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(Resurrecting my series from a few years back. The full answer should address all five lines.)

To the North, you might measure spots by the ounce

To the East, you might have to know what a glyphis

To the South, you might soon encounter the fastest on land

To the West, you might encounter wings around water

I'm something like a flower stuck over your ear.

Where and what am I?

A full answer would contain references to five distinct geographical places.

Hint #1:

I wonder what species was Puhania Ahirs's favorite?

Hint #2:

While searching, you might find a better soup and sandwich at the more recent spot.

Hint #3:

When heading North, a good engine may help you dodge any challengers.

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a missing space at the end of the East line? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ It's a good question, but I'll let the riddle tag speak for itself $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore Worth noting that another user edited the question to add the space and it has since been rolled back to remove it again. Read into that what you will...! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ @stiv - that sequence of edits was going to be my first clue to add, if needed :) $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 23:42

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NOTE: I did not find out what you are, but I have found the 5 geographic places, which technically satisfies your requirements.

This is about

Conservation efforts/ endangered species in India

To the North:

Snow leopards (also called ounces and a spotted animals) can be found in the Himalayas, including in Hemis National Park. The Chrysler Hemi engine is used in the Dodge Challenger and other cars.

To the East:

The Ganges Shark (Glyphis gangeticus) is a protected species which can be found in the Ganges River, the largest river in India.

To the South:

There are efforts to reintroduce cheetahs to Madhya Pradesh, specifically to Kuno National Park. The Cheetah is the fastest land animal and the reintroduction hasn't happened yet (hence the "soon")

To the West:

I read the hint wrong (it's Ahirs), so this took me a while. According to Wikipedia, Puhania Ahirs is one of the founders of Bhindawas in the state of Haryana, where the Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary is located. The Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary based around a lake, so there are wings around water.

You are:

From New Delhi, which lies smack in the middle of all of these locations. A Deli is also a shop where you can buy upscale sandwiches and soups. And a more recent spot is "new". As for what you are, maybe the Lotus Temple, although that is in another part of Delhi.

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    $\begingroup$ While the locations in the four directions match your overall theme, that happens to be coincidental. For N: if you say the specific name of what you reference, I can confirm if it is the one to focus on (maybe there is only one, I'm not sure). For E: You basically have the answer, just a note of the general "place" works. For S: You are correct, but there is a specific location. For W: Right idea, but that is not the one being referenced. Once those four are found more specifically, the geographical sleuthing should hopefully lead to the central location/place. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also, this is great work - I wasn't sure the word play and clues would get someone dialed in to the general area that quickly. Now it's just about getting a little more specific. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ I edited in more specific locations, although that hasn't yet helped me find the answer. $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ S & E are correct. N is very close (both logically and geographically) but not quite there, and W is the right idea, but not the correct place. The fact that two are r13(angvbany cnexf) doesn't mean the others are. Especially the center location. I'm happy to add some wordplay clues to the puzzle, if requested. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ All 5 locations correct. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 17, 2022 at 16:13
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UPDATED 20220310

Is this to do with the official State Animals of India

North

Is Himachal Pradesh/Ladakh: a snow leopard (known as an ounce)

East

Is a state with a river shark (genus glyphis)

South

Is a cheetah (fastest land animal) or perhaps the Indian gray mongoose of Chandigarh

West

Is Chhattisgarh: a wild water buffalo (as in buffalo wings) or perhaps the butterfly fish of Lakshadweep

You are a

Melia moth (which is the name of the flower worn in Hawai’i)

However there are still things that don't fit here.

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  • $\begingroup$ You are getting close. There is a specific place associated with each of the clues. You are very much on the right track with North, East, and South. West needs some work. If you find the places each is associated with, it should help direct you to the overall place/answer as well. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ Also, please note the edit that a full answer is 5 distinct places $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 0:27
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    $\begingroup$ Can you please explain why your proposed answers fit the riddle? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 1:12
  • $\begingroup$ The locations in the four directions do happen to coincide with your N/E/S answers. But they refer to specific locations. It's more about the locations and using them to find what is at their center than it is about an overall theme. But you are definitely on the right track with the word play. $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 17:31
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To the North, you might measure spots by the ounce

Hemis National Park, the only place which matches both snow leopards and the motor in the hint

To the East, you might have to know what a glyphis

There is no wildlife sanctuary for ganges sharks so it must be the Ganges River itself

To the South, you might soon encounter the fastest on land

Kuno National Park, which is the one targeted by environment politics lately regarding cheetas

To the West, you might encounter wings around water

Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary, which of all bird sanctuaries is closest to the Puhania reference

I'm something like a flower stuck over your ear.

You are th Bahá'í Temple of Dehli. The temple is shaped like a lotus flower; It is near New Dehli which is also how people call a delicatessen, a place where you buy soup and sandwhich - some people call it a "deli"; And I think you mean the name of the faith sounds like Hawaii, which is the place where people put flowers in their ears for cultural reasons?

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  • $\begingroup$ These are all correct, nicely done. Though @xyldke has already received the checkmark. The reference of the fifth spot was a pun about: ybghf grzcyr -> sybjre bire rne (arkg gb grzcyr ba gur urnq) $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 16:04
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    $\begingroup$ It took me some hours to figure out everything. I started at India, then I went to United States and then went back. I figured someone would find everything first anyway $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 14:24

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