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I'm bathing in my swimming pool, but I only get wet when I'm diving.
I'm a great big Boss, like the President himself; I am important even to the High King.

On my birthday, I'll completely disappear; follow me, and you'll do just the same.
If you then track me down, at the end of the pursuit, you'll pant and sweat, but I still won't look lame.

At your leisure, take a guess at my actual name! It should perfectly fit every clue.
Gee, there's no pressure! Keep it casual if you want, but please explain the white space too.

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you have to explain the last 2 lines? $\endgroup$ – PotatoLatte Aug 20 '18 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ @PotatoLatte Certainly. $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 20 '18 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ Is this now considered solved? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Sep 29 '18 at 12:42
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I'm going to try this and hope it fits:

suit - this puzzle stores an x-large number of matches

I'm bathing in my swimming pool, but I only get wet when I'm diving.

bathing suit, swimming suit, wet suit, diving suit

I'm a great big Boss, like the President himself; I am important even to the High King.

big suit, Hugo Boss suit, Trump suit, High card by suit or king suite

On my birthday, I'll completely disappear; follow me, and you'll do just the same.

birthday suit is disappeared because it is no suit, follow suit, the same - suit

If you track me down, at the end of the pursuit, you'll pant and sweat, but I still won't look lame.

tracksuit, end of the pursuit, pantsuit, sweatsuit, lamé (gold!) suit

At your leisure, take a guess at my actual name! It should perfectly fit every clue.

leisure suit, GUESS (brand) suit, perfectly fit suit

Gee, there's no pressure! Keep it casual if you want, but please explain the white space too.

g-suit for pilots, pressure suit, casual suit, white suit, space suit

Who Leaves Roses in Bamboo Cups? - discovered by El-Guest and Gareth McCaughan - thanks!

Leaves - Leaves are one of the four suits in German-suited decks of playing cards.

Roses - one of the four suits in a Swiss deck along with Shields, Acorns and Bells. (El-Guest)

Bamboo suit - Mahjong has three suits: bamboos, characters, and dots. (Gareth)

Suit of cups - one of the four suits of Latin-suited playing cards. (El-Guest)

As a final touch, distinction to jafe, this triple paragraph bespoke puzzle is designed as a

three-piece suit. Thanks Bass :)

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    $\begingroup$ This is an impressive answer! Just to help you out, maybe roses and bamboo and cups? Hope this helps! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 20 '18 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest I agree with the first and third of your suggestions but think there is a better option for the second. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 20 '18 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan and it's from a game that I really enjoy playing, too! Here's another one for bamboo $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 20 '18 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ Nicely done! I tried to build this puzzle so that it operates on two levels simultaneously, I think you nailed almost every clue in the "hidden embedded wordplay" layer, but I think there are a couple more left on the largely overlapping "more or less direct riddle clue" layer. $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 20 '18 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ rot13[guerr-cvrpr fhvg]? :) Amazing riddle. $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 20 '18 at 16:28

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