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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:**** (3.11)
Difficulty:*** (2.58)
Category:Riddle
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?


Hint

A Canadian proposal, a fix,
Proposed to the world in 1876.

Eventually it was adopted in time,
In most major countries by 1929.

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