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I am an involuntary action

I will make you cry

If you force me to stop


I am also a knave

of excavation

and of luck


I am also a soldier

you can't find me in the heavens

you can't find me in the seas


In a lifetime

and upon a time

I am what's missing


What could I be?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! This lookls like a nice first puzzle/riddle. You should take the tour for an easy badge. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 27 '18 at 12:00
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These are all

K-pop fan clubs. The title refers to what is known as the “Korean Wave”.

1)

“BLINK” are fans of Black Pink. Blinks are involuntary, and if you try not to blink your eyes will water.

2)

“Blackjacks” are fans of 2NE1. “Knaves” are “jacks”, and the two black suits are spades (excavation) and clubs, more relevantly called clovers (luck).

3)

A.R.M.Y are fans of BTS. Out of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Air Force is in the heavens, and the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are in the seas, so the Army remains.

4)

ONCE are fans of TWICE. This word is missing from the phrases “once in a lifetime” and “once upon a time”.

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  • $\begingroup$ Awesome! This is the correct answer. I'm glad you guys took interest and solved my first puzzle. :) $\endgroup$ – Jagu_ Jul 5 '18 at 0:58
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Partial answer, not seeing how they all fit together...

I am an involuntary action
I will make you cry
If you force me to stop

Blinking, an involuntary action, trying not to blink will make your eyes water.

I am also a knave
of excavation
and of luck

The Jack of Spades in a deck of cards. Jacks are also called "Knaves". A spade is used for excavation, or digging. And various cards represent luck - the ace of spades is regarded as lucky.

I am also a soldier
you can't find me in the heavens
you can't find me in the seas

Not 100% sure but I think this is talking about infantry, soldiers on the ground (as opposed to navy on the seas and airforce in the skies). Maybe you are looking for another synonym of infantry.

In a lifetime
and upon a time
I am what's missing

Once is the missing word from the idioms "once in a lifetime" and "once upon a time".

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    $\begingroup$ You are on the right track. You got two of them right. The four answers would fit together. $\endgroup$ – Jagu_ Jun 27 '18 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ Your answer for part 2 could be seen as doing part 1. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Jun 28 '18 at 15:55
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I may have used a crowbar for a shoehorn here, but I somehow managed to cram into each part..

the number eleven.

I am an involuntary action
I will make you cry
If you force me to stop

Involuntary Bankruptcy means that someone is forcing you to stop by legal action. In the US, it's covered by Title 11.

I am also a knave
of excavation
and of luck

Jack (numeric value 11) of spades (for excavation); card games are usually based on luck

I am also a soldier
you can't find me in the heavens
you can't find me in the seas

Soldier 11; you can find them on the ground, because they are shoes.

In a lifetime
and upon a time
I am what's missing

The word "once" (eleven in Spanish) is missing from both phrases.

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    $\begingroup$ Seeing crowbars used as seahorns is where I derive 90% of the fun from this site! $\endgroup$ – George Menoutis Jun 28 '18 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ Cool answer. Your answers fit so well, however, it's not the one I'm looking for. The one I'm looking for is so much simpler. You got one of them right. $\endgroup$ – Jagu_ Jun 28 '18 at 20:31
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The answer is:

Breathing

First part:

Unless you noticed it and start breathing by your own will, breathing is an involuntary action. If you stop breathing (force it to stop) you will suffer a lot, ergo, you will start crying.

Second part:

This one is tricky. Breathing can be a huge trouble on close spaces, such as the ones you can find out while in an excavation. So, yes, i'll stick to it.

Third part:

At high altitudes, it gets really difficult to breath and we can only hold our breath while underwater.

Once again, sorry for my bad english!

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    $\begingroup$ the last hint remain unexplained. $\endgroup$ – Maniraj Jun 27 '18 at 12:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'm thinking about it :c $\endgroup$ – Enrique Bermúdez Jun 27 '18 at 12:07
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So number one

Blinking is the only thing I can think of that makes you cry if you stop, other than maybe coughing.

Two

Ace of spades is lucky and spades are a digging implement, also jack of spades is also a knave.

Three

Two possibilities I can think of, the army, as airforce and navy are ‘heavens and seas’ though I feel like ants also fits, as they are soldiers of the land. To be honest, this is probably the most vague of the four.

Four

Once is missing from ‘upon a time’ and ‘in a lifetime’.

You mentioned in a comment that the four clues fit together, do you mean they form a sentence or are clues for a single word?

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