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I raze cities and I conquer towns,

I’ll pillage a village and take it all down.

While my wife is up to no good.

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

I am not one to make food.

I don’t belong to a tribe.

Who am I?


HINTS:

1

The answer is a single english word

2

There is a fair bit of wordplay within this poem

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Seems like

Fire

First two lines

self explanatory.

While my wife is up to no good.

I think wife here represents the smoke coming out of fire as its of no use.

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

Sometimes a small fire is taken for granted that further causes huge damage.

I am not one to make food.

Its used for cooking food but not one to make food.

I don’t belong to a tribe.

Dosent belong

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  • $\begingroup$ Not the right answer. Nice attempt though. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 11 '16 at 7:54
  • $\begingroup$ Pillage means to plunder or loot for resources, I don't think a fire does this. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 11 '16 at 11:47
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Maybe you are:

Jeff?

Because:

I raze cities and I conquer towns,

I’ll pillage a village and take it all down.

Hurricane Jeff back in 80's. Hurricanes are bad.

While my wife is up to no good.

Poor Jeff Harlingford aka Jeff the Cuckold.

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

np: Jeff Stadler - I'd Be Mistaken

I am not one to make food.

Jeff Cook is not a cook.

I don’t belong to a tribe.

Jeff Probst does not belong to a tribe.

And about the title:

Jeff Richards is a man and also Canada's most dangerous mind!

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Could be

Storm

While my wife is up to no good.

Wind

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

Storm is mistaken not to have much effect

I am not one to make food.

Disruption of environment does not provide food

I don’t belong to a tribe

No tribe take Storm as their origin

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Could it be

A swarm? Or specifically a swarm of locusts?

I raze cities and I conquer towns,

Locusts could do this I guess?

I’ll pillage a village and take it all down.

Raiding crops etc?

While my wife is up to no good.

Stumped. Could refer to a bee/wasp/hornet queen if the answer is just "a swarm"?

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

locusts look like grasshoppers/crickets? Bees, wasps and hornets look alike?

I am not one to make food.

Well that's bee's out, but the others mostly just take food.

I don’t belong to a tribe.

I belong to a swarm?

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It strikes me that this is a lot like the riddle from the Hobbit, so the answer is

Time

I raze cities and I conquer towns,

I’ll pillage a village and take it all down.

Time eventually destroys all civilization.

While my wife is up to no good.

Father time is traditionally associated with Mother Nature, and so she is "up to no good" represents natural disasters.

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

If you mistake the time, there will be consequences such as being late.

I am not one to make food.

I suppose this line is to rule out fire as an answer.

I don’t belong to a tribe.

This line rules out something else, bandits?

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In my opinion, you are

Tsunami

I raze cities and I conquer towns,

I’ll pillage a village and take it all down.

Tsunami is able to destroy or make everything down

While my wife is up to no good.

Your wife would be the giant waves in tsunami

I am sometimes mistaken, don’t mistake I!

Tsunami vs tidal wave

I am not one to make food.

Tsunami does not make food

I don’t belong to a tribe

Does not

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