The question is as stated in the title.
In the sentence:
My suffix is one, so right in between, one can be seen
Can the first "one" refer back to the word "suffix", meaning that the suffix (of the word that is being described by these sentences) is literally a suffix? and can the second "one" refer back to the same word "suffix"? So that it means another suffix can be seen (within the word that is being described by these sentences)? Although this is obviously a bit vague (it was part of a riddle). Is this proper English? Or does it not make sense? If not, why not? And how should it be said instead?
I think the construct is valid as it is just like:
I want to give you a cup of coffee but I don't have one
Where "one" refers back to the cup of coffee.
Some context, I wrote a riddle on the puzzling stack exchange site, and it had the following sentences is in it (it's the italicized sentences I'm asking about).
My start suggests I’m made of dough
My suffix is one, so
Right in between, one can be seen
And I have caused a flow
The answer to this riddle is "Riley", which within the context of which the riddle was posted, was not very hard to guess. It was in fact guessed correctly within minutes, so that wasn't the problem. The issue is with the second and third line, no-one seemed to understand the clues.
Now as an additional note, it should be made clear beforehand that I understand "ey" is not a suffix as such in the name "Riley". Yet, at the moment, anything seems to go for suffix/infix/prefix at puzzling stack exchange. So although it is true that some definitions are bastardized, I don't think that's the actual issue here.
I will explain the hints for the purpose of this question. The suffix of "Riley", when bending the definition of suffix to mean "the ending of a word", is defined as being a suffix in the dictionary, that is what the first italicized sentence is meant to convey (in a riddle type of way). Then the second italicized sentence is meant to convey that in between the "R" and the "y", another thing, which is defined as a suffix in the dictionary, can be seen. Namely the suffix "ile".
Now, obviously since this was a riddle, I wasn't really trying to clearly spell out what I meant, since being a bit vague is the point of a riddle, but I seem to have taken things a little too far here and produced something which isn't valid English, which of course isn't really my intention.
Not a native English speaker myself, I'd like to learn if the word "one" in the first sentence can actually be validly interpreted as "referring to another word in the sentence" which is the word "suffix" in this case. As in that the suffix (as in the the ending of the word that was meant to be guessed) is an actual "suffix" (which was "ey" in this case, which is defined as being a suffix in the dictionary). And secondly I'd like to know if it can somehow make sense that the word "one" in the next sentence also refers back to that same word "suffix". So that it means "a suffix can be seen right in between".
A similar construct is a valid construct in my native language (which is why I'm asking this, I would use this construct outside of a riddle as well, unless I know better, I'll provide some examples lower down), but obviously that doesn't necessarily mean it can also be done in English. If not, what would be a valid English way to convey this? And can someone explain what is officially grammatically incorrect about the sentences or the way they are constructed?
And yes I know that the way English is used in the riddle can be described as being vague and misleading (it was a riddle after all), which is why my question is specifically asking about the grammar side of things, and if this construct can somehow be technically correct. Or how else it could be constructed (preferably in a "riddle type of way") to mean what I'm trying to convey.
Other sample sentences which (I think) might make sense using the same construct:
The policeman is a bully, he really is one.
Are you a cool guy? Yes I am one!
In the first sentence one is meant to refer back to bully. And in the second 2 sentences one is meant to refer back to cool guy.
P.S for anyone who has actually managed to read this far here's a little fun fact, I was actually (through my riddle) trying to educate people over at puzzling stack exchange, by pointing them towards actual suffixes in dictionaries, trying to hint that the things that go for prefixes/suffixes over there aren't really what they make them out to be. It appears to have been a miserably failed attempt though :)