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Riddle me this:

I may have initials, but I do not have a name.

My purposes have brought myself plenty of fame.

I have brothers and sisters and cousins and more.

We make stories and pictures, written and drawn.

Unlike yourself and animals and plants,

We never grow but are tallest at first glance.

Our looks vary depending on colour and height,

But within all of us is a stick of graphite.

Our closest friend is a sheet of paper.

Guess what I am, and it might do you a favour.


I made up this riddle for fun. Hope you enjoy!

Hints for the answer are below.


Hint:

I am wooden and narrow, with a point and a tip;
I am an object that nearly every student should equip.

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    $\begingroup$ I ... really don't think this needed a hint. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 29 '18 at 10:31
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan would you suggest I try making my riddles a little harder? $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jun 29 '18 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ Well, for my taste they've all been extremely straightforward, more slightly oddly worded description than riddle. I don't want to claim that that's bad, but I think that for the clientele here harder would be probably better. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 29 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan ok, thank you. I will try making a harder riddle :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jun 29 '18 at 22:05
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You are a

HB Pencil

may have initials, but I do not have a name.
My purposes have brought myself plenty of fame.

You can write and draw, and the initials for the pencil are HB.

I have brothers and sisters and cousins and more.

Pencil crayon, crayons, markers, and pens.

We make stories and pictures, written and drawn.

These are all things you can do with pencils.

Unlike yourself and animals and plants,
We never grow but are tallest at first glance.

The shorten with use and never grow.

Our looks vary depending on colour and height,
But within all of us is a stick of graphite.

Pencils can vary, but they all still have graphite in them.

Our closest friend is a sheet of paper.

You use a pencil on paper!

And the hint
I am wooden and narrow, with a point and a tip;
I am an object that nearly every student should equip.

That is what a pencil looks like, and students use them in school.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well Done! You got it! It was pretty easy, I must admit. The only part wrong was the "initials" section $-$ I was referring to a HB Pencil in particular (because it has the initials HB, representing the type of graphite the pencil has). Other than that, congratulations! $$(+1) \ \ \color{green}{\checkmark}$$ Also, I think you might have answered one of my riddles before :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jun 29 '18 at 3:18
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    $\begingroup$ Ahh thanks and it was this question, puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/67520/… Good puzzle :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Jun 29 '18 at 3:21
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    $\begingroup$ Also, if you wait 20-24 hours to accept an answer you may get more view(and votes)! $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Jun 29 '18 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ Ok, thank you for the suggestion. Personally, I do not really care that much about views and votes (unless I am disrespecting the site, which I will never). I just like making riddles and putting them up for others to enjoy, like yourself :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jun 29 '18 at 3:25

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