Right now, Puzzling is seeing an unprecedented wave of riddles and ciphers which have completely flooded the main site. I firmly believe in “if you can’t beat them, join them”.
I do know that’s what you will say but let me tell you, to stay relevant, you got to adapt. (Nothing much to see here. Go on.)
What we have here is that the site quality suffers and there’s not enough variety. Absurd! Very well, if that’s what you think about the problem, then, we can only count the good ones. Except, post new puzzles!!

On my prefix, you may sit.
Soccer player is military(3)
My suffix is meant to be hit.
odd rat’s painting(4)
Element left in God(4)
My infix is in chemicals’ name.
Plan recreation of a resume(7)
Iron has four number(7)
On a whole, I am a game.

Oops, the enumerations and the two parts seem to have been jumbled here, that is, I can't confirm whether the enumerations in the clues are correct or not. And there is an extra 6 which you have to use.

The question is, "What is Missing here"?


Synchronous has gotten one half of the steganography part. You need to solve that as a crossword clue. There's another part of the steganography as well.

  • $\begingroup$ Gasp Traitor! Benedict Arnold! Tar and feather him! $\endgroup$ May 9, 2018 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ Actually this is a good riddle soooo I guess you really aren't a traitor ;) +1. I like how you took C4 and combined it with riddle. $\endgroup$ May 9, 2018 at 18:07

5 Answers 5


As noted by the hint, there is something else hidden in the introduction text:

The number of words in each setence can be turned into a letter (1 = A, 2 = B, ..., Z = 26) to give SKATEBOARD.

The other hidden message, found by Synchronous, ...

... says "Riding wave", which probably means SURFING.

The affix riddle was solved by ManyPinkHats with some help from Sid, the OP, in chat:

On my prefix, you may sit. BASE
My infix is in chemicals’ name. SEBA, (wrong plural of sebum, arguably a "chemical")
My suffix is meant to be hit. BALL
On a whole, I am a game. BASEBALL

I suggested that there was a single word that could go with any of the partial answers, but ManyPinkHats has found the actual connection:

The partial answers are:

 • Skateboard
 • Surfing
 • Karate
 • Baseball

These are four of the five new sports for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. What's missing is the fifth ew sport: Climbing.

  • $\begingroup$ Both are correct. Hitman is wrong. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Jun 4, 2018 at 18:49
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ If the prefix-infix-suffix riddle clues (onfronyy), then the connection could be (svir arj fcbegf sbe Gbxlb gjraglgjragl Bylzcvpf, zvffvat pyvzovat). I can only really see how the prefix works, if so; I don't have a good explanation of infix or suffix yet $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2018 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ @ManyPinkHats: The connection sounds good. I don't see the construction either. (Base could fit both prefix and infix and the suffix; ball could be the thing that's meant to be hit.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jun 4, 2018 at 19:23

Soccer player is military should be

Martial, double definition for "military" and Anthony Martial, a soccer player.

Making the answers to the cryptic clues, plus the extra enumeration

Martial art gold measure five (6)

Which seems to be a clue for "Karate".


Cryptics answers:

"odd rat’s painting(4)"

That clues to ART (anagrammed RAT) -- enumeration should be 3

"Soccer player is military(3)"

don't know, but enumeration is probably 7

"Element left in God(4)"

As noted, GOLD (L in GOD) Enumeration is correct

"Plan recreation of a resume(7)"

That clues to MEASURE (anagrammed A RESUME) Enumeration is correct

"Iron has four number(7)"

That clues to FIVE (Iron -> FE, containing IV (Roman numeral for 4)). The enumeration should be 4

  • $\begingroup$ All are correct so far. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    May 9, 2018 at 3:26

Partial answers:

Background text

Taking the first letter of each sentence of the background text in order gives RIDINGWAVE, but I'm not sure how to use this.

Element left in God(4) (confirmed correct guess)

L(eft) + GOD = GOLD
Fun alternative solution if this were a non-cryptic clue:
Mercury is a Roman god. The element left of mercury in the periodic table of elements is gold.

Soccer player is military(3) (confirmed wrong guess)

Anagram formed from MESSI and (m)IL(itary). As pointed out by Clayton Colwell, the enumeration should be 7.

Shaky guess for the affix clues

Hitman: Absolution
I'm assuming that "the two parts seem to have been jumbled here" means that the two words are switched, meaning the clues refer to "Absolution Hitman".

Prefix: "Abs" are your abdominal muscles, which are used when you sit.
Infix: "solution"s are often chemicals mixed together.
Suffix: "Hitman".
Whole: Hitman: Absolution is a video game.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ This is actually a particular type of clue known as cryptic-clues. $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    May 8, 2018 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @noedne Oops, I somehow overlooked that. My answer has been edited. $\endgroup$ May 8, 2018 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ I do not understand how the second clue resolves. $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    May 8, 2018 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ @noedne Messi is a soccer player. I'm relatively new to this, so please tell me if I'm making a mistake. $\endgroup$ May 8, 2018 at 22:33
  • $\begingroup$ 2 is incorrect. I don't do indirect anagrams. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    May 9, 2018 at 3:25

Is the second clue

A double definition for STRIKER or ARSENAL?

So given the cryptic solving above:

It would appear the five words given form another clue, possibly
ART ??????? GOLD MEASURE (5)
Which seems to clue CARAT.

Need to try the Riley as well.

  • $\begingroup$ there was an error in the puzzle ordering. It's rectified now. And one of your conclusions about the puzzle is wrong.(The new cryptic has the correct enumeration) $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    May 9, 2018 at 6:30
  • $\begingroup$ And I forgot to tell that you should read the background text too. There might be some information there. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    May 9, 2018 at 6:38

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