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You can drive me, play me or take me
But don't contemporaneously
Laterally, I am B through Z

Whatever the case, please take your seat
And have a listen, or fall asleep
But above all, identify me.



Hint

By now, you must have seen
Begotten by pen or machine
Several things share my name
Stop calling me a bus

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  • $\begingroup$ When your answer is so bad that OP has to change the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – gannolloy May 20 '16 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't change it per se, just added a hint ;) $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ I lost it at "Stop calling me a bus" $\endgroup$ – Devsman May 20 '16 at 17:35
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You can drive me, play me or take me

You can drive a Hyundai Sonata, play a sonata (maybe Mozart), or take the drug zaleplon, known commercially as Sonata

But don't contemporaneously

Yeah, playing a sonata and driving at the same time is dicey enough, but definitely don't do that under the effects of a sleeping pill.

Laterally, I am B through Z

It's Sooooo not A

Whatever the case, please take your seat
And have a listen, or fall asleep

Sit in the car, listen to a sonata, or fall asleep from the effects of the pill

But above all, identify me.

You a sonata dogg

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    $\begingroup$ don't forget! most importantly, it's not a bus, haha $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:42
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I think the answer is

NOTA

You can drive me, play me or take me
But don't contemporaneously

Nota, the car company. Nota, a song. Nota, a ballot choice

Laterally, I am B through Z

B to Z = Not A

Whatever the case, please take your seat

The car company reference.

And have a listen, or fall asleep

The song reference.

But above all, identify me.

Above all refer to None Of The Above

By now, you must have seen
Begotten by pen or machine
Several things share my name

Last line suggests that None Of The Above shares my name.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the closest answer yet. I wouldn't want to fall asleep on account of a song, though $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt Here $\endgroup$ – manshu May 20 '16 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, no way you .. won't ... zzzzzzzzz $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:25
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I am:

Not a bus

Reasoning:

The hint says: "Stop calling me a bus"

"Laterally, I am B through Z"

Sounds like "I am not a bus". The "s" is soft.

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    $\begingroup$ well ... uhh ... but ... ah, just take your upvote. $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ I'll call that a win. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 May 20 '16 at 14:47
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I think the answer is:

train. You can drive a train, play with model trains and take a train. Wouldn't do those at the same time, as it's not safe. Not sure about the B through to Z, but it rhymes with name in the hint. People go Train spotting to identify the trains, you can listen to the announcers and take a seat/nap on them :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, this isn't the answer I'm looking for. Welcome to Puzzling! $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! Oh well :) Yeah the B - Z makes no sense for this answer haha $\endgroup$ – Olly May 20 '16 at 14:29
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You are

A bus

You can drive me, play me or take me But don't contemporaneously

Drive a bus, take the bus, or play ride the bus (Drinking Game), but don't do them at them same time because you can't ride and drive at the same time, and also you can't drink and drive

Laterally, I am B through Z

Not sure, Possibly 25 rows on an average bus

Whatever the case, please take your seat And have a listen, or fall asleep

Stay seated and listen to music or take a nap

But above all, identify me.

You're a bus

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, not the answer. "You're a bus" made me chuckle, though. $\endgroup$ – Matt May 19 '16 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ Sit down and shut up just sounds like something every bus driver has said at one point in their careers $\endgroup$ – gannolloy May 19 '16 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Probably, but as a bus commuter, I've never heard it. No one says anything, ever. Silence. $\endgroup$ – Matt May 19 '16 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ I would contest that driving the bus, is, in fact riding the bus, unless you're doing it remotely. Also, you can drink and drive, though you shouldn't. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 19 '16 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ well to be fair it doesn't say you cant contemporaneously, it says don't contemporaneously. And I respectfully disagree with your ride/drive perspective $\endgroup$ – gannolloy May 19 '16 at 16:09
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A USB Flash Drive.

You can drive me, play me or take me

But don't contemporaneously

One access its content as a drive or via the auto-play dialog. Otherwise, one would be carrying it in his pockets. But you can't do all simultaneously.

Laterally, I am B through Z

Usually, a USB drive is labeled B to Z (A being reserved to floppy disk drives)

Whatever the case, please take your seat

And have a listen, or fall asleep

Whatever you choose to do, you'll be using me.

But above all, identify me.

Make sure the USB drive is recognized by the computer.

By now, you must have seen

Begotten by pen or machine

Referring to newer technologies that has taken its place. Like a USB pen with storage.

Several things share my name

Stop calling me a bus

USB can mean a flash drive or the port. "bus" refers to USB being an abbreviated form of Universal Serial Bus

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, but no. The bus hint just refers to the first answer, which was a bus $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:36
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I think the answer is:

A note

Reasoning:
You can drive me, play me or take me

You can drive a note (sing) or more fitting is the Nissan Versa Note, play a note (music), take a note (take notes like in class)

But don't contemporaneously

These things probably won't happen at the same time

Laterally, I am B through Z

No idea on this one

Whatever the case, please take your seat

You should probably sit to take notes, or play music

And have a listen, or fall asleep

You can listen to music or fall asleep, same with lectures where you could take notes

But above all, identify me.

Identifying musical notes is important for musicians

Hint:

By now, you must have seen
Begotten by pen or machine
-Notes can be taken on laptops or by hand
Several things share my name
-Musical note, notes written, to note something (similar to written)
Stop calling me a bus
-Answer is not a bus

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  • $\begingroup$ If you picked the kind of note you can actually drive, you would be a lot closer. Still, not the intended answer, though $\endgroup$ – Matt May 20 '16 at 14:14

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