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A blinding light, a deafening blast

While mocking your social taboos

Arrived, in all directions we're cast

This battle we'll surely not lose

We crawl with bellies hugging the ground

And cling for our lives at our post

We fly through sky, bring barricades down

Revealing a terrified host

The victims flee or perish if stalled

We pray we leave none in our wake

A jumper finds us, goes for a fall

Survival itself is at stake

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Hmm.

The day this was posted makes me REALLY want to say New Year's Eve fireworks or rockets, but I can't quite see how all the clues fit.

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As a matter of fact, I decided to hold onto this riddle for a little bit and post it now because that was one of the first things I thought of on a re-read looking for alternate answers. The clues that make it seem to not quite fit are probably the ones I added to keep fireworks from being an answer.

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Hmm... another guess.

Sparks of electricity/lightning?:

A blinding light, a deafening blast (A pop of static electricity, or the shorting-out of a piece of machinery)

While mocking your social taboos (?)

Arrived, in all directions we're cast (Sparks fly)

This battle we'll surely not lose

We crawl with bellies hugging the ground (Electrical sparks literally go to "ground")

And cling for our lives at our post (They follow lightning rods)

We fly through sky, bring barricades down (And can strike like lightning)

Revealing a terrified host ("Host" is a tricky word here - it seems to imply many people.)

The victims flee or perish if stalled (Unclear - people in a lightning storm?)

We pray we leave none in our wake

A jumper finds us, goes for a fall (A literal electrical jumper)

Survival itself is at stake

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:lol: would it be funny if I thought that it was...

a snake?

The first 4 lines made me think of HP...:P:D

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Hmmm, this is an interesting one

I'm thinking of either termites or a bug spray

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Not sparks or lightning, it leaves some clues unanswered as you've noted.

Neither snakes nor termites. Unless they create a blinding light and deafening blast because they are exploding snakes and termites.

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Not sparks or lightning, it leaves some clues unanswered as you've noted.

Neither snakes nor termites. Unless they create a blinding light and deafening blast because they are exploding snakes and termites.

If you have a termite problem you don't know about, they could definitely create a deafening blast as your foundation crumbles.

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maybe, but not certain

cameramen? paparrazzi and nature photographers fit most of the lines. the barricade could be the shutter and the jumping could be skydivers using the gopro cameras on their helmets

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Not a shutterbug. I suppose that you could somehow force a cameraman into some sort of situation to fit any of those clues. But I feel the answer I have in mind would be more satisfying and give the reader a sense of why those particular clues were appropriate.

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Maybe viruses from a sneeze (jumper and blinding light (sun?) elude me)

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It kind of makes me think of Capture the Flag (Capture the Flag at camp was rather. . . interesting) but I can't get that to fit everything. The first line or two make me think of a starting pistol. The other lines make me think of various games like Checkers and Chess but I'm not sure what kind of game would use a starting pistol. Maybe some sort of sport.

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it doesn't fit all of the clues but...

I was thinking smoke pellets or gunpowder?

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Sounds like infants being born and raised

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A burning building or a bulldozer.

But the more I think of the burning building, the more I like that answer... it just might be too close to an actual grenade...

Edited by Molly Mae
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Sounds like infants being born and raised

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I thought this too, but it clearly doesn't fit all the lines. at least imo

so another guess along these lines would be:

sperm? all the lines make sense except the first one...

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Hey plasmid, how are you doing?

First line made me think of "lamping".

For the recipient of the blast......

cockroach?

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Mosquitos (zapped in bug light)

Cicadas

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A burning building or a bulldozer.

But the more I think of the burning building, the more I like that answer... it just might be too close to an actual grenade...

Molly's has been the closest guess yet. I'll just say that it might help to think of this riddle as describing at times parts of a larger whole.

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anti-aircraft gun or maybe arc welding

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then how about firemen, police or an evac team?

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then how about firemen, police or an evac team?

I think you've got it :thumbsup: a

fire brigade

makes the most sense to me.

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Concur . . . well done Itachi-san

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Once again, I find myself about third in line in confirming that one of my riddles has been solved.

The middle stanza I thought might have been the toughest

a fire hose hooked up to a hydrant, and a firefighter's axe

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That one was tough. Nice solve, Itachi-san.

What threw me was that the first verse was so literally true. I'm so used to riddles where non-human objects are anthropomorphized that actual humans in a riddle can throw me off!

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