep 9, 2018 at 11:34

An attempt at an answer:

Is it:

San Andres?

Put down my prefix

Put-down can be interpreted as without (i.e) Sans

Put on my suffix.

Put-on or wear a dress maybe?

You can't see my infix for the trees.

  • $\begingroup$ No to all three guesses, I'm afraid. $\endgroup$ Mar 31, 2018 at 1:16

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