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When I am two
There is an
Irrelevant
Announcement
Of surprise, with uff
For I am really six or thirteen.

When the sun rises
Over this eastern shore
Hesitating briefly
Before quickly passing this small place
I watch, that is all
Walking west to where I must stop
And consider what I have crossed.

I and no other
Lost
This letter.
I watch, that is all
Til we are together
Here in our homeland.

Hint:

If you solve one (or part of one), the rest should fall quickly, and will be obviously correct.

Hint 2:

If I told you the number of lines in riddle 4, you could tell me the answers to each line, without seeing them.

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These paragraphs clue:

the three 'adjacent' countries: CANADA, AMERICA and MEXICO.

In each instance the last line is a definition of sorts and the other lines each represent two consecutive characters from the name (either by definition or cryptic clue-style wordplay), which when overlapped together spell out the names we seek.

Riddle 1:

When I am two

CA - the two-letter country code for Canada.

There is an

AN (there is 'an', quite literally...)

Irrelevant

NA (not applicable)

Announcement

AD (advertisement)

Of surprise, with uff

UFF DA

For I am really six or thirteen.

CANADA is a country of six Haudenosaunee nations or, alternatively, thirteen political provinces and territories.

Riddle 2:

When the sun rises

AM (a.m. - the morning, when the sun rises)

Over this eastern shore

ME - the abbreviation for Maine, a state on the eastern shore of the US.

Hesitating briefly

ER...

Before quickly passing this small place

RI - the abbreviation for the smallest US state, Rhode Island.

I watch, that is all

I C ('I see' = I watch)

Walking west to where I must stop

CA - the abbreviation for California, on the west coast of the US.

And consider what I have crossed.

This whole set of clues has described a passage across the United States of AMERICA!

Riddle 3:

I and no other

ME

Lost

EX

This letter.

XI - a letter of the Greek alphabet.

I watch, that is all

I C ('I see' = I watch)

Til we are together

CO - a prefix meaning 'together'

Here in our homeland.

Together this all clues the country of MEXICO, whose national motto is 'La Patria Es Primero', meaning 'The Homeland is First'.

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  • $\begingroup$ And yes, I was finally able to work this one out once I had solved its sister puzzle just now...! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Mar 26, 2022 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ Great write-up! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Mar 26, 2022 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ Btw #1, I am 6 was intended to refer to the letter count $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Apr 3, 2022 at 20:26
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Instead of “six or thirteen” might it be “six and twelve”? If so

Are you Florida, Delaware and Tennessee?

First:

The two letter postal abbreviation for Florida is FL. This makes FLUFF when we add uff and is the sixth and twelfth letters of the alphabet.

Second:

Delaware is a small east coast state. It’s name ends AWARE meaning watchful. The “West” part of its name is DEL which is short for deleted or crossed (or possibly led backwards).

Third:

I+0 is TEN. ONE’S missing 0 is NES. I watch is SEE.

Finally:

We are together here in our homeland: all three are part of the contiguous states of the USA.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is 6 & 13. A correct answer will be obviously correct once you find it. There is quite a bit more to unravel (every single line), but you have one very good idea in your 'finally' notes. Good thoughts! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Mar 21, 2022 at 14:09

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