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A paper pound of wrong and round,
A minty piggy named.
Dividing nine, some yours, some mine,
A syzygy is claimed.


To start off the new year, my first riddle! I'd really appreciate feedback. Thanks to everyone who gave advice on riddle-writing and rhyming-- it was very helpful.

I tried to make every phrase have a precise interpretation connected to the answer.

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    $\begingroup$ a tic-tac-toe game? $\endgroup$
    – duhaime
    Jan 2, 2015 at 3:55
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    $\begingroup$ @duhaime I really think that is the correct solution. Why don't you delete the comment and write a proper answer? $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:46
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for the minty piggy. That took me a minute to figure out even after knowing the answer :D $\endgroup$
    – Set Big O
    Jan 2, 2015 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ I love the minty piggy! $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Jan 3, 2015 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor: I really liked this - although I'm not a big fan of riddles. The best was, that Googling "syzygy" only gave me a German company of that name... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jan 6, 2015 at 9:12

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The answer is quite simple

The end result of a tic tac toe (or Xs and Os, Noughts/Knaughts and Crosses, etc. See; http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic-tac-toe#English_names) game.

Why?

A paper pound of wrong and round,

The game is played on paper with Xs (wrong) and Os (round). Pound having to do with # which is the shape of a tic tac toe board.

A minty piggy named.

A tic tac is minty. Then there's piggy toe!

Dividing nine, some yours, some mine,

The game is split us into 9 slots. Some slots are owned by you, some by your friend, Xs and Os!

A syzygy is claimed.

In astronomy a syzygy is the alignment of 3 celestial bodies! In other words, 3 in a row is achieved, or a "tic-tac-toe" Win!

*One note [POSSIBLE SPOILER];

Games can end in ties, so the last line is arguably correct.

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  • $\begingroup$ I can't figure out #2 though... $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Jan 3, 2015 at 3:43
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    $\begingroup$ Minty=tic-tac, piggy=toe ;) $\endgroup$
    – Set Big O
    Jan 3, 2015 at 4:20
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    $\begingroup$ You left out the meaning of "pound", as in the character "#". $\endgroup$
    – McMagister
    Jan 3, 2015 at 8:37
  • $\begingroup$ This is all completely right! I'm accepting this because even though duhaime answered earlier, he hasn't come back to explain his answer. $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:01
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor Yea, I noticed it's all ... (Which is why I answered.) thanks for the +15 (or if you upvoted, +25, I think?) $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Jan 6, 2015 at 2:20

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