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A mute cry for aid
Hold me right and I will send the British
Hold me wrong and I will summon the devil
What am I?

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My Answer:

The Number '999'

Reasoning:

- Britain's emergency services number is 999.
- The Devil is related to the number 666 in western culture, which upside-down is 999.
- 'Hold me' might references a 'dumb-phone', which when held upside down will flip the 9's, and although a call to '666' won't be summoning the devil it won't be summoning the British either.
- This bares a striking resemblance to War Time Propaganda as someone has pointed out.

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  • $\begingroup$ If your explanation is right, your answer is wrong :P $\endgroup$ – Alessandro Apr 8 '16 at 12:39
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    $\begingroup$ Yep, nicely done! $\endgroup$ – tetris11 Apr 8 '16 at 13:13
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    $\begingroup$ @tetris11 Ty, good puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Daedric Apr 8 '16 at 13:18
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    $\begingroup$ That's not the number I'm familiar with. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Apr 8 '16 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ @feelinferrety that number is stuck in my head now $\endgroup$ – tetris11 Apr 9 '16 at 19:57
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Possible topic of answer:

I think this could be related to WW1 or WW2. British is Great Britain, but "devil" could be Germany(German Empire) or Russia(USSR). But still have no idea what mute cry could be.

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  • $\begingroup$ I suppose 'mute' was a bit unhelpful, maybe 'electric' would have been better $\endgroup$ – tetris11 Apr 8 '16 at 13:14

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