# A meta-meta-Riley

Read: $\phantom{/a/}$

My prefix determines$\phantom{q}$
My suffix, a group
My infix blunders
My whole will confuse

You are:

Loops

The riddle:

The italics spell imgur and the bolds and phantoms added make for https://imgur.com/a/fqfpc, which leads to another riddle (what I suspect is the real riddle):

My prefix, exclaimed when interested
My suffix, exclaimed when mistaken
My infix, exclaimed when amazed
My whole, what this all is

Prefix:

"Lo" exclaims interest

Suffix:

"Oops" exclaims a mistake

Infix:

"Oo" exclaims amazement

Whole:

The link in the image (tinyurl.com/unknot1232) loops back to here

Original riddle is:

Deterrent

Prefix:

"det" like determinant

Suffix:

"ent"? Not sure here. Word could also be deterrence or deterring but I'm still confused

Infix:

"err" is to make a mistake

Whole:

The first riddle is a deterrent for the second puzzle

• Got it! :) One extra hint: "unknot" is simply a closed loop in mathematics. I will accept your answer after the original Riley riddle is figured out – Quintec Apr 17 '18 at 22:59
• @thecoder16 Added a guess for the first riddle! – Velvet Carrot Apr 18 '18 at 4:21
• You got part of it... not quite :) – Quintec Apr 18 '18 at 12:11

It is:

Minecraft the address is made up of letters in bold and italics

prefix:

determines => Mine

suffix:

group => craft

infix:

nec => a bit political - NEC - National Executive Comitee

whole:

I'm not sure why should it confuse anyone, but maybe because it is based on cubes or because the name of the game is a bit ambiguous...

EDIT (the original riddle):

You are:

reference

refere(e) who determines the outcome of a game or just the verb refer

CE for Casual Encounters :D

er(r) => blunders

I don't have to say that reference confuses, especially this one.

• You’ve got the right idea, unfortunately new imgur addresses are a bit different: imgur.com/a/xxxxx – Quintec Apr 17 '18 at 20:34
• Added an answer for the original riddle. – kmartin Apr 18 '18 at 13:30
• Not quite - but you got one of the parts – Quintec Apr 18 '18 at 13:34

The first riddle's solution is

(Red) Herring

Past tense is pronounced "Red"

My prefix determines

Might be "He", might be "Her" - determines a gender.

My suffix, a group

My infix blunders

"Err"

My whole will confuse

A red herring is an element of a puzzle designed to put you off track.

• Yep, got it :) Though for the suffix they are also synonyms, no maths required – Quintec Apr 18 '18 at 14:41