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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:#49960
Fun:*** (2.26)
Difficulty:*** (2.4)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:ThinksForFun*

 

 

 



I've a head, a heart,
and a final part

Should my head you send
to succeed my end
I could then be used
to make others new
If affixing me's
what you'd like to do

Should you clone my heart
to before my start
Then I'd turn from small
to be not at all

Should my final part
become my new start
Transplanted as such
timewise I'd be much

What am I?


Answer

I am the word "one".


I have "a head" - the letter "o", "a heart" - the letter "n", "and a final part" - the letter "e".

If you rearrange my parts by moving "my head" ("o") after "my end" ("e"), then I'd become the prefix "neo-" which means "new".
Therefore, you could make other words ("others") "new" by prefixing me (I am now "neo-") to them.

If "you clone my heart" ("n") in front of "my start" ("o"), then I'd become the word "none" ("n" + "one").
In this case, I would change from being "small" ("one", a small number) to "not at all" ("none").

If "my final part" ("e") is moved to make it my first letter ("my new start"), then I'd become the word "eon".
An eon is an immeasurably long period of time, and so "transplanted as such" (i.e. "my final part" having been moved in this way), "timewise I'd be much".

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