# Is a short one easier?

I came up with this short riddle while washing up:

The right words get rid of little old me,

Otherwise baffled with puzzlement be.

Hint:

There is a clue or more on every line, take time to reflect

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A riddle?

The right words get rid of little old me

The puzzle will be solved if you come up with the solution

Otherwise baffled with puzzlement be.

Riddles can indeed be baffling and puzzling.

Hint

As well as each line having a clue, the riddle itself is a clue... because it's a riddle.

Title

This is indeed a very short riddle.

• I was one minute too late. I should have just checked the newly answered post (namely, yours) before continuing mine $\stackrel{\bullet\bullet}{\smile}$ $(+1)$ Jul 4, 2018 at 13:55
• Rightly guessed. Main clues were "rid" and "puzzlement"; the right words get rid of the riddle which are the answer; which is its name. "Little old me" because it is a little riddle; "old" being a familiar term to refer to itself, which of course is the riddle. Jul 6, 2018 at 14:17

Is it?

Dishwasher

I came up with this short riddle while washing up:

Normally you need to get down to arrange and remove the contents in a dishwasher. Hence the title. The short ones like kids need not bend.

The right words get rid of little old me:

Setting the right mode and timer makes the contents inside new.

Otherwise baffled with puzzlement be.

Not knowing about the controls make you see it in confusion.

There is a clue or more on every line, take time to reflect

After the cleaning time, the contents are as new that you can see your own reflection on it.

I think you are:

An encrypted message

The right words get rid of little old me,

The right words are the deciphering key. Once applied it replaces the original message (the little old you) with a new, readable one.

Otherwise baffled with puzzlement be.

If the right deciphering key is not applied, you only get gibberish that will baffle you.

Germs?

The right words get rid of little old me

The "right words" could mean the right-most words in your opening sentence - "washing up". Washing gets rid of germs, which are certainly "little" (microscopic) and "old" (microorganisms are generally believed to be the oldest living things).

"There is a clue or more on every line"

This is what makes me believe that your opening words about washing up are not superfluous but part of the puzzle.

I think you are:

A crossword

The right words get rid of little old me,

filling in a crossword with the right words completes the crossword

Otherwise baffled with puzzlement be.

not being able complete a crossword may leave you baffled with puzzlement