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Soil I need and water for drinking,

48 chromosomes but none for thinking,

Covered in eyes but never blinking.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ This was inspired by the classic riddle "Alive without breath/ As cold as death/ Never thirsty, Ever drinking/ Clad in mail, Never clinking" The last line 'Covered in eyes but never blinking" popped into my head and inspired the rest of it. $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 12 '16 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ What's the answer to that riddle? $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jul 14 '18 at 11:25
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You are

A potato

Soil I need and water for drinking,

Potatoes come from soil and need water as they are plants

48 chromosomes but none for thinking,

Potatoes have 48 chromosomes but don't think as they have no brains

Covered in eyes but never blinking.

Potato eyes are tiny holes from which sprouts grow

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  • $\begingroup$ It's more specific than that ... (Edit: Beastly's original answer was "a plant", but he must have edited just before I submitted this comment.) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 11 '16 at 19:48
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More specific than (the original version of) Beastly's answer, it's

a potato.

Soil I need and water for drinking,

Potato plants need soil and water to survive.

48 chromosomes but none for thinking,

Potatoes have 48 chromosomes, but they don't think because they're plants.

Covered in eyes but never blinking.

Potatoes have eyes, but they don't blink because they're plants.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh I edited to that $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 11 '16 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil Damn your ninja edits! :-P $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 11 '16 at 19:51

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