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Finally thought of a good Riley riddle.

My prefix is strange when you cut off its tail,
My infix a prefix, just think of Orwell.
My suffix reversed shall affirm and agree,
that when whole, truly epic this journey shall be.

What am I?

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Could you be

ODYSSEY?

My prefix is strange when you cut off its tail,

Ody $\to$ Od $\to$ Odd.

[Confirmed by OP]: I was supposed to remove the last letter in the word odd, namely d, to make od (which is spelt rather strange, or odd). It was the "tail" because it was at the end of the word.

(And I noticed that since Odysseus is a Greek Mythology story, if we correspond the letter d with the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet, we get delta $\delta$ which looks like a tail!)

My infix a prefix, just think of Orwell.

This refers to the English author George Orwell who is best known for writing the book, 1984, of dystopian fiction (where the clock strikes thirteen!).

My suffix reversed shall affirm and agree,

sey $\to$ yes.

that when whole, truly epic this journey shall be. / Riley's Journey

That's what an Odyssey is about (The Odyssey by Homer; Odysseus Greek Mythology; 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick).

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  • $\begingroup$ Your answer is correct. For the infix, think of what type of novel 1984 is. It's the prefix of that word. I'll accept when you get that. $\endgroup$ – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Sep 2 '18 at 2:26
  • $\begingroup$ Oohhh 1984, that explains it :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 2 '18 at 2:28
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    $\begingroup$ You got it!... stupid character minimum $\endgroup$ – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Sep 2 '18 at 2:36
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, I'm glad you liked that line; "sey" was very hard to clue. It apparently is a Scottish word/suffix related to cuts of beef, and any other definition was equally obscure. I was just happy I could make that rhyme. I know the Orwell rhyme was forced, but I had no other clue for "dys" in mind. $\endgroup$ – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Sep 2 '18 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ also thank you for the feedback, and i'm glad you liked it. $\endgroup$ – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Sep 2 '18 at 15:12

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