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A really simple Riley Riddle.

My first is 5th alphabet
My second is 5 letter state
My last will be same even if you rotate
But overall I am not that great

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  • $\begingroup$ Is any of the given answers correct? If not, could you please comment on why not, at least for the voted ones? $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Feb 14 at 15:36
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You are

ego

Because:

  1. E is the 5th letter of the alphabet

  2. The number 5 is a g in the letter state

  3. O is the same no matter how much you rotate it

  4. You're stuck with an inferiority complex

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You are:

AIDS

1:

A is the 5th letter in "alphabet"

2:

Idaho has 5 letters and its abbreviation is ID

3:

S is the same when rotated 180 degrees

4:

AIDS sucks and is definitely not great

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I feel like this is most likely not the answer given it requires some esoteric knowledge and there is no knowledge tag, but it fits all the clues

Are you an

Eido (a genus of moth)

Since -

  1. E is the 5th letter of the alphabet

  2. ID is short for Idaho a 5 letter state

  3. O is the same no matter how much you rotate it

  4. Overall moths are not great (could just be me though)

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, this is not the answer. And, nope, doesn't require any kind of esoteric knowledge. $\endgroup$ – smriti Feb 10 at 9:07
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A wild guess:

Estates

My first is 5th alphabet

E

My second is 5 letter state

state — quite literally

My last will be same even if you rotate

s appears the same even when you rotate it

But overall I am not that great

Maybe the estates you’re referring to are not that great?

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You are a:

Emo

Fifth letter is:

E

Five letter states include:

Maine, Texas, IdahoI assumed you wanted the first letter so Maine made the most sense hence M.

The only letter that can look the same no matter how it is rotated is:

O a circle (not perfect but you get my point)

Finally:

Emos are generally not that great because being an emo is associated with being depressed

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In my opinion (and clearly yours too) this riddle is:

EASY

My first is 5th alphabet

The 5th letter of the alphabet is E.

My second is 5 letter state

ASSAM is a 5-letter state in India. It is often abbreviated to AS.

My last will be same even if you rotate

In certain fonts the letter Y might be drawn as three evenly spaced lines with angles of 120 degrees between each. This gives it order-3 rotational symmetry since there are 3 orientations in which it can be rotated around its central point and still resemble a 'Y'.

But overall I am not that great

Putting these three parts all together ('overall') something which is EASY (E+AS+Y) to achieve isn't really too great an obstacle to overcome.

There is an extra clue in the flavour text too:

You describe it as a 'really simple Riley Riddle', and of course 'easy' and 'simple' are synonyms. The riddle's answer was practically in front of our face ('caught in the riddle' itself, like the title suggests) which should have made it very EASY indeed!

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It could be

a donkey

Because:

a is the 5th letter in alphabet
5 looks a lot like an S
S is the same no matter how you rotate it, as is ss
being a donkey isn't a great thing, they are not well respected animals

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