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A troop of soldiers: in formation bravely they stand
An ominous rumble is heard across the land
Then, boom! A blast, they are struck down - fallen, slain
But rise from the grave to face danger again

Explain what this is describing.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a terrific riddle! $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Feb 10 '16 at 16:43
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Bowling

Explanation:

The soldiers are pins, in a set formation. The ball comes rumbling towards them and then knocks them all down at once (which is known as a strike). But they are then picked up (usually by a machine) and set up to be bowled at again. The title refers to the maximum possible score in a full game.

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