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My first is in Family and also in Hill

My second in Circle and also in Flood

My third is in Forest and also in Clock

My fourth stands alone in my frozen wastes.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there a specific name for a puzzle phrased in this way? I feel like there probably is but I don't know what it is. $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Jun 7 at 4:35
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    $\begingroup$ This is similar(ish) to the so-called "Riley Riddle" format, which basically clues a single word by cluing different words whose combination (excluding overlaps) is the solution word. These are usually tagged riddle, word, and wordplay - I've added the latter two for you. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 7 at 21:14
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My first is in Family and also in Hill

ant - sounds like aunt as in family & anthill.

My second in Circle and also in Flood

arc - part of the circumference & Noah's ark.

My third is in Forest and also in Clock

tic - tick (beetle) common in woods & a clock's tic.

My fourth stands alone in my frozen wastes.

a - one singular item.

These together make

Antarctica - a frozen expanse.


First Try: Selecting letters for No. 1, No. 2, etc.

My first is in Family and also in Hill - choosing i
My second in Circle and also in Flood - l
My third is in Forest and also in Clock - o
My fourth stands alone in my frozen wastes. - choosing o

I'm not sure if this holds water but is it an

iLoo - a cancelled Microsoft project to develop a Wi-Fi Internet-enabled portable toilet.

Title: Frozen Wastes

Frozen - this project was put on hold/cut short & Wastes - the iLoo's output.

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    $\begingroup$ Let me just say that if I had known that was a real thing, I would still have not made a question about it $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Jun 7 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ For #1 (first part), think of the homophone for the word you describe. $\endgroup$ – APrough Jun 7 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps the correct answer is just one letter longer with the additional letter coming from clue 4. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jun 7 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ The surprising part about the subject of the first guess is that it was being developed my Microsoft. I though Apple had a stranglehold on products using that particular naming convention... $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Jun 7 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you @hexomino for this singular, first class, final completion.(The autocomplete changed your handle to becoming!) $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 7 at 15:52

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