The game is to fill in the blank with a word or few - no more than three. No tricksy nonsense. No hidden meanings. No "lateral thinking". In fact, only vertical, parallel, dorsal, collinear, and/or perpendicularly derived answers will be accepted.

At the end, name the apparent theme (for the last blank). Then, name the most bizarre variation you've encountered, along with your personal go-to choice. Answer now!

And don't forget not to spoil the fun for others!

Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures

How popular, you with a piquant manner,
And boldly do you raise the banner.
It might just be some strange bologna?
The consensus garnish is

Alone or in harmony with the aforementioned,
Sliced, earthy gifts for the well-intentioned...
Kids don't enjoy them in their school lunchroom,
But fun guys tolerate the humble

Sometimes the minimum ain't enough.
Above and beyond's how they want the stuff.
"A bit more sprinkled, if you please."
Some like theirs with

What's this you smell (and hold your nose)?
"Somethings fishy," you'll presuppose.
Surely, folks who like them have multiple neuroses.
Who actually relishes canned

It's fresh like IHOP's Rooty Tooty
But feeling merely half as fruity.
Pig out on the rest with an iced tea Snapple®.
My lady's fave must be

Now, I'm of a simpler taste: just the classics.
No need for leftovers resembling some plastics.
Plus, there's less grease in keeping it simple.
Perhaps I'll avoid an extraneous pimple.
The ignorant take it for a well sauced pita.
I stand by the original,

So sorry to bore you with my keen obsession.
It could be the product of sex-'shul repression.
Still, life's greatest treats are but simple pleasure,
Variety adding the spice for good measure.
I don't mean to continue with this name-dropping;
Time to cease listing forms of

  • $\begingroup$ +1 already, but just to be clear: is each verse referring to a particular form of [something], and you want people both to fill in the blanks and to find out what this "something" is (filling in the last blank)? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, each verse's blank is a form of the last verse's blank. Sorry for the awkward wording. Basically, last verse's answer is the theme for all the others. $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ It wasn't cyanide level, I realize, but hope it was fun. I'm hungry. Time for lunch. Guess what I'm having. $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:35
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Definitely a fun riddle! :-) And if it's lunchtime, I deduce you're in America [\sherlock] $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 20:37

The consensus garnish is


But fun guys tolerate the humble


Some like theirs with

extra cheese

Who actually relishes canned


My lady's fave must be

ham and pineapple

I stand by the original,


Time to cease listing forms of

pizza toppings

Most bizarre variation I've encountered:

seafood (from an Asian Pizza Hut)

My go-to choice:


  • $\begingroup$ You're missing half of #3 and #5. #3 has another word, and #5 has two more. $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ @tjbtech Completed #3 and #5. For #5, "Pig out" is a clue for ham. $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow Nov 30 '14 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ 4 minutes earlier. That's what I get for leaving the window open and not refreshing :P +1 $\endgroup$ – mdc32 Nov 30 '14 at 20:33

The seventh and final blank, which gives the theme, is surely

pizza topping!

The first blank (I did see mdc32 and pacoverflow's answers for this one!):


Second blank is

mushroom ("fun guys" is a hint to this, since it sounds like 'fungi').

Third blank could be

extra cheese?

Fourth blank could be

anchovies? (doesn't quite rhyme with neuroses, but "fishy" is a hint to this).

Fifth blank is probably

ham and pineapple (a weird but popular pizza topping; "pig out" is a hint to this).

Sixth blank must be

margherita (this was the easiest, since it's "just the classics".

The most bizarre variation I've encountered is definitely

a fried egg.

My go-to choice:

I love olives on pizza!

  • $\begingroup$ I hate to be picky, but you're only half-right on #3. Impressed you got #6 so quickly, though! $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:21
  • $\begingroup$ @tjbtech - Have I got it now? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ Sure do, but Paco barely beat you to it. Still +1! $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ @tjbtech - Thanks! I've just made my final edit. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '14 at 20:34

As rand'al'thor said, the last one is

Pizza topping

I think I have them figured out though.

1: Pepperoni
2: Mushroom
3: Extra cheese
4: Anchovies?
5: Ham and Pineapple (Hawaiian pizza is great)
6: Margherita

My personal favorite is

Bacon and garlic sauce. They have it at Domino's (I know, quality pizza), and it's the best I've ever had.

Weirdest variation? None. I'm pretty mainstream, sorry.

  • $\begingroup$ You are also missing part of #5. Two more words, but so close! $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Everyone gets +1s, huzzah! But do tell the strangest and your fav, if you still care to. $\endgroup$ – tjbtech Nov 30 '14 at 20:33

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