My first poem’s response was poor.

Perhaps solving it was a bore,
But I do not feel sore

Because I find it fun,
And I’ve plenty more

For you to explore
Like this one!
Although a bit of a chore
Matching the rhyme to score,

The puzzle scheme’s the core
So get your butt up off the floor,
And practice up your lore.
To Puzzling Stack you’ll stun,
When your answer’s won,
So don’t grimace in rancor,

And answer fast, ______!
Now’s your chance for grandeur,
Your up-votes will be overrun
With your answer above done.
And your loving fans adore
The elegance of its lure.

Fill in the blank or
Tell me what it could be.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, lure does not technically rhyme with poor, sore, chore, etc... but it's the best I could come up with. Let's all pretend it does! $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ Are "grandeur" and "amour" also meant to rhyme with all those -ore things? I assumed those and "lure" were meant to be a separate rhyme ending. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I had to get creative.. only so many things rhyme with one another on so many lines. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ How about "and your loving fans adore", to fix at least one of them? (“Amour” isn’t even a verb, after all.) $\endgroup$
    – Ry-
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ Nice, love the update. Making the change. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:34

3 Answers 3


Here goes...

I've got the pattern figured out thanks to the recent edit, but I'm still unsure about the actual answer.

The pattern:

If you assume that A=1, B=2, and so forth, the poem is written with rhymes following the "look and say" pattern, whereby each successive number (or stanza in this case) is how you would say the previous one. For example, the number 12 would be said "one one and one two," therefore the next number would be 1112. The actual pattern in the poem is: 1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, _12211, 13... making the missing number a 3. This means that it should rhyme with the "C" type lines, and the only other one we have ends in "be".

My problem:

I can't think of anything indicative of the pattern that rhymes with "be". Wikipedia tells be that it is also known as the "Cuckoo's Egg" and was developed by John Conway, but neither of these rhyme. There is, however, a similar sequence called the "pea pattern".

So my answer is:

"It's (almost) Pea"

Edit: Fixed some sentence errors.

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    $\begingroup$ Excellent work noticing the Look-And-Say Pattern! It's possible that the OP didn't have a specific word in mind, which is why they wrote "fill in the blank or tell me what it could be" rather than explicitly asking for a missing word. $\endgroup$
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 23:43
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    $\begingroup$ Also, FYI, I don't think you need to add in-answer edit updates, especially on so recent a post. The edit history is saved and open for all to view in the edit link. $\endgroup$
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I nearly put my own name as the answer just because it fit! I figured I would grasp at something related just in case :) $\endgroup$
    – Cody
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 23:45

How about

PSE user Rand al'Thor


I picked something relevant to PSE that fit the rhyme. It was either going to end with "-one" or "-or," and I went with the latter because it is better represented by other lines of the poem.

Other things that fit:

numbers that end with 'four', i.e. "And answer fast, twenty four!
fire door
I found Rand al'Thor to be the most relevant.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks :-D But this might need a better explanation for how it fits the riddle ... $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ I think the puzzle is in figuring out which set of lines it’s going to rhyme with, though? $\endgroup$
    – Ry-
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:25
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    $\begingroup$ If that was the case, a pattern tag would be appropriate $\endgroup$
    – Matt
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ Pattern tag added, but think before you start making 50/50 guesses. If it were that easy it wouldn't be much of a riddle. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:32

Oh boy, lets see...

Heretofore? Theretofore? Before? Evermore? M'lord? Sophomore? Mi amor? I implore? Señor? Explore? Build rapport? LABRADOR? STEGOSAUR?!

There's far too many possible answers to narrow down just one. Might try again if none of these fit but, I reiterate, oh boy.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid you've not figured out the riddle to the riddle. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ Due to the fact that I don't have the reputation to comment on anything that isn't my own answer, I'll have to ask you here @mkinson Is the 'but' in line 11 purposely misspelled? Additionally, should the 'lure' in line 21 be 'allure'? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 8:41
  • $\begingroup$ Supposed to be butt, nice catch. And lure is fine, as it is a synonym to entice, though it's the rhyme that matters more than the word itself. Allure would have worked just as well. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ My point exactly. When pronounced, 'allure' has the ... somewhat -ore sound ending the rhyme has been following, whereas 'lure', at least where I'm from, sounds more like -err. Regardless, they both get the point across. Thank you for the clarification. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ The "lure" in the word "allure" is pronounced identically to the word lure. $\endgroup$
    – mkinson
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 21:10

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