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The following riddle was inspired by what is referred to as "Riley Puzzles / Riddles" (example).


Another Riley Riddle! This one keeps to the traditions, but it might be a little too hard. I will give out hints every $24$ hours.

My prefix is a question.

My suffix, mean but golden.

My infix has two heads,

But I have bars instead.

What am I?

The answer has $4$ letters, and the title is a clue.


Other inspirations include this riddle and this one, too.

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  • $\begingroup$ All the capitalized letters in the title make out to be arri, a motion picture company $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 17 '18 at 2:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Duck That was just a pure coincidence (...or was it not, subconsciously?), but it would be even better if you could relate that to the actual answer :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 17 '18 at 2:45
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I thought I got on something there, lol :) $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 17 '18 at 2:46
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm I feel like the suffix here is -au, but the only words that end in au is prau, luau, beau, and unau $\endgroup$ – North Aug 17 '18 at 2:50
  • $\begingroup$ @North when I say what my affixes are, think vocally; (ROT13) gur fhssvk vf abg "nh" :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 17 '18 at 2:54
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I think you are

wifi.

My prefix is a question.

"Why?"

My suffix, mean but golden.

Phi.

My infix has two heads,

"if". Not sure exactly why "two heads", though. Perhaps they refer to the antecedent and consequent. Perhaps they're the two letters. Perhaps something I haven't thought of. [EDITED to add:] OP explains in comments that this is a reference to the $\Leftrightarrow$ symbol for "iff", though personally I pronounce that "if and only if" which isn't exactly the infix here :-).

But I have bars instead.

Used to indicate strength of wifi signal.

The title ("A connection between Riley Riddles and I")

is presumably punning on the word connection: OP reads and posts Riley riddles over wifi.

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13 Jung unccrarq gb gur tbyqra zrna? $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 17 '18 at 3:08
  • $\begingroup$ (ROT13) unir lbh urneq bs "vs naq bayl vs"? :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 17 '18 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Duck (ROT13) Cuv vf gur tbyqra zrna nf jryy. Zrna = nirentr (be engvb, va guvf cnegvphyne pbagrkg, V fhccbfr). $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 17 '18 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I see, I just thought that it would be more philosophical. $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 17 '18 at 3:11
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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 Short and sweet and rhyming? Hmm. "Start definitely, end poultry, mid masculinity, thus next we'll see." How's that, then? :-) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 17 '18 at 8:03

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