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My faces are different, yet equally plain,

they change their expressions to mess with your brain.

I appear quite distorted, I'm twisted, you see,

when I gain my composure I fill you with glee.

Sensitive to your touches, I change on a whim,

most who come to defeat me don't expect to win.

Many try, many fail, many almost succeed,

but inevitably they're frustrated and leave.

It's a lonely existence, and here's the sad truth,

once you learn how to calm me, I've outlived my use.

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The answer is:

a Rubik's cube.

My faces are different, yet equally plain

Rubik's cube of normal variant has 6 faces, all are initially different but similarly coloured.

they change their expressions to mess with your brain.

The faces can been shuffled to puzzle us.

I appear quite distorted, I'm twisted, you see,

It's literally twisted to scramble.

when I gain my composure I fill you with glee.

The pleasure of solving rubik's cube.

Sensitive to your touches, I change on a whim,

Its configuration can be changed by touching and twisting.

most who come to defeat me don't expect to win./Many try, many fail, many almost succeed,/but inevitably they're frustrated and leave.

It's well known as a difficult puzzle.

It's a lonely existence, and here's the sad truth,/once you learn how to calm me, I've outlived my use.

Once solved and mastered, it's usually of no use.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hah, good job. I agree my claim it's outlived its use once you solve it was a bit extreme. $\endgroup$ – Callum Bradbury Apr 24 '17 at 11:21
  • $\begingroup$ Cheers for the feedback, I'm a bit new to this whole riddling thing so appreciate it $\endgroup$ – Callum Bradbury Apr 24 '17 at 12:10
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Are you a

Riddle?

My faces are different, yet equally plain,

Each line is different, yet they're all confusing.

they change their expressions to mess with your brain.

You can interpret them in different ways.

I appear quite distorted, I'm twisted, you see,

It's confusing.

when I gain my composure I fill you with glee.

When you finally puzzle it out (untangle it), you feel a sense of euphoria.

Sensitive to your touches, I change on a whim,

You change the interpretation based on your current guess.

most who come to defeat me don't expect to win.

They don't think they're good! :P

Many try, many fail, many almost succeed,

Who knows - I could've failed here!

but inevitably they're frustrated and leave.

They give up and abandon the puzzle

It's a lonely existence, and here's the sad truth,
once you learn how to calm me, I've outlived my use.

Once you figure out the answer, it's not fun anymore.

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