My initials are M.C. and know me please do;
I'm related in essence to many a crew;
My syllables count four,
Same for vowels I'm sure;
Now please decide which are false and are true:

Indeed, I'm known to run...
1) alongside a shore.
2) alongside a leader.
3) on a liquid.
4) on a machine.

Three of these are true, and one is false. Which one?

Note: Let's just say for the sake of this problem that "y" is not considered a vowel here.

Hint 1:

I'm a proper noun that most people have heard of. I'm not a person, though.

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    $\begingroup$ That's quite a Mixed Collection of Motley Clues. It will be a Messy Challenge to figure out the Main Character of this riddle. (If I've written the solution by Mistaken Chance in this Momentary Comment, then Mea Culpa.) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 21 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Rand al'Thor Not yet, though if you keep going you might! :D $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 21 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the community, @anodyne! $\endgroup$ – mbingo Feb 22 at 0:41

I believe the answer is...


From the verse:

"My initials are M.C."... check.

"I'm related in essence to many a crew"... not sure! This may be referring to pit crews at Formula 1's Monte Carlo Rally?

"My syllables count four"... check.

"Same for vowels"... check.

As for the statements:

"I'm known to run alongside a shore." This is the case for the location in Monaco.

"I'm known to run on a liquid." This is the case for the apparently notable yacht.

"I'm known to run on a machine." This is the case for the class of algorithms.

It seems, then, that the false statement is...

"I'm known to run alongside a leader."

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    $\begingroup$ Exactly correct! And thanks for the warm welcome. I was thinking of rot13(Puriebyrg Zbagr Pneyb) for the liquid clue, but that's probably just my American bias. Yours works just as well. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 22 at 1:43
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, I just realized why you thought of that for liquid. Sure, that's one way to interpret "run on". :) I had meant rot13(gur Puriebyrg Zbagr Pneyb orpnhfr vg ehaf ba n yvdhvq shry) for what it's worth. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 22 at 6:00
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I realized that when I saw your response... both valid! $\endgroup$ – mbingo Feb 22 at 6:24

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