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Be gone in times of death's long passing,

Henry Atwood s****d his neck,

Hath reeds knocked against thee?

If our fathers knew, then winds they blew,

The sixth of candles burned my eyes,

Horrors even among us,

Leigh tries to eat a stone,

The canine or the cat spat,

Pay attention to the ghoul that weeps.

NOT PART OF THE RIDDLE:

Your number is up, and it's missing. Wary the word second. Try to figure it out.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm kinda confused about the riddle. What are the asterisks for? $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2017 at 4:33
  • $\begingroup$ oh no, the astericks are because it was meant to be 'Henry Atwood sliced his neck', but I was trying to keep it PG rated. $\endgroup$
    – natural
    Jun 21, 2017 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, ok. I was trying to figure out what the word was, but couldn't. I'm pretty sure 'sliced' is PG though. $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2017 at 4:35
  • $\begingroup$ it was either slashed or sliced, i can't remember, but still tryin to keep it PG rated. $\endgroup$
    – natural
    Jun 21, 2017 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ Ok; great puzzle! $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2017 at 4:37

1 Answer 1

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The missing number is

five.

Every line

"counts" in the sense of containing a number. The numbers run from one ("Be gONE ...") to ten ("Pay atTENtion ...") but five is missing; we go from "iF OUR fathers ..." to "The SIXthe of candles ...".

The final line:

the "number" is literal; all the numbers overlap the second words of their lines; and "figure" is of course a pun.

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    $\begingroup$ I reckon this was too easy. $\endgroup$
    – natural
    Jun 21, 2017 at 1:32

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