# A riddle of companions

With none, I am short and may be late
With one, I am folk, local to a place
With two, behold me! Never first
With six, and I am made with curd
With seven, I’ll keep you off the ground
With ten, alone with water all around
With eleven, you could say I’m a friendly fish
With thirteen, I refer to me, so selfish
With sixteen, I want you to be vegan please?
With twenty-three, I’m too heavy to fly with ease
With twenty-six, I’m six but also seven
But wait, there’s more than just the above eleven
With certainty I am as yet unknown
With a draft, short, I can help stop you groan
With ratio, I am made by a guy
And with this final line I ask what am I?

There is a clear and unique answer which you will know when you have found it.

• I haven't posted a riddle in a minute, and this one may be quite difficult, hopefully someone will still be able to solve. Should be a tricky one for you guys though :) Apr 12, 2020 at 19:31

I think you may be

Eta

With none, I am short and may be late

Eta is a short Greek letter.
ETA stands for Estimate Time of Arrival

With one, I am folk, local to a place

Aeta = people indigenous to mountainous parts of Luzon.

With two, behold me! Never first

Beta = second letter of the Greek alphabet

With six, and I am made with curd

Feta = a type of cheese.

With seven, I’ll keep you off the ground

Geta = a wooden clog.

With ten, alone with water all around

Jeta = island in the Bissagos Islands

With eleven, you could say I’m a friendly fish

Keta = a type of salmon

With thirteen, I refer to me, so selfish

Meta, this clue is self-referential

With sixteen, I want you to be vegan please?

With twenty-three, I’m too heavy to fly with ease

Weta = a flightless cricket

With twenty-six, I’m six but also seven

Zeta = sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, seven in Greek numerals

But wait, there’s more than just the above eleven
With certainty I am as yet unknown

Eta can be an unknown in maths
Edit: Should be Theta, a sort of contraction of the eta (thanks OP).

With a draft, short, I can help stop you groan

Aceta where AC is short for Air Conditioning,

With ratio, I am made by a guy

Possibly Pieta (by Michaelangelo) where pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

• Correct!! Everything right except for the ‘with certainty’ line. I was going for definite article and theta :) Apr 12, 2020 at 21:14
• Thanks @BeastlyGerbil I've edited for clarification. Apr 12, 2020 at 21:24
• A couple of extra things, the beta line - 'behold me!' was a reference to this site, and Keta can also be known as 'chum salmon' (friendly fish). Well done on solving! Out of interest did you find this hard/easy etc and what gave you the answer? Apr 12, 2020 at 21:56
• @BeastlyGerbil Thanks, will add later. I actually thought this was quite tricky. Most of the words I didn't know (had to look up). It was linking the PETA and feta that gave it to me in the end, just luck with these things sometimes. Apr 12, 2020 at 22:14