My prefix a trick,

My suffix a tick.

My infix heir to a throne,

Overall, I am useless alone.

What am I?


2 Answers 2


This took a moment to figure out; especially the suffix. However, I'm pretty sure I got it:


My prefix a trick - Supplied by: Joe-You-Know

Con is a trick.

my suffix a tick

Ant; there are two ways this can be interpreted. The first is the animal tick. In relation to tick, ants are looked at as similar with both being insects to most; however, this is not the case. Ants belong to the class insecta whereas ticks belong to the class Arachnida. The second interpretation is in regards to a clock; more specifically the ticking noise it makes. Ant is defined as a suffix; denoting attribution of an action or state. This definition as a suffix helps relate ant to tick in the second interpretation.

My infix heir to a throne

Son; in most countries, the first born son is heir to the throne.

Overall, I am useless alone.

Most consonants are useless alone.

  • $\begingroup$ Correct! For the suffix, rot13(V jnf whfg hfvat n jbeq gung pbhyq eryngr gb na nag. Gurer vf ab qrrcre zrnavat ) :) $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Aug 23, 2018 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ I was literally going to guess this, but I got sidetracked :( :( :( $\endgroup$
    – 1848
    Aug 23, 2018 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @casey I would like to refer you to this riddle for some examples on how to rot13(eryngr navznyf va n jnl gung pna or sbhaq; jvgu fbzr rssbeg bs pbhefr). In parallel; this was a good riddle, I enjoyed it! $\endgroup$ Aug 23, 2018 at 17:23

Are you


My prefix a trick,

A con

my suffix a tick.

able - I've got nothing here, but I'm pretty sure this is the answer

My infix heir to a throne,


Overall, I am useless alone.

conscionable means Acceptable or permissible according to conscience. It is useless if you don't have a conscience.

  • $\begingroup$ Not the word I was looking for, but very good guess! $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Aug 23, 2018 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ @casey, Am I reasonably close? $\endgroup$ Aug 23, 2018 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ You're getting there. rot13(Lbh jrer pbeerpg sbe bar bs gur yvarf.) $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Aug 23, 2018 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ @casey rot13(juvpu yvar vf pbeerpg)? $\endgroup$ Aug 23, 2018 at 17:00

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