Feedback to the Poster
I really enjoyed this puzzle, and have enjoyed looking for the answers. The finesse of your rhyming was quite impeccable! You definitely have my up-vote here! You should consider submitting this to a puzzle challenge similar to the local newspaper where I live. They hold weekly challenges allowing the community to compete for a spot in the paper! You'd definitely win with this one!
I wasn't able to find a 100% representation for it without going into a unique perspective. I really look forward to the poster's Making Of answer.
Prefix: This is a tough one, but it fits perfectly.
Ran is past, without what you cast; a pawn skips one when it starts.
My prefix runs past: And I ran, I ran so far away. 10 points if you name the song.
When you leave what you cast: Remove the letter I.
Where a square may be skipped by a pawn: This is a reference to how a pawn can move either one or two squares forward for it's opening movement. This can also be a reference to En Passant which literally translates to in passing, alternatively run past; this is a move in which a pawn can capture another pawn under specific criteria; see my interesting finds section.
Infix: Quite simple unless you're overthinking it like most of us initially did.
AI is fast, in processing a blast; and casts a net from its heart.
My infix is fast: AI operates quickly.
*When it thinks in a blast: AI thinks the same way humans do by creating blasts in their “brains” like neurons firing off.
Where a net may be used thereupon: Heuristic algorithms (heavily used in AI development) are analogous to nets as they try many different paths, finding the path of least resistance with the most accuracy and learning along the way. Although, another analogy can be made here to the internet as a whole, which can be used to run AI; although I don't believe in the cloud, it's just someone else's computer. :)
Suffix: The middle line to this stanza throws everyone off, but it was probably phrased that way for rhyming's sake.
Air is vast, is quite a gas; this riddle is ingeniously smart.
My suffix is vast: Air is everywhere and as such is quite vast.
When I swap first with last: More than first and last, but none the less.
Where a breath may be currently drawn: You breathe air.
I think I would have rephrased this a little to be more accurate; though, it was a great riddle.
My suffix is vast,
Reordered out last (eventually someone will realize to drop the n),
Where a breath may be currently drawn.
Hint 1: This definitely fits all criteria in the riddle and retains the same prefix.
Yellow in color; but known as another; a raincoat this seems to be.
Hint 2: This was a dead giveaway!
Rain you seek, it took not a week; but an acrostic gave this to me.
Suffix Hint: This took a while to solve when coupled with the riddle.
Air is warm, and rather cool; a fuel for life unseen.
Air is the basis of all life; well, oxygen is anyways. The air you breathe is indeed a fuel for your body to keep going, without it, you will die. The hard part in finding this was swapping first with last. You actually have to remove the last letter, and reorder what's left.
Shoes Hint: It would seem that most are referring to Dorothy and her ruby red slippers (not shoes). I believe this is referring to:
Rainboots below, in rain and snow; keep your feet dry all the same.
I believe this is in reference to hint 1 and the bonus. Granted, I don't think it has anything to do with the color references, just When the keeper feels splashes below and So reflect, what indicated the shoes?.
Bonus: Again meets all the criteria (same prefix as well).
Silver and gold, as time has foretold; a rainbow the future will bring.
Indigo the color, unlike no other; found through blues in-between.
This is in reference to indigo being a shade of blue between the other two blue hues (blue and violet). The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. I actually forgot the exact colors involved and had to look it up.
I have found a few cool things while searching for the answer. I figure I'll share these with the community in the hopes that you all enjoy them too!
- Thundersnow - It rarely occurs, but it is a snow storm accompanied by thunder and lightning.
- Squall Line - A narrow band of high winds and storms associated with a cold front. We see these a lot where I live!
- The acrostic for each stanza seems to follow the pattern of MWW; this was interesting and beautifully crafted! I love the flow of the My, When, Where pattern. The puzzle as a whole (including hints and bonus) only deviates from this occasionally.
- Dark ’N’ Stormy - This is a type of alcoholic drink, definitely did not know this; I'm more of old fashioned, on the rocks.
- En Passant (Credit to Cubemaster) - En Passant (in passing, run past, or by the way) is a movement in which a pawn can capture a pawn abreast itself that made a opening two step movement. This is the case when a pawn at D7 moves to D5, an enemy pawn on E5 can capture by moving to D6.
- Pawn Promotion - Pawn promotion allows a pawn to technically skip squares once promoted to a rook, knight, bishop, or queen. This is more of lateral thinking.
- Opening Movements - There is a special movement for pawns where they can move two squares instead of one, so long as it is their first movement.