As the silhouette of a ball comes forth
Sprouts an arrow pointing North
To the left contains round borders
To the right lies four corners
The road is split between these three sections
You need me to make connections

What am I?

  • I have an answer in mind but it would require switching left and right. Are these definitely the right way round? – hexomino Dec 4 at 10:15
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This looks like a

USB symbol: a ball with a North arrow, circle on the left and square four corners on the right.

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This stands for the Universal Serial Bus so explains the title location.

Though this answer is the same as, and has similar questions to below, so may be a duplicate.

I have three fingers. What is this?

  • +1 Great answer! – hexomino Dec 4 at 12:11
  • @Tom: I think it could be considered a duplicate just because it shares the same solution with the other question; but this one is a far better riddle (and in my opinion should receive many more upvotes than the other question) – Hunter Dec 6 at 14:32

I think the answer might be

A Playstation controller button pad

Note: though by the wording of the riddle, this would need to be reflected.

As the silhouette of a ball comes forth

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The button pad has a circular outline, the silhouette of a ball.

Sprouts an arrow pointing North

Triangle

To the left contains round borders

Circle - although this is on the right

To the right lies four corners

Square - although this is on the left

The road is split between these three sections

Cross - looks like a road intersection with three different paths

You need me to make connections

You use the pad to play games and you can connect with people online.

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    good one, though I think the right and left is arguable :) – Mukyuu Dec 4 at 10:28
  • Actually... why havent i thought of that, good answer. Also, rot13(nyy gur ohggbaf ner vafvqr n pvepyr, naq vs lbh gnxr gur pragre bs guvf pvepyr, guna gur ohggbaf npghnyyl svg cresrpgyl jvgubhg nal punatrf gb gur evqqyr grkg.) – Eugene Anisiutkin Dec 4 at 10:37

I would say that you are a

Compass

Because

The compass is usually round, and circle is silhouette of a ball
The arrow of a compass is always pointing north.
Borders and corners are markings on the compass - Corners are North, West, South, East. Borders are degree markings on the compass.
To navigate using the compass you actually have to use all three in order to determine your position and to find out where are you going

Am I being too literalistic or is this a

Road Sign for a Roundabout?

As the silhouette of a ball comes forth

You see the roadsign with the basic round shape of a roundabout

Sprouts an arrow pointing North

The main road continues straight ahead, or "North" of the roundabout.

To the left contains round borders

There are no exits to the left.

To the right lies four corners

There are two minor exits to the right, which are squared "stumps" with two corners each.

The road is split between these three sections

The road splits into the three exits.

You need me to make connections

Without the roundabout you can't get off the main road you're on.

I can't find an exact match but:

Imagine this sign with Orton Centre pointing North and Orton Goldhay, Orton Malborne and the other major exit removed. Oh and the two "Stump" (minor) exits moved round to the right.
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  • You'll need to show me the sign you're talking about because a roundabout sign I looked up is just 3 arrows in a circle which does not meet the criteria of the riddle. – Jacky Wu Dec 5 at 21:08
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I suspect you're

Shadow

Since

As the silhouette of a ball comes forth
Sprouts an arrow pointing North
To the left contains round borders
To the right lies four corners
The road is split between these three sections
You need me to make connections
Example
Shadow is connecting between sections :)

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