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Maybe, maybe not — but the answer won't.


My prefix is the first half of what was before.

My suffix curses Scotland in red and no more.

My infix is a hotshot when scrambled (what egg?).

I am twice my definition; I begin with a beg.

What am I?


Hint:

The answer to the riddle can be found in front of you,
Including all the clues except the second one through.

The pun is quite a hint — the answer is in every word!
In the riddle, it is seen; in the beginning, it is heard.

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    $\begingroup$ does the word actually start with beg? or is that just a wordplay $\endgroup$ – Shahriar Mahmud Sajid Aug 19 '18 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ @ShahriarMahmudSajid I think it's just wordplay cos' if it isn't, OP wouldn't write the prefix part. BTW,@user477343, nice riddle, mate. Always enjoyed yours :) $\endgroup$ – Kevin L Aug 19 '18 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ To the title: I hope so ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 19 '18 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ @ShahriarMahmudSajid no it doesn't start with "beg" ... but that is still a clue. The last line talks about the definition of the word. $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 19 '18 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ Ftq mzeiqd omz mxea nq ragzp tqdq. $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 25 '18 at 10:12
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I think you are

Prefix

My prefix is the first half of what was before.

Literally, pre (The word 'prefix' come before in the sentence and half of it is 'pre' and pre = before)

My suffix curses Scotland in red and no more.

Curse of Scotland = 9 of Diamond. 9 in Roman numerals is ix

My infix is a hotshot when scrambled (what egg?).

When you scramble refi, you get 'fire' which is literally hot.

I am twice my definition; I begin with a beg.

Prefix of begin is beg. Hence, begin begins with a beg.

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  • $\begingroup$ 'Tis true! You got it correct! Well done! Also, (ROT13) n jbeq gb ercynpr "jung jnf orsber" vf "cerivbhf", juvpu jnf jung V vavgvnyyl nvzrq sbe; ohg unys bs gung vf "ceri", fb lbhe qrfpevcgvba sbe gur cersvk svgf orggre! Naq, sver vf ubg naq fubgf pna or sverq, gb znxr "ubgfubg". Apart from those minor details, congratulations! $\;\color{green}{\checkmark}$ $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 20 '18 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ Love this riddle and the hint too. Very clever! :) $\endgroup$ – Kevorobin Aug 20 '18 at 6:00
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I still don't have a solution, but I think the prefix might be

pa (the first half of "past")

and the suffix something related to

the Nine of Diamonds card, since its nickname is "the curse of Scotland"... so, either "nine", or "NoD", or "card".

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  • $\begingroup$ I’ve had the same conclusions. The only word I could find was “pavonine” $\endgroup$ – tyobrien Aug 19 '18 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Reversing your second suggestion for the suffix doesn't really make sense, but it would give you a word that goes well with "beg". $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Aug 19 '18 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Ahh, I see what you mean - but I also don't see why it would be reversed... and I don't think it explains all the lines - 3rd, for example. $\endgroup$ – Eutherpy Aug 19 '18 at 22:04
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    $\begingroup$ @tyobrien the answer is not pavonine because the infix is not "pa", though you have the right idea. Find another word other than "past". Hint: Rot13(Vg fgnegf jvgu C). But you have the suffix correct, though it is not "nine", but something else equal to nine... $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 19 '18 at 23:47
  • $\begingroup$ I have added a hint :) $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 20 '18 at 0:29

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