# A ******* Riddle

Here’s a quickie. Won’t take that long to solve. The title holds a clue. Make sure to explain it in your answer. Good luck!

The first that starts but the last that ends,
Plus a synonym for making amends,
Of just above, keep only the first three plus two,
Then that mixed up is a word for you.

Hint:

The exact number of asterisks in the title doesn't matter. What they're doing does.

• Is this a hint for “A Research Paper”? Oct 20, 2018 at 8:16
• @OmegaKrypton nope- that puzzle is entirely solvable on its own. Oct 20, 2018 at 11:23

To resurrect this 11-month-old 'quickie' (!), perhaps this is:

A censor's riddle

The first that starts but the last that ends,

The first letter of 'starts' is 'S'; the last letter of 'ends' is also 'S'.

Plus a synonym for making amends,

A synonym for 'making amends' is 'reconciling'.

Of just above, keep only the first three plus two,

The first five ('three plus two') letters of 'reconciling' (the word clued 'just above' this line) are 'RECON'.

Then that mixed up is a word for you.

A suitable anagram of SSRECON (a combination of all letters from earlier clues) could therefore be CENSORS or CENSOR'S. This fits with the asterisk-laden title since the use of asterisks in this way is a common printer's technique for demonstrating that sensitive information or profanity has been redacted or 'censored'.

• Brilliant to see these veteran questions being resolved, a fifth necromancer badge well deserved! (Plus the other ones which haven't got to 5 points yet.)
– Tom
Sep 15, 2019 at 6:57

Is it..

REMAKER ?

First that starts but last that ends

synonym for making amends

make reparations

of just above, keep only first three plus two

MAKe REparations --> makre

Then that mixed up is a word for you

makre --> maker

First that starts but last that ends

RE-mak-ER

title

seven asterisks, seven letters in 'remaker'

The word is:

Eraser

The first that starts but the last that ends,

Er is at the beginning and end of the word

Plus a synonym for making amends,

Used to fix (amend) errors/mistakes

Of just above, keep only the first three plus two,

Eraser

Then that mixed up is a word for you.

Title:

First I thought censorship, but I guess it's removing the word in the title, thus erasing it.

• (rot13) qbag nyjnlf vtaber svefg vzcerffvbaf Oct 18, 2018 at 19:10

Just trying something:

The first that starts but the last that ends --- you start and end with an apolgy? --- or a logging would be more usefull for the answer

next:

Plus a synonym for "making amends", --- apology

so from here on i looked at your hint:

of just above, keep only the first (three plus two) --- apolo Then that mixed up is a word for you. --- apologs --- which would fit the 7*

used wiki:

An apologue or apolog (from the Greek ἀπόλογος, a "statement" or "account") is a brief fable or allegorical story with pointed or exaggerated details,

Just trying something:

The first that starts but the last that ends:

The letter 's' is the first one in the word "starts" but the last one in the word "ends".

Plus a synonym for making amends,

Not quite a synonym, but you definitely should make amends to someone you have been gutting.

Of just above, keep only the first three plus two,

If I keep only the first three plus two letters of "just above", I get j,u,s,a,b.

Then that mixed up is a word for you.

what we have is s, g, u, t, t, i, n, g, j, u, s, a, b

That's enough to make

a subjugating riddle

Even if

Extra 's' and 't' remain