# Confessions of a Riddle Junkie

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic.
I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual.
And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled.
As you can probably see, I'm so long it's almost impossible,
and I turn into a slightly cocky prodigy whenever I'm feeling hot.

..So yeah, I got fired.

I tried to talk with my bank about my cheques bouncing, (I don't even have a safety cushion),
but that didn't help, and now I'm alone and completely exhausted.
Maybe one of you could spare me a buck?
Even a grape would do, it's pretty much the same thing to me anyway.
(I don't usually panhandle like this: whenever I have a mug, the police take me.)

Oh, you didn't catch my name?

If someone would like to summarise all this insightfully, I'd be up with it.

• Has a correct answer been given? If so, please don't forget to $\color{green}{\checkmark \small\text{Accept}}$ it :)
– Rubio
Jul 2 '18 at 13:43

Taking a pop at this:

SHOT

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic.

The blank representing no shot (a blank cartridge - to be filled) and a shot of spirits is alcoholic.

I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual.

A potshot is a casual attempt.

And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled.

A crack shot is a marksman.

As you can probably see, I'm so long it's almost impossible,

A longshot has very little chance of succeeding.

and I turn into a slightly cocky prodigy whenever I'm feeling hot.

A hotshot may be vain and cocky.

..So yeah, I got fired.

Shot fired from a gun.

I tried to talk with my bank about my cheques bouncing, (I don't even have a safety cushion),

Taking a cue from Matt this is a play on billiards, a bank shot and bouncing off cushions.

First strike: You're broke, bank account is shot. (With no cushion as springs/suspension are shot.)

but that didn't help, and now I'm completely alone and exhausted.

You're shot - tired and worn out.

Maybe could one of you maybe spare me a buck?

Buckshot - lead shot used in shotgun cartridges.

Even a grape would do, it's pretty much the same thing to me anyway.

Grapeshot is a mass of small metal slugs packed tightly together - similar to buckshot.

(I don't usually panhandle like this: whenever I have a mug, the police take me.)

Police taking a mugshot photo of you.

Oh, you didn't catch my name?

Perhaps out of earshot.

A parting shot which is a snipe, ending with a low shot on needing a grown-up to solve.

If someone would like to summarise all this insightfully, I'd be up with it.

Upshot is the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion.

• This sounds like the kind of thing people around here would do. That has to be it. Jun 26 '18 at 14:44
• I think your explanation regarding the bank is off. Seems more likely related to billiards.
– Matt
Jun 26 '18 at 15:28
• @Matt or basketball :) Jun 26 '18 at 23:41
• Thanks @Matt, good spot for that connection to bank and I slotted in some explanation.
– Tom
Jun 27 '18 at 8:35
• Very well done, you got every clue, and even a couple of unintended ones :-)
– Bass
Jun 29 '18 at 10:31