# I Almost am a Chicken

I almost am a chicken,
Not quite a famous horse.
Confined to my domain,

I almost am contagious,
Use a pencil when you're ready
And light me when you fart.

Each line is a clue.
Together they target what specific object?

Example:
I almost teach you something. (train)
I almost chart your progress. (track)
I'm almost around your neck. (tie)
I almost am your buttocks. (caboose)

• "And light me when you fart." DVL13 $\color{darkorange}{\bigstar}$ hahah :P – user477343 Sep 14 at 10:47
• hmmmm, (rot 13) V org vg fgnegf jvgu n p naq puvpxra naq pbagntvbhf ersre gb gur jbeq vgfrys naq abg jung gur jbeq ersref gb. – tox123 Sep 14 at 23:26
• "Golden Nugget"? – CR241 Sep 14 at 23:30
• Acrostic spells out INCIINUAET -> insinuate? – obl Sep 21 at 17:25

Maybe it's something related to

guns

I almost am a chicken,

cock (male chicken, a gun part)

Not quite a famous horse.

Confined to my domain,

range (a function's range, shooting range)

sight (eyesight, guns can have sights)

I almost am contagious,

grip (the flu, gun handle)

clip (videoclip, clips of ammo)

Use a pencil when you're ready

draw (draw with a pencil, draw a gun)

And light me when you fart.

fire (lighting a match, gunfire)

• Aha! I've been thinking (and am probably right) that this question as a whole was "too broad." :) Your overall answer is correct and, other than "domain," the individual answers are too. Just fill in the ?s. – Chowzen Sep 28 at 10:46
• – Chowzen Sep 28 at 11:49
• Kagd zmyq paqez'f dtkyq iuft "emrq" ad "omré"... paqe uf dtkyq iuft "nmdr"? :D – user477343 Sep 28 at 12:06
• @user477343 Did you mean to Rot1 instead of Rot13? :) – Chowzen Sep 28 at 12:24
• Look at the URL of the "this should help" post. – Chowzen Sep 28 at 12:25

Ah, resolved my issue with my theory, so now it's a guess.

I almost am a chicken,

X = (Eggs)

Not quite a famous horse.

C = (Sea)horse

Confined to my domain,

N = (in)

I = (eye)

I almost am contagious,

6 = (sick)

Q = (queue)

Use a pencil when you're ready

Right-arrow = (write)

And light me when you fart.

: = (colon) You are a keyboard.

• Very Entertaining, +1! Check out hint #5, though: "Each of the 8 lines describes a different word which has a homophone/homograph." – Chowzen Sep 27 at 14:09
• See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:34

Are you

Match

I almost am a chicken,

Hatch

Not quite a famous horse.

Confined to my domain,

?

Path is close to the letters... (Yeah not really :p)

I almost am contagious,

Catchy

?

Use a pencil when you're ready

Scratch

And light me when you fart.

Match

• Hmmm... If the hint was, "The object is not a rhyme," this might work. – Chowzen Sep 15 at 1:14
• Looking back, that comment may have sounded mean... :) I was trying to give a new hint – Chowzen Sep 15 at 2:41
• See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:34

Are you an,

I am almost a chicken,

There was this thing back when a chicken was laying eggs watching others through an ipad screen.

Not quite a famous horse.

Both the lines hints towards a "Tablet"

I am almost contagious.

We all know the influence Ipads have in today's world- hence the essence of the word contagious

There was an issue where people were unable to play youtube videos on ipads

Use a pencil when you're ready.

You can buy a "Pencil" separately to use with the ipad pro when you are ready to put in that amount of cash for a pencil!

And light me when you fart.

Well who doesn't use a bit of technology on the pooper!

Honestly, that's all the IQ I've got. LOL

Is a great riddle though!

• See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:35
• Yay, you have improved your answer! $(+1)$ :D – user477343 Sep 28 at 10:10

Are you

yellow? (i know, not an object but...)

I almost am a chicken,

yellow is associated with cowardice (or being a chicken)

Not quite a famous horse.

not quite yellowhorse

Confined to my domain,

domain of light?

yellow lines on a racecourse

I almost am contagious,

yellow fever is contagious

??

Use a pencil when you're ready

yellow number 2 pencils

And light me when you fart.

yellow air fresheners and candles

• Sorry, no, the object in question is indeed physical. It can be touched, dropped, kicked, smelled, used as a paperweight or bookend, bought, sold, stolen, given as a wedding gift, ground up into little pieces, melted, pawned, etc. Some would say it could be eaten, but probably only once. – Chowzen Sep 14 at 13:03
• See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:35
• Might be worth putting the hints back in for future readers? I was pretty confused by the references to hints until I checked the edit history – Mohirl Sep 28 at 12:02

I am working this line by line based on the hint at homonyms. I believe the final answer or target is probably an acrostic of sorts, or something common between all of the words. Not sure yet.

Although, another thought just occurred to me; perhaps the answer itself is a homonym set in which each word is four letters long, like:

Fawn like a young deer and fawn like a servile display of flattery.

I almost am a chicken,

Chicken like cowardly and chicken like the bird. Could also be hatch as in birth from an egg and hatch like a door.

Not quite a famous horse.

Could be stud like a board in a wall and stud like a stallion.

Confined to my domain,

Could be address like speak to a group and address like a place. Could also be yard like three feet and yard like a piece of ground adjoining a house.

Could be journey like traveling and journey like a long process of change. Could also be trip like traveling and trip like fall.

I almost am contagious,

Sick like, well sick; and sick like too much of, also sick like excellent (informal).

Could be watch like observe and watch like the timepiece.

Use a pencil when you're ready

Could be draw like make art and draw like draw like extract.

And light me when you fart.

Match like matchstick and match like a pair.

• +1, closest yet (though none right :) ) I just found this interesting tidbit: "Words That Both Sound The Same And Are Spelled The Same are both homonyms (same sound) and homographs (same spelling). Example: lie (untruth) and lie (prone); fair (county fair), fair (reasonable)." I've added that to Hint #5. – Chowzen Sep 26 at 23:51
• @Chowzen so simple confusion on my part lol I’ll adjust tomorrow :) – PerpetualJ Sep 27 at 2:20
• @Chowzen So now that I am more awake lol homographs are spelled the same but sound different. Homophones are spelled differently but sound the same; and homonyms are spelled the same and sound the same but have different meanings which is your example above. – PerpetualJ Sep 27 at 16:36
• @Chowzen I've updated my answer and would love some feedback at this point. Without it I'll be stuck here lol – PerpetualJ Sep 27 at 16:53
• See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:35

1.

Duck -- The animal is similar to a chicken, the homonym is the action to try to dodge a bullet

2.

Secret(e) -- The most famous horse being Secretariat, a secret is not quite the full name of the horse; the homonym being secrete, and allows things to discharge some form of slime

3.

Pen -- Slang for a prison; the homonym being the writing utensil

4.

Map -- a map is an object that could let you plot out the path (course) you're going to take; the homonym I considered is when you represent an object with another piece of data.
(I am also considering "Glasses" here, since they can literally let you see something, and could also mean a set of cups)

5.

Viral (virile) -- When a video becomes viral, it's not contagious, but it spreads rapidly and mostly uncontrolled; viral also could just be related to an actual virus; I added virile in here in case viral is still considered the same word.

6.

Film -- while YouTube has videos it doesn't actually require film; the homonym being a thin membrane

7.

Mark -- When you take a test, you mark your answers ; there are a lot of choices for other meanings of mark, though many of them are similar. I'm going to go with the old German Mark, as a type of money.

8.

Gas -- When you fart, you pass gas, which can be lit on fire; for another meaning, if you're gassed, you're exhausted.

Total???

Since my results left me with no vowels (DSPM, VFMG), I'm going to have to assume it's somehow describing an object. Currently, I'm at a loss. The best I can come up with is some spy movie.

• On the right track with Secretariat, but not that horse. See Awesome Hint # 6 – Chowzen Sep 27 at 21:36

Partial:

Are you:

Alcohol?

I almost am a chicken,

Speckled Hen is a brand of beer.

Not quite a famous horse.

Red Rum is the most famous horse I know, rum is obviously an alcoholic spirit.

Partial

I almost am a chicken,

chick (baby chicken) -> cheek (face?)

Not quite a famous horse.

??

Confined to my domain,

range (of a function) -> range (shooting range)

I almost am contagious,

flu (caused by virus) -> flew (flying)

??

Use a pencil when you're ready

draw (draw with a pencil) -> draw (nock, draw, loose)

And light me when you fart.

??

So,

cheek, ??, range, lead, flew, ??, draw, ??
closest thing I can think of is an arrow