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I can be green but then I can hardly be seen

I can be yellow and people will let me mellow

I make people dance but they won't like the chance

I like to be this way around but when you think not I might as well fly or hover around a pot

what am I?

Hint #1

I might be hiding in front of you right now! (not in all Cases)

Hint #2

If you need to answer just hit me already.

Hint #3

I can be seen 5 times in the riddle, but not in the hints


This is my first puzzle/riddle attempt, so go easy on me. (Other great puzzles on this site inspired me to try rhyming.) Don't think too literally: all the clues don't have to belong together.

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  • $\begingroup$ pixels............ $\endgroup$ – Numberknot Jul 6 '16 at 10:32
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    $\begingroup$ hmmm...I am not seeing it, so may be its green this time. is it by chance some insect? $\endgroup$ – smriti Jul 6 '16 at 10:36
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe a bee or a fly? $\endgroup$ – user58 Jul 6 '16 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ No it's not an insect but Gandalf here is on the right track $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 10:51
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What am I?

The letter 'P'

I can be green but then I can hardly be seen

A pea is relatively small and thus is harder to see. Thanks to @SlashmanX

I can be yellow and people will let me mellow

Referencing pee in the phrase: "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down" Thanks to @David Starkey

I make people dance but they won't like the chance

If someone peed on you, chances are high you will do a little dance to try to avoid getting hit with much of it. Also you most likely don't like it.

or

If you have to pee you will make a funny dance but you rather go before it comes that far since it is quite unpleasant. Thanks to @SlashmanX

I like to be this way around but when you think not I might as well fly or hover around a pot

If you turn 'P' around you get 'b' as in a bee flying/hovering around a honeypot. Thanks to @Tom

Hint #2

If you need to answer just hit me already.

V

I obviously had to hit the letter 'P' on my keyboard ;)

Hint #3

I can be seen 5 times in the riddle, but not in the hints.

V

The letter 'P' is found five times in the riddle but not one time in the hints.

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    $\begingroup$ "green" could be the vegetable (which is small), the "dance" hint could be referring to when people really need to go ? $\endgroup$ – SlashmanX Jul 6 '16 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ For 'I like to be this way around ...' you could turn your answer upside down. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 6 '16 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ This is actually the correct answer. It's all about phonetics. Some of your reasonings are a bit odd (namely the first one) so you might want to work on those :) $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 12:52
  • $\begingroup$ I was too determined to make a funny wrong answer and didn't see the big picture. I will improve the reasoning based on previous comments. $\endgroup$ – vanillagod Jul 6 '16 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ I think the yellow is reference to the the phrase "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down" (i.e. urine) $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Jul 6 '16 at 13:37
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I believe this is:

Fire

I can be green...

Green flame is nearly invisible

I can be yellow...

People use candles which have yellow flames

I make people dance...

If you're on fire, you're supposed to stop, drop, and roll, which could be seen as a dance which people wouldn't like to do

I like to be this way around...

When you have a pot on a gas stove, the flame surrounds the bottom of the pot

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  • $\begingroup$ Very creative, but not the answer that I was looking for. :) $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 10:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Toteemi oh alright, a hint by any chance? $\endgroup$ – Areeb Jul 6 '16 at 10:24
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It's

pee.

Reasoning: I can be green but then I can hardly be seen

Concentrated urine is green, which you hopefully don't see all too often.

I can be yellow and people will let me mellow

As the saying goes, "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down".

I make people dance but they won't like the chance.

People 'dance' when desperate to urinate.

I don't have a reason for the fourth part, but from hint #3:

The letter 'P' appears five times in the riddle but isn't in any of the hints.

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  • $\begingroup$ Partially correct! You're right and your reasoning is good for the most parts. Good job $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ for the green one, think of a homonym and where you might have trouble seeing that $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Jul 6 '16 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ From my comment on another answer to help your reasoning - When you turn the letter "P" upside down, it becomes a "b", as in a bee, which likes to fly and hover around a pot. $\endgroup$ – ruudvan Jul 6 '16 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ and for the "other way around" think of a letter with a similar shape, then your first answer word with that letter swapped in $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Jul 6 '16 at 12:57
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it can be

wasp or bee

I can be green I can be yellow

it can be yellow or green

I make people dance but they won't like the chance

well in this case its a dance to get away from it

I like to be this way around but when you think not I might as well fly or hover around a pot

check out the flower pot in the corner

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  • $\begingroup$ Not an insect. For good effort I added some more hints! $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Toteemi is it close or far from close....btw following your recent hint, I am seeing 5 Is in the riddle.....so is the answer I i.e. toteemi? $\endgroup$ – smriti Jul 6 '16 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ There are I's in the hints also, so no dice. I liked the "bee" part but there's still few logical leaps to make. $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 12:32
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Maybe it's

a leaf.

Reasoning:

I can be green but then I can hardly be seen

leaves are green, and sometimes they can be nearly invisible.

I can be yellow and people will let me mellow

leaves turn yellow in the fall

I make people dance but they won't like the chance

this I'm not sure about. Maybe trying to catch a falling leaf?

I like to be this way around but when you think not I might as well fly or hover around a pot

If you have a potted plant, leaves might fall off.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a leaf. Good reasoning though. You were closer with the "bee or fly" -guess (still not an insect of any sort). $\endgroup$ – Toteemi Jul 6 '16 at 12:22
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It could be:

an integrated circuit chip.

I can be green

ICs are usually green, but people rarely see them.

I can be yellow

Some chips are yellow, like phone SIM cards.

Make people dance

Sounds for dancing are provided by the help of integrated chips.

I like to be this way around

The internet is all over the world.

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Probably false, but it could be

'key'

I can be green but then I can hardly be seen

Green screens are often used for chroma keying, a video-editing technique that makes green objects transparent (hard to be seen).

I make people dance but they won't like the chance

A music key!

I might be hiding in front of you right now! (not in all Cases)

Assuming we're not on mobile, there's a good chance there's a keyboard in front of us. Also 'Cases' could allude to the 'Caps Lock' or 'Shift' key.

If you need to answer just hit me already.

Press the 'enter' key to submit.

No idea for these ones yet:

I can be seen 5 times in the riddle, but not in the hints

I can be yellow and people will let me mellow

I like to be this way around but when you think not I might as well fly or hover around a pot

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  • $\begingroup$ apologies, I've just checked my inbox and shows I dvoted this answer yesterday - it must have been a mistake on my mobile. I can't correct this now (unless it was edited). I owe you rep!!! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 15 '16 at 14:21

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