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Different Strokes

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

 

Puzzle ID:#49327
Fun:*** (2.75)
Difficulty:** (2.04)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:ThinksForFun*

 

 

 



There are likely many of us in the house
Consider us a companion of the mouse

Captains who encounter a string of bad luck
Could end up deserted on one of me stuck

But whether or not they will stay afloat
When I am depressed you will make a note

"Off me" doesn't produce a pleasant sound
For propagation I spin to the ground

If you'd like to get in, then give me a turn
A mystery's answer with me you will learn

I'm often associated with a ring
Although I'm multi-faceted in meaning


What am I?


Answer

A key


lines 1 & 2: keys/buttons on a keyboard, used together with a mouse of a computer
lines 3, 4, & 5: captains of ships could get stuck (shipwrecked) on a key (island)
line 6: the pressing of a key of a musical instrument produces a note
line 7: off-key music or singing sounds unpleasant
line 8: samara/key such as that of the maple tree
line 9: use a key to open a locked door
line 10: the key to a mystery is crucial to solving it
line 11: a key is often found on a key ring
line 12: the word "key" has many different meanings

The title is a subtle hint for the word "keystroke" which contains the answer word "key".

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