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My prefix, mostly sturdy,
My suffix is a hill,
And my infix is eight.
Who is my whole?

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    $\begingroup$ Blatant ripoff of Ebe Isaac's riddle. Since I couldn't solve that one, I made my own :-P $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ But I like it! Feel honoured to be honest :) $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 12 at 16:36
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    $\begingroup$ It seems obvious what the answer is -- but that prefix is baffling me. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 12 at 16:39
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Answer #2

As this is not too far off from the first, I’m adding it as an edit.

Prefix: Doc the dwarf; dwarves are known to be sturdy. It may also mean [Doc]k as its complete form is sturdy (credits to @anodyne and clarification from @Rand)
Infix: oct for 8
Suffix: tor for high rocky hill
Whole: doctor treats the unfortunate with what he/she has learned.

Answer #1

Are you a

proctor?

My prefix, mostly sturdy,

pro (wrestler?), a person who is sturdy in profession.

My suffix is a hill,

tor -- A high rocky hill

And my infix is eight.

oct stands for 8

Who is my whole?

A proctor is an official appointed for disciplinary enforcement in a University, usually to catch people cheating on exams. Those who are caught are most unfortunate.

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    $\begingroup$ For sure he is. But the prefix is a mystery to me. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 12 at 16:45
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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand your explanation for the prefix any more than I do any of the ones I've been able to come up with. I think you're missing a couple of other subtleties: rot13(V guvax gur "rqhpngvba" va gur gvgyr ersref abg gb zrqvpny qbpgbef ohg gb ubyqref bs qrterrf yvxr CuQ, QFp, WQ; naq "Jub vf zl jubyr?" vf n ersrerapr gb gur GI frevrf Qbpgbe Jub.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 12 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps a rot13(qbp = qbpx)? $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 12 at 17:02
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Qjneirf ner snzbhfyl fgheql, naq Qbp jnf bar bs gur frira qjnesf ...?!) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 12 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ What @anodyne said is the intended thing for the prefix, with "mostly" to indicate it's not exactly the same word. Sorry that this was so tenuous :-/ I thought it would make sense, especially after getting the infix and suffix. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 at 19:06
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If it's not

proctor or doctor

Could it be:

My prefix, mostly sturdy,

a bed is mostly sturdy.

My suffix is a hill,

tor means hill.

And my infix is eight.

oct means eight.

Who is my whole?

bedoctor - meaning: to confer a doctoral degree upon.

Before someone is bedoctored by someone who is already a doctor, they are not fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be called doctor. "I greet the unfortunate, with my education"

(if this is correct, then credits to @Ebe Isaac, @anodyne and clarification from @Rand al'Thor for comments on Ebe's Answer)

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    $\begingroup$ No, it is EbeIsaac's 2nd answer. And I don't think this quite fits the "unfortunate" part. But you can have a +1 anyway for a good try. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 13 at 8:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor I wasn't sure how far I should take the "wordplay" factor. I was stretching it... mostly it was the "Who is my whole?" is what was nagging at me. Also, I was pretty sure it was doctor as well (but you hadn't confirmed yet). Nice work Ebe. :-) $\endgroup$ – Christopher Theodore Mar 13 at 8:57

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