This is my shopping list:

A chocolate bar,
some meat that's raw,
something cheap,
and an apple core.

Will you help me?


To help answer the question, you could seek the assistance of a doctor that prescribes questionable treatments.

Update: The puzzle has almost been completed by Rand al'Thor. Here is a hint for the final step:

Stop being so nice.

Update #2: I've accepted the answer, although the last step was not completed. The answer to the final question, "will you help me?", was:

Nay (neigh)

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    $\begingroup$ "cheap" is an anagram of "peach", but there are no particularly compelling anagrams of the others, unless you're buying brothel cacao and a cereal pop to go with that peach in your shopping basket. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 '18 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ It appears anagrams can't help. Is there something else about the word "cheap"? Perhaps the aforementioned doctor provides a clue. $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 23 '18 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ I assume the hint refers to a rot13(dhnpx), but can't see how that's useful ... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 '18 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ It's difficult to say more without giving the game away. What kind of a word is rot13(dhnpx)? Are there similar words here? $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 23 '18 at 14:17

Potential answer:

the last word of each line of the puzzle is a homophonic reference to the noise made by an animal.

More specifically:

A chocolate bar --> baa (sheep)
some meat that's raw --> roar (lion)
something cheap --> cheep (chick)
and an apple core --> caw (crow).

Of course, this fits perfectly with the hint:

"a doctor that prescribes questionable treatments" is a quack (duck).

The OP says I still need to figure out the last line: "Will you help me?"

I'm a bit stumped here. Is it as simple as "go to a zoo" to find these animals? Maybe "Will you help me(w)" --> cat?

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    $\begingroup$ Oh, of course! And the doctor must be Dr. Dolittle, who -- judging by his name -- wouldn't be very helpful. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Mar 23 '18 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ ...Oh, or that works too. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Mar 23 '18 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ You are almost there! You just need to answer the question posed: Will you help me??? $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 23 '18 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Statman Oh, I didn't even realise that bit was meaningful ... edited with a couple of guesses, but I'm probably still missing something. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 '18 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps Rot13(lvc yvxr n sbk)? Even living in the countryside, I can't think of any closer than that... $\endgroup$ – Fifth_H0r5eman Mar 23 '18 at 14:51


Ewe will help you, it will be able to give you a chocolate baa

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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I get it now. Good attempt, but the answer fits better with the rest of the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 24 '18 at 10:47

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