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My beginning might be porridge,
My ending is all about dividing,
My middle is almost a monkey,
My whole is kind of like a pancake.

What am I?

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Are you

Paper?

My beginning might be porridge

Pap is a kind of porridge

My ending is all about dividing

Per means division

My middle is almost a monkey

An "ape" can refer to many primates, but not monkeys.

My whole is kind of like a pancake

Both are flat

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! To be pedantic though, the "more general" in your 4th spoilertag is incorrect. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 29 '18 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ Oops. I'll fix it. I'm not a zoologist $\endgroup$ – Riley Mar 29 '18 at 21:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor I forgot to tell you after I fixed it. Is it correct now? $\endgroup$ – Riley Mar 30 '18 at 1:00
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, all correct. A green checkmark is in the post to you and will arrive within 6-8 weeks ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 30 '18 at 9:29
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The pancake made me immediately think of

The Universe

My beginning might be porridge,

People talk in science about the "perfect conditions," like Goldilock's porridge, as having been needed for the origin of the universe.

My ending is all about dividing,

The outer edge of the unvierse is expanding, each point on the sphere of the bubble must divide.

My middle is almost a monkey,

The "monkey theorem" is all about approaching infinity, which the middle of the universe is constantly doing. Maybe one day it'll get there? :)

My whole is kind of like a pancake.

The Universe may well be shaped more like a pancake than a perfect sphere, just like so many galaxies and the cells of so many carbon-based lifeforms.

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    $\begingroup$ It's a bit of a stretch, but nice one nonetheless! +1 $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 29 '18 at 21:53
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    $\begingroup$ So, the Universe is as flat as the Earth? $\endgroup$ – xhienne Mar 29 '18 at 21:55
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    $\begingroup$ @xhienne Don't be silly. The universe isn't that flat... :) $\endgroup$ – Riley Mar 29 '18 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ @xhienne Nope. The earth is the flattest :P $\endgroup$ – Azync Mar 30 '18 at 3:04

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