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I might be a city in one of the 'stans.
I might be a river or more in Australia.
I might have once bifurcated cleanly.
I might have colleges named after me.
I might be said to be covered in blood.
What can I be to gather such renown?

The answer is a single word.

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  • $\begingroup$ You've told us the answer! It's "a single word" which, when used in a sentence, could mean any of those things! I'd answer with this but it isn't tagged lateral thinking lol. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 30 '14 at 2:41
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    $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak that's an issue we're still looking into. being crafted such that there is only one answer which satisfies all clues is where we're upto. If you look at the top 2 answers of your posted meta link (the 2nd being my own) you'll see that it's not cut and dry but this author has a history of high quality posts. "are you clever enough?" is sort of a meme around here... it's only teasing, not condescending $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 30 '14 at 6:05
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    $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak also just plopping down a meta post without any explanation is not good form, sir $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 30 '14 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak triviality is in the eye of the beholder. there was only one answer posted... it wasn't yours or mine, it can't be all that trivial $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 30 '14 at 6:09
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    $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak I think using "condescending titles" is great! If my riddles are too difficult you can avoid my riddles easily by looking at the title. I won't hate you for that :) At the same time people who are clever enough can find me in no time. $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Nov 30 '14 at 10:35
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The answer is:

MARY

I might be a city in one of the 'stans.

Mary is the capital city of Mary Province in Turkmenistan

I might be a river or more in Australia.

The Mary River is a large river system in South East Queensland, Australia. [OP note: there are three Mary Rivers in different parts of Australia - reference.)

I might have once bifurcated cleanly

This is referring to the Virgin Mary, who gave birth after an 'immaculate conception'.

I might have colleges named after me.

There are many colleges and universities named after Mary (Ex: St.Mary's College)

I might be said to be covered in blood.

Reference to Bloody Mary

What can I be to gather such renown?

Because she is the mother of 'Jesus Christ'.

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  • $\begingroup$ You don't explain why this answer matches "bifurcated cleanly"... $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 30 '14 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ "clean bifurcation" does probably refer to virgin birth. I think this is the right answer $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 30 '14 at 5:58
  • $\begingroup$ Or it may be referring to the bifurcation between Mary Magdalene and Virgin Mary. Not sure. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Nov 30 '14 at 6:01
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    $\begingroup$ Well done! 'Clean bifurcation' was meant to refer to virgin birth (and 'a river or more' means there are actually 3 Mary Rivers in Australia), but your answer already matches everything. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ AeJey, I edited your answer slightly. Hope you don't mind! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 14:10

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