I'm looking for a name.
Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar.
Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal.
Middle is a vulgar intensifier.
Extremely difficult in the language of banana.

What is my name?


Banana is a loanword.

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    $\begingroup$ This riddle is simply great +1 :) $\endgroup$
    – D3f4u1t
    Aug 20, 2018 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ @rhsquared It might be, or it might nicht be. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 20, 2018 at 8:15
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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 That sounds about reich. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 20, 2018 at 8:23
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    $\begingroup$ Okay, I think (ROT13) gur jbeq fgnegf jvgu "wn" orpnhfr gung nssvezngvba cneg ersref gb Trezna, nf "rva" zrnaf "ba" (nppbeqvat gb Tbbtyr Genafyngr). Naq onfvpnyyl, gur fvzcyrfg jbeq gb qrfpevor nssvezngvba vf rdhny gb nssvezngvir: "lrf". Va Trezna, gung vf "wn". $\ast$ However, I don't know the metal part. The vulgar intensifier part might refer to (ROT13) fbzr xvaq bs cuenfr/rkcerffvba vagrafvsvrq ol na npebalz be "grkg gnyx" nf gurl fnl. $\ast$ I am not too sure, though. I have a feeling that.. well.. (ROT13) Gur nafjre zvtug or LBHE anzr... $\ast$ I don't wanna look at the answer below... $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Aug 20, 2018 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest Came across it randomly googling my name :) $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 20, 2018 at 14:57

3 Answers 3


The name is

Jafe :D

Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal.

Affirmation is "ja" (means "yes" in German), and Fe is a metal (iron)

Middle is a vulgar intensifier

af ("as f***")

Edit: I am intrigued by the last clue, but figuring anything out is difficult since

we don't know for sure where the word "banana" came from - apparently it was originally an Arabic word, then integrated into a west-African language, and was finally introduced to us through Spanish and Portuguese :)

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    $\begingroup$ Too easy, huh? :P I wonder if anyone will figure out the monkey business on the last line. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:15
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    $\begingroup$ Is it (rot13)whfg gurer gb znxr gur vavgvny yrggref fcryy bhg "Vg'f zr"? $\endgroup$
    – Mohirl
    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:34
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe (rot13)V fcrnx n yvggyr ovg bs Trezna so that gave it away :) $\endgroup$
    – Eutherpy
    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ I think you're right about that edit; see my answer below and feel free to add it! Great job solving this, @Eutherpy! $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Aug 20, 2018 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ And the initial letters of each line spell "its me", which is a rather huge hint. $\endgroup$ Aug 21, 2018 at 7:15

To finalize @Eutherpy's answer, I just wanted to solve the banana business:

It is hypothesized that banana came from the Senagalese/West African language Wolof.

And in that language,

Jafe means difficult!!


I guess that Eutherpy posted just correct answer but I think it has another solution:






What about vulgar intensifier?

Unresolved Sexual Tension

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    $\begingroup$ Pretty good fit, although not exactly uncommon. What about the last line? $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:22
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe I don't know language of banana but I guess that lots of simple English words may be extremely difficult within. -OK I'm just justifying myself too much :) $\endgroup$
    – mpasko256
    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:26

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