# A Day in a Life o' Me

Riddle me this:

I form ticks and crosses,
But I have not a pen.
You check me during pauses,
Every now and then.

I have a pair of hands,
But I have not an arm.
Every day demands,
For me to use my charm.

I only have one joint,
Which you could call my shoulder,
From which my hands point,
To the values 'round the border.

I don't always comply,
But what I tell won't end;
My power source might die,
Though time will still transcend.

What am I?

I will provide two hints in due time. I also accept three different answers to this (because they are really the same thing).

The title is also a clue.

Well, I might just provide the first hint for the fun of it, but not the second.

Hint:

The values are numeric,
And placed in order, too.
My invention is historic,
As without it, what is due?

• @downvoter may you please explain why you downvoted? Did I do something wrong or did you not like the riddle (because this might not be your taste)? I don't care about reputation — I just want to do what is right by the community :) Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 14:50

You are obviously a

Clock

I form ticks and crosses, But I have not a pen.

Tick tock

You check me during pauses, Every now and then.

"Wait, what time is it?"

I have a pair of hands, But I have not an arm.

The hour/minute hands.

Every day demands, For me to use my charm.

Clocks often make a noise on the hour.

I only have one joint, Which you could call my shoulder,

Center of the clock

From which my hands point, To the values 'round the border.

The numbers around the edge of the clock.

I don't always comply, But what I tell won't end;

Time goes on and on, but the clock will eventually die.

My power source might die, Though time will still transcend.

As above.

I will provide two hints in due time. I also accept three different answers to this (because they are really the same thing).

Notice "time" is in italics, yet another hint. "Watch" could be an alternative answer, for example. It's really just a portable clock.

A Day in a Life o' Me

o' clock. Also Day In A Life has the acronym DIAL, revealed by OP in the comments.

• Wow, you are quick... Was it really this easy?? I did not even use the word "face". Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 0:00
• @user477343 It's not really that any of the clues are that easy, but when you give so many clues to a community of people who've seen so many riddles, the riddle will surely be cracked quickly. That said, the riddle was very well constructed, especially poetically. You definitely get a +1. :) Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 0:05
• Thank you. Also, Rot13$[$Gur gvgyr nyfb unq "Qnl va n Yvsr" juvpu unf na npebalz bs QVNY.$]$ I won't bother to put up the hints, hahaha. Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 0:06