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I cut and crush
I can be an eye or a dog
I can be deciduous but never coniferous
I hide myself underneath, but the important part of me peeks out

What am I?

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I think you are a

TOOTH.

I cut and crush

Teeth cut and crush food.

I can be an eye or a dog

Eye tooth and houndstooth.

I can be deciduous but never coniferous

Deciduous teeth = baby/milk teeth.

I hide myself underneath, but the important part of me peeks out

Much of the tooth is buried in the gum, but the part poking out is what actually gets used.


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Good riddle! Each line has a number of potential red herrings, making you think of other things, but taking them all together leads to a unique solution. Line 1 suggests some kind of weapon; line 2 made me think about inanimate objects that have "eyes" (needles, storms, etc.); line 3 is obviously intended to mislead people into thinking about trees; and line 4 got me hung up on icebergs (which actually fit everything except line 2) for a while. I stumbled upon the solution by sheer chance plus Baader–Meinhof effect: earlier today I'd seen someone with a houndstooth jumper and had taken a few minutes to recall the right name of that pattern.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well that was quick! Nice job, and thank you for the feedback $\endgroup$
    – TMK
    Apr 14 at 18:41

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