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Font Fest

Styles of writing
are not what this is about,
only one (and eleven...) is the key
keeping it single, no doubt.

Curvy and wavy,
I make things more,
onomatapeic,
I slide on the floor.

You're looking for one letter
or is it a number?
Get on with it -
Rise from your slumber!

NEW Addition:

'Font Fest' is not a string of letters,
...numbers - is more like it,
The missing one is the key,
So go and find it!

@shree.Pat18 got it bang on,
but clues he's still missing - no hate,
oh, and by the way,
eleven is now twenty-eight.



There are at least 9 clues hidden in the rhyme. Try and find them all!

HINT:

We're looking for a letter of the alphabet.
That letter completes the header ('Font Fest') of the poem which will answer some of the clues...

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Answer is

S

Curvy and wavy, I make things more

's' is a common suffix to make plurals.

onomatapeic, I slide on the floor.

That would a hissing snake.

Also,

the dollar sign ($) looks almost identical to the letter S.

Related to the above,

the single and double vertical lines are both acceptable variants of the dollar symbol

which ties back to only one (and eleven...) is the key

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    $\begingroup$ "Or is it a number" -> 5 is written almost the same as S $\endgroup$ – user2390246 May 19 '16 at 10:58
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    $\begingroup$ Yes... that is correct! However, you need to find all the clues. Try starting with how it 'completes' the header :-) $\endgroup$ – Ben May 19 '16 at 11:37
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    $\begingroup$ 'rise from your slumber' the S key is above the Z (zzzz - sleep) key on QWERTY keyboard. $\endgroup$ – Eborbob May 19 '16 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ This may be unintentional, however, OP uses ellipsis in his riddle. 3 dots in morse code is the letter S. $\endgroup$ – LiamH May 19 '16 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ 'seeing through your dollar' refers to the vertical bar / I / eye / seeing combined with the letter S to make a dollar symbol $. Though thinking about it now shouldn't it be 'NOT seeing through your dollar', i.e. remove the I from a dollar to get the letter? $\endgroup$ – Eborbob May 19 '16 at 13:26
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My try (partial. I'm working on the rest of the clues):

The letter A.

Seeing through your dollar

The 1$ bill has the "funny" pyramid that looks like an A.

Styles of writing are not what this is about,

The riddle can be about writing, but this is not the case, see rest of my guesses

only one (and eleven...) is the key

A as in Ace can be 1 or 11 on Black Jack

keeping it single, no doubt.

When playing Black Jack and you get 2 aces, you should split them.

Curvy and wavy, I make things more, onomatapeic,

A when pronounced a s "Eeeeyyy" can be an onomatopoeic

I slide on the floor.

guessing it's the Ace floor detergent

You're looking for one letter

Yes. A is a letter

or is it a number?

A represents 10 in base 16

Get on with it - Rise from your slumber!

Rise and became an Ace, maybe?

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  • $\begingroup$ On "only one (and eleven...) is the key", 3 ones(1 or I) can build letter "A". $\endgroup$ – Mekalikot May 19 '16 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ nice thinking :-) however not the answer intended. Spot on with it being a letter of the alphabet... However, the answer fits all clues better... $\endgroup$ – Ben May 19 '16 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ Note that ACE is a chain of hardware stores, so they have tons of products. It's not like they are known for the floor cleaner. $\endgroup$ – JPhi1618 May 19 '16 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ @JPhi1618. Aha...but they have it. :). I was shooting in the dark there. Anyway, the op confirmed that my answer is not the correct one. $\endgroup$ – Marius May 19 '16 at 17:08
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My guess is

I

Seeing through your dollar

The all-seeing "eye" (sounds like 'I')

Styles of writing are not what this is about,

Italics

only one (and eleven...) is the key

'I' is 1 in Roman numerals. (not sure about eleven, maybe 'II')

keeping it single, no doubt.

'I' is the first person singular subject pronoun.

Curvy and wavy,

a curvy I is like an 'S'

I make things more,

Add 's' for pluralisation

onomatapeic, I slide on the floor.

Snakes look like the letter 'S'

You're looking for one letter

I

or is it a number?

I is the Roman numeral for 1.

Get on with it -

"Aye-aye"

Rise from your slumber!

Could be referring to action on the part of "I".

There are at least 9 clues hidden in the rhyme. Try and find them all!

'I' is the ninth letter of the alphabet

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