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A tabby ate a country lane-
And nothing more. Can you explain
An edit mark? It may be said
A pirate word is found. In bed,
Vehicular decay may suit.
Incentive is a crunchy root.

The solution is a single English word.

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I believe the word is:

CARROT

"A Badly Punctured Riddle: Stick With It"

Reference to Carrot and Stick perhaps? As motivation? Edit: Probably not correct, but is 'Badly Punctured' perhaps referring to the letters "A,R,R,O" which have 'holes' in them?

A tabby ate a country lane- And nothing more. Can you explain

Tabby is an orange coloured cat. The word CArroT is surrounding by the word Cat- reference to the tabby 'eating' something. Country lane can be 'rural road' or RR. Add nothing i.e. "O" So CAT eats RRO. (Thanks Tom!)

An edit mark? It may be said

A ^ is an edit mark named "Caret", a homophone of carrot

A pirate word is found. In bed,

A pirate word "arr" found in bed, a "cot"

Vehicular decay may suit.

Car - Rot

Incentive is a crunchy root.

Carrot on a stick is a phrase for an incentive. Carrot is a crunchy root.

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    $\begingroup$ RRO may be = RR (Rural Route) + O (and nothing more) $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Mar 28, 2017 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ Add in Tom's comment and you get the tick. Mention the title and make me happy. :-) $\endgroup$ Mar 28, 2017 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ I can't explain "badly punctured" but "stick with it" might also be a reference to "carrot on a stick" - "stick with carrot [on the end]" $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 28, 2017 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidRicherby The phrase carrot on a stick is meant to signify something you want dangling out in front of you, usually as an incentive. While it's not relevant to this, Minecraft literally uses the phrase as riding a pig while holding a 'carrot on a stick' will allow you to direct the pig as he is trying to reach the desired item (carrot) but it keeps dangling out in front of him, no matter how much he moves towards it. $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Mar 28, 2017 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidRicherby "Carrot on a stick is a similar, but separate, idiom. It refers to a policy of offering a reward for making progress towards benchmarks or goals but not necessarily ever actually delivering." - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot_and_stick $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Mar 28, 2017 at 15:03
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The answer is

CARROT.

A tabby ate a country lane-
And nothing more. Can you explain

A CAT ate a RRO (which maybe means "country lane" somehow?)

An edit mark? It may be said

Caret is a synonym ("may be said").

A pirate word is found. In bed,

ARR is found in COT.

Vehicular decay may suit.

CAR ROT.

Incentive is a crunchy root.

A carrot is a crunchy root, and can be used metaphorically as incentive.

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