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If I'm on, it's not time;
If I have time, it's up;
If I'm up, it's over;
If I'm over, it's dizzying.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ The way you have linked the clues to each other is outrageously brilliant. $\endgroup$ – Bass Mar 6 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass Don't make me blush $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 6 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ Terrific riddle. A lot of outstanding wordplay packed in so nicely. Kudos. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 8 at 1:36
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Second go as this is still up

hang

If I'm on, it's not time;

hang on - wait a little

If I have time, it's up;

hang time - when an object is up in the air, as in a basketball player off the court

If I'm up, it's over;

hang up - stop the phone call as it's over

If I'm over, it's dizzying.

hangover - a dizzying experience after overdoing alcohol


First try was this play on a word might be a

game

If I'm on, it's not time;

game on - anticipation that an event is going to happen

If I have time, it's up;

game time - the event is happening

If I'm up, it's over;

game up - it's done and revealed

If I'm over, it's dizzying.

game over - said when a situation is regarded as hopeless

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    $\begingroup$ Your framework is right but the guess isn't quite right. The intended answer unmistakably factors in "dizzying" $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 6 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ Second go is it! Nicely done $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 6 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @anodyne for the nicely related clues in this puzzle, and you're right that the first answer wasn't close enough for the last clue. $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 6 at 21:21

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