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When I am done, I'm served.
When you are me, be proud.
In the top five, I'm odd.
I'm one of the unlucky ones, or royally envied.

What am I?

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My answer:

Ace

Explanation:

When I am done, I'm served.

In tennis, an ace is a kind of serve.

When you are me, be proud.

By definition, an ace is someone who excels at a particular activity. You can be proud!

In the top five, I'm odd.

The word ace contains 3 of the first 5 letters of the alphabet - the odd ones.

I'm one of the unlucky ones...

Ace can represent "one" in a deck of cards. Each suit has 13 ranks, and 13 is commonly known as an unlucky number.

...or royally envied.

Ace can also represent the highest card, i.e. higher than the "royal" cards: King and Queen.

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    $\begingroup$ You have the word. The third line is not quite what I was going for. It is to do with letters. The fourth line is pretty much right, but you could elaborate on that a little more? $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Nov 2 at 17:20
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    $\begingroup$ @rybo111 Is it correct now? $\endgroup$ – Gilles-Philippe Paillé Nov 2 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ Third line is now spot on. For the last line, "one of the unlucky ones" has two important words. Also, "royally envied" is specifically about being greater than two things. $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Nov 3 at 8:04
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    $\begingroup$ I have added some minor changes and clarified the "unlucky" part. Good job with the answer, and welcome! $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Nov 3 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ @rybo111 Thanks for the edits! It is clearer now. $\endgroup$ – Gilles-Philippe Paillé Nov 3 at 15:53

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