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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.

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    $\begingroup$ 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 :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 12 at 19:31
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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?

PETA

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.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct!! Everything right except for the ‘with certainty’ line. I was going for definite article and theta :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 12 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @BeastlyGerbil I've edited for clarification. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Apr 12 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 12 at 21:56
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    $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Apr 12 at 22:14

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