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rid·dle 1

tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel.

[Middle English ridelen, to sift, from riddil, sieve, from Old English hriddel; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

rid·dle 2

1. A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
2. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
To solve or explain.
1. To propound or solve riddles.
2. To speak in riddles.

[Middle English redels, from Old English rǣdels; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.
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Whatever the case, Cory Michael Smith, who plays Edward Nygma for the show, said that his character will finally go "full-on Riddler" next season.
In another room, Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox are at the mercy of Edward Nygma, who pelts them with riddles they must solve to survive.
They include a teenage Selina Kyle/Catwoman; pending Penguin Oswald Cobblepot and the future Riddler, Edward Nygma.
While navigating the shady world of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon crosses paths with gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), mob kingpin Carmine Falcone (John Dorman), and many of the characters who will become iconic villains - including a teenage Selina Kyle/ Catwoman (Camren Bicondova); pending Penguin Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), and the future Riddler, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith).
Catwoman is young thief Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), (CAMREN Bicondova), K The Riddler is coroner Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) and Poison Ivy is Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley), the daughter of a suspect in the murder of the Waynes.
com, Smith will play a guest role in the series' pilot, as the forensic scientist Edward Nygma, who later on becomes the super villain.