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Don't be fooled by the easy appearance of this riddle. The answer gets you to first base but to get a gold star, you must find and explain all of the clues. It took a good deal of effort to compose this so I intend to make you work to get the answer. If you find twelve or fewer, try it again. My advice would be to take it in stages.

Trailing and getting a man at a bag
At the end of a tail it's an earmark or flag.
Giving a touch, give it a name
Greatest in code but it's kind of a game
A part of a lace maybe something you spray
Take a gathering back in advantage I say.

Rate yourself:
(Spoilers ahead!)

How many clues did you find, excluding this section?
0 - 11 Low wattage performance
12 - 16 Staggering to the finish line
17 - 21 Join the montage of champions!
22 and up The "taggant agita greeting" award

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you have created a nice game for me.. :) – manshu Mar 12 at 18:46
    
@manshu You can be like a secret agent hunting spies. – Hugh Meyers Mar 12 at 18:52
    
Don't you know that I already am – manshu Mar 12 at 18:54
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Sheesh. That's so many things to squeeze into such a small puzzle. This is fun!!! – Z. Dailey Mar 12 at 18:55
    
Not a trifling matter. And then there are the comments. – Hugh Meyers Mar 12 at 19:02
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Is it:

tag

Trailing and getting a man at a bag

Trailing And Getting (TAG)
tagging someone out at a base
aT A baG

At the end of a tail it's an earmark or flag.

Tagging of animals

Giving a touch, give it a name

tagging someone
Giving A Touch (TAG) givinG A Touch

Greatest in code but it's kind of a game

Coding tags
Tag is a game

A part of a lace maybe something you spray

parts of lace are called tags
Tag body spray
Tagging via graffiti

Take a gathering back in advantage I say.

Take A Gathering (TAG)
Back referencing tag backwards in GAThering
AdvanTAGe

also

TAG appears as the first letters to series of words a few times in the pre-text to the poem/riddle. As well as in the title... "Try And Guess"

But wait. There's more.

The first letter of each line reads TAGGAT
"try iT AGain" and "take it in sTAGes"
Man at a baG AT the
The Answer Gets
Took A Good

Wouldn't surprise me if there's more. That's far more than twelve though. ;)

Do I geT A Gold star? Or at least do I geT A Green checkmark?

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Another: The Answer Gets – manshu Mar 12 at 18:39
    
Already covered that. There's a few in the opening para. @manshu – Z. Dailey Mar 12 at 18:39
    
last letters of "at a bag" – manshu Mar 12 at 18:42
    
I will accept body spray although I was thinking graffiti. – Hugh Meyers Mar 12 at 18:44
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Hahahaha. Cuz that'd just be weird. @RossPresser – Z. Dailey Mar 12 at 19:43

Though a green tick was awarded, I was never one to let a good thing go to waste. Therefore, please accept the short addenda following:

Trailing and getting a man at a bag

Trailing is "tagging along"

At the end of a tail it's an earmark or flag.

The colored bit at the end of an animal's tail is a tag. Earmarking and flagging are synonyms for tagging

Greatest in code

HTML and other tags are in angle brackets which look like "greater than" and "less than" sign making the tag look greater than its surroundings.

Giving a touch, give it a name

Tag can also be nickname

So,

Thanks and goodbye is the message I send.
In this couplet that comes as a tag at the end.

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Thanks And Goodbye to a great puzzle - you're it! :) ) – Paul Evans Mar 12 at 21:28
    
@PaulEvans "To A Great puzzle" you mean? That's A Good example of coincidence – manshu Mar 12 at 21:32
    
@manshu Thought about going there and god save me I did! – Paul Evans Mar 12 at 21:37
    
I was happy I got a tag reference in every sentence in the in the intro here. – Hugh Meyers Mar 12 at 21:50
    
@PaulEvans Trying a game to a greater player? Get a Team. – manshu Mar 12 at 21:51

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