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The number of brothers I have is three
Though they each deny knowing me
Each of them I can swiftly defeat
Yet they do not accept they're beat
For each shall claim at last
"Cheated, thou hast"


Do you see?
What might I be?

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    $\begingroup$ Was this too easy? $\endgroup$ – can-ned_food Apr 17 '18 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ @can-ned_food I guess so. Sorry. $\endgroup$ – NoOneIsHere Apr 17 '18 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Well, no, I must apologize: rhyming riddles are to Puzzling SE as Minecraft questions are to Arqade SE. It is often too tempting to hide a simple interpretation behind a multitude of lines. IMHO, a riddle either uses rhyming as a gimmick or as a handicap to increase the challenge for the riddler; the better ones can also use rhyming as a ruse — or even as a way to include a bit of wordplay and linguistic and phonetic fun. As to what constitutes a good riddle — there are a few Meta Puzzling questions on various facets of that. $\endgroup$ – can-ned_food May 5 '18 at 4:11
  • $\begingroup$ It's not a bad riddle, but there aren't many possible solutions which almost seem to fit but which conflict with one or two conditions. $\endgroup$ – can-ned_food May 5 '18 at 4:27
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Loooong shot ...

You're a finger gun in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors - because guns beat everything.

The number of brothers I have is three

The brothers are Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Though they each deny knowing me

But they don't accept the finger gun as a valid fourth brother.

Each of them I can swiftly defeat

A gun beats everything.

Yet they do not accept they're beat
For each shall claim at last
"Cheated, thou hast"

Well, yeah - it totally is cheating, and not valid according to the standard rules of the game.

On a less cheaty note, you could be

the trumps suit in a card game. That suit beats all the others ... but I'm not sure where the cheating, or non-acceptance by the others of your victory, would come in there,

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  • $\begingroup$ I think you have the reasoning correct, but not the actual answer. I would link to the "controversy" that I think this question references, but it'd be a spoiler. $\endgroup$ – M. Hudson Apr 16 '18 at 11:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Rand al'Thor Seems like if he has 3 brothers then there would be 4 brothers total...doesn't seem to support the 'rock, paper, scissors' approach where there are a total of 3? $\endgroup$ – Dr t Apr 16 '18 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ Gun is correct, along with all of your reasoning! $\endgroup$ – NoOneIsHere Apr 16 '18 at 17:36
  • $\begingroup$ @NoOneIsHere Whaaaaaaat? I posted this only semi-seriously, hesitating to do so at all, and half-expected it to get downvoted into the basement. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine +28 and an accept :-OOO $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 16 '18 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ Where does "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" fit in? $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Apr 17 '18 at 0:03

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