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Our father's carpet is full of thumbtacks.

What is it?

(Source: my version of "tapis grandpapa plein punaises", a traditional "sirandane", french-creole type of riddle.)

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I noticed that

In French the word used is Grandpapa or Grandfather...this might be morbid, but could the carpet be the sky and the tacks be the stars?

This is because

Grandpapa might be walking on the sky in Heaven?

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  • $\begingroup$ ya, this is the answer to the version I've heard. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Oct 14 '18 at 0:12
  • $\begingroup$ yes! or r13("tenaq cncn" nf gjb jbeqf), but was worried that wouldn't come across in translation so I thought maybe r13("Bhe Sngure va urnira") $\endgroup$ – deep thought Oct 14 '18 at 0:21
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Could it be

a field of grass?

Where

the blades of grass resemble the pins on thumbtacks, pointing up

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  • $\begingroup$ spiky grass, sure +1! but not the traditional answer $\endgroup$ – deep thought Oct 13 '18 at 23:48

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