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Small mammal – I'm
A
International animal
With four legs, and,
Whiskers. Sharp eyes.
But, it wouldn't do

To totally give up
A
Answer, too readily,
So those are all the
Clues that I am going
To give you; sorry!

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  • $\begingroup$ Are the formats intentional? $\endgroup$ – Alex Aug 25 '15 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ I don't get it. There's an answer that seems obvious to me but there's nothing enigmatic about it.... (So I,m guessing it's wrong) - a bit more info on the format could help. Like Alex said (the obvious answer is that yes the format is intentional, but is example the second A not 'an' so it fits the format or regardless of format would still be A? Because the correct sentence would be 'But it wouldn't do to totally give up an answer too readily.' ) etc.. $\endgroup$ – Spacemonkey Aug 25 '15 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Spacemonkey, the first A should be an An as well. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 25 '15 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ Hi all - I don't want to give any clues as that would spoil the fun, but suffice it to say that I'm happy the poem doesn't need any further editing. The way it's shown above is correct. $\endgroup$ – A E Aug 25 '15 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ Are we supposed to read this in the voice of William Shatner? Because I just can't help myself. $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Aug 25 '15 at 19:51
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Impressive construction!

Count the number of characters, including punctuation and spaces, in each line.

18 1 20 20 21 19
18 1 20 20 21 19

Use the simple alphanumeric cipher 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, etc.

RATTUS
RATTUS

You're Rattus rattus or the black rat!

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I decided to post it anyway:

A Lynx
It's a small mammal (4-legged with whisker) found in northern europe, siberia, asia and north america. Felines are generally known to be the mammals with the best eyesight. The Canadian Lynx is the smallest of all lynx species. They are generally very hard to spot in the wild. But this has nothing to do with an enigmatic-puzzle, so it must be wrong! Sorry*

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice try, but no, I'm afraid that's not the answer I was thinking of. Thanks for getting the ball rolling though! :) $\endgroup$ – A E Aug 25 '15 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ It also LINKS the first stanza to the second stanza...eh? Eh? $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Aug 25 '15 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @BaileyM I thought about that right away (I'm A Lynx (links)) but can't find anything to fit the second one $\endgroup$ – Spacemonkey Aug 25 '15 at 20:25

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