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Reconnaissance

I had some questions about the timing of Reconnaissance.  I think I know the answer to some of these, but I'll ask all of them to be complete.

1) Can I attack with a creature then activate Reconnaissance to untap it and remove it from combat before blockers are declared?

2) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature and remove it from combat in response to an opponent casting something like Second Thoughts on one of my attacking creatures?  Does the spell fizzle since when it resolves the creature isn't attacking anymore?

3) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after an opponent has declared a blocker against my attacking creature, but before any damage would be dealt?

4) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after an opponent has declared a blocker and first strike damage has been dealt, but before regular damage is dealt (assuming the attacking creature is still alive to be targeted by Reconnaissance)?

5) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after first strike and regular damage are dealt?

6) If there is no first strike damage, can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after regular damage is dealt?
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Reconnaissance

I had some questions about the timing of Reconnaissance.  I think I know the answer to some of these, but I'll ask all of them to be complete.

1) Can I attack with a creature then activate Reconnaissance to untap it and remove it from combat before blockers are declared?


Yes


2) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature and remove it from combat in response to an opponent casting something like Second Thoughts on one of my attacking creatures?  Does the spell fizzle since when it resolves the creature isn't attacking anymore?


Yes


3) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after an opponent has declared a blocker against my attacking creature, but before any damage would be dealt?


Yes


4) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after an opponent has declared a blocker and first strike damage has been dealt, but before regular damage is dealt (assuming the attacking creature is still alive to be targeted by Reconnaissance)?


Yes


5) Can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after first strike and regular damage are dealt?


Yes


6) If there is no first strike damage, can I activate Reconnaissance to untap a creature after regular damage is dealt?


Yes

An attacking creature is an attacking creature until the end of the end of combat step, which is after all the other combat steps.   You can activate the ability any time after you declare the creature attacking up until the end of combat.
 
combat damage is not on the stack ?
but first strike damage is dealt before regular damage

and abilities may be activated in between first strike damage and regular damage ?
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combat damage is not on the stack ?


Correct, and has not been for several years now.


but first strike damage is dealt before regular damage

and abilities may be activated in between first strike damage and regular damage ?


Yes.  First Strike damage is dealt in a combat step before regular damage is dealt in the next step.  Before the game can move from one step to the next each player will get priority.
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