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My cross shape is odd

For I have no symmetry

My head is like a rod

Under it, a wrecking ball leashed to me

And when I clap, my head does a nod

What am I?

Hint:

Cups

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Is it a

Kendama?

My cross shape is odd, For I have no symmetry

The kendama is shaped like a cross, but the cups of the kendama are different sizes.

My head is like a rod, Under it, a wrecking ball leashed to me

The head is the spike, and the ball is attached to it by a string at the center of the cross.

And when I clap, my head does a nod

...Not sure. When you play with a kendama, it makes a "clapping" sound when the ball goes into one of the cups? And you bob the toy up and down in order to do that?

And the hint

Kendama is a variant of a cup-and-ball game.

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Sounds like

A crane (for construction, not a bird)

My cross shape is odd
For I have no symmetry  

A crane is an asymmetric cross shape

My head is like a rod  
 Under it, a wrecking ball leashed to me

The long section is the active part, with tools (for example, a wrecking ball) attached to it by cables

And when I clap, my head does a nod  

Here's where it falls apart - no idea how this or the hint would link in, I'm afraid

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  • $\begingroup$ but since this is a riddle, when you see "wrecking ball" you shouldnt be thinking about an actual wrecking ball $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ @lois6b It did seem unusually direct $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 9:42
  • $\begingroup$ like this one: puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/40314/humff-what-am-i/… if i see "loud", "beat", etc, i dont think about speakers cause its describing, not riddling $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 9:44
  • $\begingroup$ I thought about the same thing. Didn't post because of the hint "cups". $\endgroup$
    – rmilville
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 11:12
  • $\begingroup$ The last on was too descriptive and I apologize for it, I have tried to mend it with this one. This one is quite metaphorical. Sorry this one is not a crane. $\endgroup$
    – Jason_
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 12:27
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Could it be

A bear trap

My cross shape is odd

when laid flat with chain and trigger outstretched a bear trap can look like a cross shape

For I have no symmetry

the teeth are usually numbered even on one side and odd on the other

My head is like a rod

(I think) The pressure-plate sits upon a short rod that operates a lever

Under it, a wrecking ball leashed to me

Perhaps referring to the chain/tether?

And when I clap, my head does a nod

The preasure pad goes down and the trap 'claps'

the Hint

Is where I run out of ideas and think my explanations may be a bit weak... It also throws a spanner into the works for my pendulum idea... (rod with wrecking ball that nods when it claps (like a metronome?) but those would usually be symmetrical anyway I guess...

Good riddle it seems to me. Didn't understand the down-votes... +1

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