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Usually, I'm seen at a mass movement,
Or alongside some cutting bloke.
A keen eye can be rude about me.
My sister was there when God spoke.

Many would say I'm a sequence,
Passed between fixed amounts of me.
The French say I go in Switzerland.
In some fish, I show enormity.

What am I?
Please explain each line in your answer.

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I think you may be a

gene

Usually, I'm seen at a mass movement,

generally - is usually, with rally being a mass movement.

Or alongside some cutting bloke.

Gene Hackman - the American who won a best actor Oscar for The French Connection.

A keen eye can be rude about me.

sageness - being wise and sass is cheek.

My sister was there when God spoke.

Genesis - "Let there be light"

Many would say I'm a sequence,

gene - a sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA located on a chromosome.

Passed between fixed amounts of me.

generations - gene rations (fixed amounts) are passed between generations.

The French say I go in Switzerland.

Geneva - with va (go in French) gives the Swiss city.

In some fish, I show enormity.

hugeness - the huss is a dogfish.

Title: Producing My Position

Producing is generating, and rating is a position on a scale.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done Tom! You seem to be very good at these. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Oct 27 at 9:57
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I'm not 100% sure, but are you

a LOCUS?

Title:

the locus of a moving object produces its position over time.

Usually, I'm seen at a mass movement,

A physics problem with a point mass moving along some curve which we call its locus.

Or alongside some cutting bloke.

I suspect this is a wordplay line, perhaps changing the word LOCUS somehow to get another similar word.

A keen eye can be rude about me.

A keen eye has FOCUS. Perhaps "rude" reflects that, at least in some fonts/handwriting, an f looks a bit like an l which is CROSSED?

My sister was there when God spoke.

Again I guess this is wordplay: a word similar to locus which is a Biblical character.

Many would say I'm a sequence,
Passed between fixed amounts of me.

How would you draw a locus? By marking out points at fixed amounts along it and joining them together.

The French say I go in Switzerland.

Not sure about this, but French for locus is LIEU and for Switzerland is SUISSE. One doesn't quite fit inside the other ...

In some fish, I show enormity.

Apparently a "locus fish" is a grouper, and locus also has a biological meaning ...

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    $\begingroup$ I find this mostly unconvincing :-) but if it's right then I suspect the "mass movement" is about insects rather than physics. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 25 at 21:35
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    $\begingroup$ Might have to do something with churches, too? $\endgroup$ – Avi Oct 25 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ This is a nice idea but not the correct answer I'm afraid - it only really fits the title and first line well. There is much more wordplay involved. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Oct 26 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I have a bunch of wordplay-ish theories none of which I have been able to make work. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 26 at 2:39

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