# Homer's been watching TV

Met up with Homer. He said he had a word in mind, and then told me a riddle.

Rough, I'm a couple sharing a pie

Smooth, I'm a valley guy from the sky.

What's the word?

Clues:

The title is important.

The Homer of question is indeed the original greek Homer.

• The answer must be "simpson"? Aug 7, 2015 at 11:22
– kl78
Aug 7, 2015 at 12:10
• Nice eye there @kl78 Aug 8, 2015 at 13:46
• @randal'thor Added a hint Aug 12, 2015 at 2:56

Homer is an ancient Greek. In ancient Greek,

words that start with a vowel can have "smooth breathing" or "rough breathing". "Rough breathing" indicates an "h" sound. We are looking for two words that are the same except one starts with an "h".

Rough, I'm a couple sharing a pie

If a couple shares a pie, each person gets half.

Smooth, I'm a valley guy from the sky.

This is ALF from the TV show of the same name: an alien who crashes in "The Valley" area of California.

TV (which is right there in the title!)

Rough, I'm a couple sharing a pie

The letter T looks like one half of the Greek letter $\pi$, which could mean a couple sharing a pie.

Smooth, I'm a valley guy from the sky.

A valley when seen from afar would represent the shape of the letter V.

• I had something else in mind! Aug 7, 2015 at 5:47
• I actually really like this, but the answer hinges on the "rough" and "smooth" parts Aug 8, 2015 at 13:47

Could it be:

the number pi? pi is a number that is named after a greek letter. Homer wrote in Greek. There's the expression "pie in the sky" which would fit both clues