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I'm not a mortar shell


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#1 plasmid

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:48 AM

Assailants in duos ensnare me with pleasure
And belt out their joyous refrain
If held by just one, it's so drastic a measure
On self's then inflicted the pain

I keep not to lines when I'm sent into action
In circles and arcs are my dives
Behold my approach? Then with lightning reaction
Ignite antigravity drives

Evade me perhaps, but I'll win through attrition
Unless you're unusually skilled
Then two of my kind might set out on a mission
So then you're more easily killed

My power... no longer suffices?
Replaced by these novel devices
My numbers have waned
As they took the rein
For sure at some much higher prices
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:27 PM

Spoiler for just guessing here

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:47 PM

Spoiler for Probably not, but

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:31 AM

Not an F-117. Since it's a single seat figher, the first stanza talking about the differences between having two people control it versus just one wouldn't seem to have a great explanation. (Not that I would recommend googling for two seater fighters as it would be a waste of time if done simply for the purpose of this riddle.)

And also not a rocket. Not because it's contradicted by the body of the riddle, but because of my riddling structure. My riddles are always titled "I'm not a [decoy answer]", and although they're written to seem at first blush like they're describing the decoy answer, they're actually describing something that is most definitely very different. And I would not consider a rocket to be sufficiently different from a mortar shell to make for a good riddle.
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 05:26 PM

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:41 AM

I'm not sure whether or not eagles characteristically avoid flying in straight lines. More typical for that sort of behavior would be the circling of a buzzard. And turning on one's antigravity devices might be an appropriate response to an eagle attack under some circumstances, but would not be so natural of a response that it should be a clue in a riddle about an eagle. (Of course any response to a buzzard attack would be moot because the prey is typically already dead.)
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 05:04 AM

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Edited by EDM, 03 July 2011 - 05:05 AM.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:12 AM

Spoiler for Answer?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 06:08 AM

Neither a mouse nor a boomerang, as there are some clues in the third verse that they don't seem to adequately explain. Winning through attrition is one such clue. The fact that "I" will sometimes act in pairs if one isn't enough is also a characteristic that might seem like it could apply to all sorts of different things, but will clearly make sense as particularly fitting for the subject of the riddle once it's revealed. At least more so than a mouse or boomerang, which aren't particularly known for acting in pairs.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:18 PM

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