# English-based riddle for a word

I wrote a riddle for a word about a year ago. I don't know how hard it is, but it becomes pretty obvious after you know the answer. Here it is:

River, Sing, Emit
Rear, Ranging, Mite
An acronym of its measurement
Is the first of synonym
It does not have a synonym
It does not have an antonym
Its anagram appears twice
Its clues are a homonym
When it's over, it is up
It controls us - a reality
We control it - a fantasy, imagination
Three of its letters appear in every line
Its third letter is missed in three
What is the word that has been mentioned?


There is no spelling, grammatical or formatting mistake, any such 'mistake' could be intended.

Time

River, Sing, Emit Rear, Ranging, Mite

Reversing "emit". Re-arranging "mite".

An acronym of its measurement Is the first of synonym

Not sure. Maybe first refers to "one" which is an anagram of "eon".

It has no synonym It has no antonym

Both are true of time.

Its anagram appears twice Its clues are a homonym

I believe this is a clue to interpreting the first two lines.

When it's over, it is up

It's over and time's up mean the same thing.

It controls us - a reality We control it - a fantasy, imagination

We are mortal and our time is coming. Time travel is fantasy.

Three of its letters appear in every line Its third letter is missed in three

T, I and E appear in each line. M is missing from lines 9, 10 and 12.

• That was quick. I'm impressed with this site. Jan 19 '15 at 15:37
• E doesn't appear in It has no synonym and It has no antonym. I, N and T appear in each line, M is missing in three lines (9, 10, 12). Jan 19 '15 at 16:17
• The first of synonym is s = second, a unit of measurement. Jan 19 '15 at 16:50
• @f.rodrigues Oops, I meant to write "It does not have a synonym". Jan 20 '15 at 9:43