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Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#49904
Fun:*** (2.69)
Difficulty:*** (2.65)
Submitted By:eighsseAus******




This deadly 8-letter word can really "put people in a frenzy," and for very good reason. If you drop letter 1 and order the rest of the letters like so [8745623], then you get exactly what the word can do. So, if you are affected by it, you had better get a good [65478], or you could be taking a very long [321]!


The title intimates that this is something that spreads very quickly... it is extremely widespread, as well.

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Aug 15, 2013

Cide, in latin means to cut or slice, not kill.
Aug 15, 2013

"To cut" and "to kill" are both definitions of "CIDE."
Aug 18, 2013

I liked it
Aug 20, 2013

Mad-Ade, ever heard of "homiCIDE", "pestiCIDE", "suiCIDE"?
Aug 21, 2013

Ya mad Cide does mean kill like homicide, to kill people, pesticide, to kill pests, or fratricide, to kill a brother.
Oct 01, 2013

Had no idea what this was about! Did not like it.
Oct 01, 2013

Loved this one! Took me a while to solve it though. Tried to solve it with "diseases" first. Funnily enough, with "diseases" the first rearranged clue spells "see as is"; decided to take that as a clue for the true answer.
Oct 01, 2013

@RevBug: That's so weird that "diseases" works out to "see as is"! Funny
Oct 01, 2013

Got "nap" easily and then worked from there Took a bit of work to solve, but was easily solvable if you made the effort.
Nice to see a new puzzle.
Oct 01, 2013

Just like Habs, I got nap easily. But unlike Habs, there is where I quit. I guess I was just not in the mood to work on it. Clever one, just not my thing.
Oct 01, 2013

I didn't get the gist of this one - but what I like and admire is the wide range of comments - well, that is, if you consider 4 comments from today a "wide range". We have some smart folks here!! I applaud you!
Oct 01, 2013

Auntie Sis, you sneaked your comment in before I submitted mine - good to see you!!
Oct 01, 2013

Yes, as a suffix "-cide" means "kill." But there is not a verb "cide," and you never hear the turn of phrase, "(Subject) cided (object)." And there is no Latin verb "cido," though there is one, "occido," which means "kill." This puzzle was easily solved from the other clues, but "cide man,", which one quickly enough understands MUST be the answer to the scond clue, is simply wrong.
Oct 01, 2013

I don't know Latin, I was just basing it upon English words and researching it on the internet. You may be correct!
Oct 02, 2013

I got pandemic pretty quickly but thought it was wrong because cideman makes no sense. Cide is a latin root true, but youre not using it like a root here, so I thought I was wrong
Oct 02, 2013

I think in retrospect I agree with you there, the clue "cide man" is pretty awkward. But there's definitely profundity there, just not presented perfectly. I'm not sure exactly how it could be made better.
Oct 02, 2013

I think it would probably be better if it could be worked into a poetic riddle somehow. Because in poetic riddles, clues can be so much more symbolic and imperfect. I'll work on it!
Dec 05, 2013

Oooh I like this one!
Feb 07, 2016

Completely forgot about creating this one, and just re-read it, and even knowing the answer is PANDEMIC, took me a while to figure out what the heck CIDEMAN meant! xD Oh well, it's not bad, I guess.

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