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Confusion Abounded

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#30761
Fun:**** (3.13)
Difficulty:*** (2.57)
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca*****




Before I came, confusion abounded.
I'm late, I'm late was frequently sounded.

I'm not average, but was based on a mean.
My size, in theory, is constant: fifteen.

I'm two dozen steps, again in theory.
But walk my length and you'd get weary.

I take half and quarter steps at times.
In reality, I don't follow the lines.

I shrink to nothing in two cold extremes.
Over a thousand miles wide in the betweens.

What am I?

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May 29, 2006

Loved it.
May 29, 2006

Very informative.
May 29, 2006

I second both the above comments.
May 29, 2006

In my opinion (not that it's worth much, hehe) this was a perfect teaser. Two thumbs up!
May 30, 2006

Good one Marc! And it's right up there in popularity right now!
Jun 03, 2006

Cleverly written--I concluded it had to be something with longitude and time, but didn't zero in on it exactly. The explanation is a good teaching tool. Good job.
Jun 30, 2006

So logical that I didn't get it.
Enjoyable and I learned something new, even @ my age.
good Job.
Jun 30, 2006

That was pretty complicated...but also very informative. After the first two lines I thought: alarm clock. But then the rest didn't work with that answer...finally I just gave up...but that's just because I'm lazy...this was an excellent teaser!!
Jun 30, 2006

There's always time for a good teaser.
Jun 30, 2006

This time you really aced it. Great teaser, which I did get, YAH! Nice work
Jun 30, 2006

Great teaser. Well written. Fun facts.
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Jun 30, 2006

Hats Off! A Great one!
Jun 30, 2006

HA HA, OldChinaHand! btw, is your hand made of china, or are you a Chinese Farmhand, or what?

Anyway, I kinda got it, I thought it must be 'Greenwich mean time" or something like that, I didn't think of times zones in general. I liked the answer, which makes learning fun! heheheh (ok mr rogers) Thanks!

Jun 30, 2006

Didn't have a clue till the last 2 lines, that is when i finally figured it out.
That was a tough one, bet not a lot of people got it?

Jun 30, 2006

Definite food for thought in a timely fashion
Jun 30, 2006

That was a great one!
I looked at it after watching
"So You Think You Can Dance," so I could not get some sort of dance out of my head. Anyway, thanks for the explanation at the end. That made it really fun to do.
Best one yet!
Jun 30, 2006

This is an EXCELLENT teaser! Nice!
Jun 30, 2006

Not much I can add to what has already been said. Super great teaser.
Jun 30, 2006

Good one. I got the answer after the hint.
Jun 30, 2006

I "figured out" LATITUDE and felt very proud of myself. Of course I meant LONGITUDE ...and I didn't really get it right.
Jun 30, 2006

Clever! :-)
Jun 30, 2006

Great one! I'd have never gotten it, but it was good!
Jun 30, 2006

Because of the counted steps, I was thinking a degree of longitude ... close & related, but NO CEEEEGAR!
Thanks for all the extra info in the answer. (Will this be on The Test? :wink
Jun 30, 2006

I had the time angle figured until I read the hints...I must stop that... then I thought of navigational devices and chronometers, even the 'rose line' light savings and finally back time zones. Good mental work out...thanks.
Jun 30, 2006

Super Teaser: Didn't have a clue. Good Job to the Canadians.
Jun 30, 2006

At first I though latitude line for navigation, etc. This was a great teaser!
Jun 30, 2006

infomative, correct, and fun. Great Job!!
Jun 30, 2006

It was pretty easy, but very well written. I enjoyed this very much.
Jun 30, 2006

Well, I have to say that this one was FUN, but I was totally of track. Like, I was thinking of the Sahara Desert! But, at the end, I got the answer without looking!

Jun 30, 2006

Nice job
Jun 30, 2006

wowie... that was tough... it was confusing for me but that's prolly cuz i knew nothing about this subject. so very informative and nicely written!
Jun 30, 2006

Quite a professionally worded teaser! And a fantastically awesome learning tool for the schools, too. It could help youngsters to understand the times, in a yet rhyming manner. And, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Keep up the superb work.
Jun 30, 2006

i gest the world... close enuf, ryt?

good job!
Jun 30, 2006

Did not get it But it was very informative, Nice job
Jun 30, 2006

Your title pretty much covered it for me. I thought it might have something to do with time, but didn't come close to getting it. Rereading the clues, it was so obvious, so I'm chagrined.

Still, this was one of the most delightful ridddles I've read yet. Outstanding!
Jun 30, 2006

That was great. Good learning info
Jun 30, 2006

too much thinking. my head hurts on the up side, it was a great teaser
Jun 30, 2006

First I thought time, then Greenwich Mean time..but never connected to time zones. Great teaser.
Jun 30, 2006

Good teaser. I got hung up on the International Date Line, but at least I was on the right track.
Jun 30, 2006

Hmm. I think I've heard this one before...I liked this one. I thought it was some form of equatorial circumference at first, but then I realized with the 24 it must be related to time zones. Lots of interesting information in that answer. Well done.
Jun 30, 2006

Very cute.
Jun 30, 2006

Thought it might be DST, but figured it out without looking! THX
Jun 30, 2006

very intellegent Much thought in this one I like it.
Jul 02, 2006

Great one, fun and informative - perfect!
Jul 06, 2006

Could figure out that this related to rotation of earth, difference in time, etc., but couldn't zero on to Time Zones!
The details given about time zones are excellent education material for those from countries where no time zones are observed. A super teaser! Thanks for all the information.
Oct 26, 2006

One of my favorites perfectly put together, got it but it took a bit
May 20, 2008

thanks for the facts even though i knew them
Jun 30, 2009

Excellent teaser. Loved it. I had absolutely no idea
Jun 30, 2009

This was the very best teaser this year. Beat my brain up,and I didn't solve it.Congrats to the writer.
Jun 30, 2009

I got it!! I got it!! and without the hint!! I don't usually get riddles at all, so this is exciting for me! I needed the last two lines for it to all come together. What a perfectly well-written riddle!!! Congrats to both of us!
Jun 30, 2009

I had an idea but needed the hint. Great teaser and well written!
Jun 30, 2009

I really enjoyed this. Especially the explanation. I learned something today. Thanks!!
Jun 30, 2009

This is a good teaser, actually I had no idea or clue even having read the Hint. But, Mark do you think before the invention of Time Zones, people thought of lateness as you have related lateness abound by time zones? Perhaps time itself, but time zones this is still a good teaser and I rated it as such.
Jun 30, 2009

Very good teaser, really good explanation. I was close, but didn't get it even with the hint.
Jun 30, 2009

Very good riddle! I really appreciate the in-depth explanation!
Jun 30, 2009

I enjoyed this one,I did'nt figure it out but I learnrd something new
Jun 30, 2009

Very well written and informative. Not to easy ..... just right
Jun 30, 2009

Loved it!!!!
Jun 30, 2012

I am not telling what I thought it was. It is too silly, but it made me laugh when I saw the answer compared to mine!
Jun 30, 2012

Really fun!! Got bits and pieces as I went along-good workout & interesting!! Thanks!!
Jun 30, 2012

Well done. I guessed the concept of the day -- needed to take it further to the division of time zones.
Jun 30, 2012

Another great teaser Marc. Always enjoy your submissions.. The answer jumped at me pretty easily, but I credit the "A Part of our Heritage" commercials with teaching me who proposed the idea of time zones.
Jun 30, 2012

Too hard for me. I of course didn't get it at all. Not canadian.
Jun 30, 2012

Too hard for me. I of course didn't get it at all. Not canadian.
Jul 02, 2012

Nice teaser, enjoyed it.
Jun 30, 2015

Had no idea before I read the hint. hintAfteri read that, the answer was easy.

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