# My attempt at a Riley

I seem not to be good at solving Rileys, maybe I'm better at creating them. Here you go:

About the prefix, I couldn't tell you less.
The suffix is about half of you, I guess.
The infix, well, it clearly is not me.
The solution now materialized should be.

Besides solution attempts, any feedback is appreciated.

• Feedback: Difficult, good. Apr 30, 2018 at 20:04
• This was a satisfying puzzle, I thought the first line was very clever. May 1, 2018 at 5:37

This answer is a work in progress.

I think you are:

bitumen (asphalt)

About the prefix, I couldn't tell you less.

A bit is the smallest unit of data in a computer, you could not convey less information than that

The suffix is about half of you, I guess.

We assume half of the readers are men

The infix, well, it clearly is not me.

The opposite of me would be you, or "u"

The solution now materialized should be.

Unfortunately I'm still not sure how this ties in. Perhaps it is a reference to the process through which bitumen is created

• Congratulations, you've found the solution! About the last part: Think about what it is. May 1, 2018 at 5:10
• I think the last line would be called a rot13(nanfgebcur), but I can't make the connection from there. I can't see how the last line could be anything more than a hint, because the solution can be found with just the first three lines. May 1, 2018 at 5:36
• I meant: Think about the solution. What is it that the word describes? And yes, the line is a hint at the solution (as are all lines, actually). May 1, 2018 at 5:43
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• rot13(Npghnyyl ovghzra vf nabgure anzr sbe nfcunyg; V'z abg njner bs vg nyfb orvat hfrq gb anzr gur cebprff.) May 1, 2018 at 5:58

The solution is

lesson

About the prefix, I couldn't tell you less.

You can't tell us less because that would be giving away the prefix

The suffix is about half of you, I guess.

We assume half of the readers are male

The infix, well, it clearly is not me.

Esso sounds like "SO", meaning "significant other", or clearly not "me"

• Interesting solution, but not what I meant. You also didn't explain the last line. Apr 30, 2018 at 20:17

The solution is

human

About the prefix, I couldn't tell you less.

If asked a question and you hum, "Hmmmmm..." you couldn't be telling us less

The suffix is about half of you, I guess.

Guessing half the reads are male (man) the other half female.

The infix, well, it clearly is not me.

"u" i.e. "you" isn't me

The solution now materialized should be.

You, i.e. celtschk, now materialialize before us as a human

• You got quite a few things right, but not everything. In particular, not the prefix. May 1, 2018 at 5:12