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Bane of sailors.

Bliss for the head.

I am complete when I am dead.

What am I?

This one perplexed a game group, including a sailor, so I hope to see you fare better.

Some hints:

First line is literal. Second line more or less literal: a pleasant state of being for the human head. Third line is wordplay

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A calm?

Bane of sailors.

When there’s no wind, the ship can’t move.

Bliss for the head.

Wonderful silence, or a calm state of mind.

I am complete when I am dead.

The calm is complete when there’s absolutely no wind, i.e. when it‘s »dead«.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's it! Nice work. Thank you for playing! I'll make more. $\endgroup$ – AteYourLembas Aug 17 '18 at 19:54
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Fruit?

Bane of sailors.

If sailors can't get enough fruit they get scurvy (a disease you get without proper vitamins).

Bliss for the head.

Fruit has lots of fiber which would make it easy to use the "head" or toilet on a ship.

I am complete when I am dead.

Fruit's purpose is complete when it is dead because that's when it's seeds can start to grow.

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sponge

Bane of sailors.

There are found in the ocean.

Bliss for the head.

Soft?

I am complete when I am dead.

Then you can use them in your kitchen.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, they're found in the ocean, but how exactly does that make them the bane of sailors? $\endgroup$ – Yout Ried Aug 16 '18 at 5:46
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A wave Air?

Bane of sailors.

As in, wind

Bliss for the head.

As in, getting some air.

I am complete when I am dead.

Like a wave at a concert/stadium There is dead air when the radio/show is over

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Throwing this out there...

a swab?

Bane of sailors.

Swabbing the deck is not the most uplifting of endeavours.

Bliss for the head.

Cotton swabs have many uses in the maintenance of a person's head.

I am complete when I am dead.

You can never get a ship's deck actually cleaned up. As soon as you think you're done, someone walks in with their dirty boots and you have to start again.

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Fog

Bane of sailors.

Sailors can't see where they are going

Bliss for the head.

My head is foggy

I am complete when I am dead.

Dead fog doesn't move int the wind en is much denser.

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