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You are what you eat, so I suspect you like sweets, for I think that’s what you are.

A plain figure you have, with rounded sides, a symbol quite bizarre.

I hear the mad hatter gave up tea for you, and you’re hiding in plain sight.

You may be arrested if you push too hard, or are taken affright.

But I would move the earth for you, or then again, maybe not.

Who are you?

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I'd love the answer to be a

heart

You are what you eat, so I suspect you like sweets, for I think that’s what you are.

you think they are a sweetheart (also a candy), and heart contains 'are' rearranged

A plain figure you have, with rounded sides, a symbol quite bizarre.

the $\large\color{red}♥$ symbol, (a stretch produced by keypad Alt + 3 is alternative odd) - I'm missing a clue here

I hear the mad hatter gave up tea for you, and you’re hiding in plain sight.

anagram hatter - t = heart, and hiding in: I hear the

You may be arrested if you push too hard, or are taken afright.

pushing too hard or a fright may cause a cardiac arrest

But I would move the earth for you, or then again, maybe not.

anagram earth to heart, but you don't want the anagram to be hater

Title: An easy riddle at its core

the core is the heart of this matter

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct solution; some different interpretations in the workings to my original intentions (i.e. 1st line, and computer reference in second line, and "missing second half"). $\endgroup$ – JohnLBevan Jun 2 '18 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ I tried a little rearrangement, but am still missing some better explanations! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 2 '18 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ To be honest, I think your workings are better than my originals! I'll share mine now that this is solved, just so you can see my original thoughts... $\endgroup$ – JohnLBevan Jun 2 '18 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ Wow this is clever! :) I thought the answer was going to be ‘apple’, except for the part about the Mad Hatter. $\endgroup$ – Bellatrix Jun 3 '18 at 18:20
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I think you are

the moon

"You are what you eat, so I suspect you like sweets, for I think that’s what you are."

A moon pie is a type of sweet

"A plain figure you have, with rounded sides, a symbol quite bizarre."

Mooncakes are flat and round, usually with a design on the top featuring Chinese characters or elements of nature

"I hear the mad hatter gave up tea for you, and you’re hiding in plain sight."

The moon is a symbol of lunacy

"You may be arrested if you push too hard, or are taken affright."

Mooning (pushing out your bare bum) could get you arrested (thanks @Phylyp!)

"But I would move the earth for you, or then again, maybe not."

The moon moves the tides, but not the earth itself

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice interpretation! For being arrested, I wonder if this might be it? $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Jun 2 '18 at 3:28
  • $\begingroup$ Very nice answer. Sadly not quite what I was shooting for, but clever interpretation. $\endgroup$ – JohnLBevan Jun 2 '18 at 7:23
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    $\begingroup$ Given your profile, I reckon you can decode this to get the right answer. $\endgroup$ – JohnLBevan Jun 2 '18 at 7:34
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Since Tom's already solved the quiz with his excellent answer, I'm sharing my workings here. Some of his reasoning was better than in my original, but sharing mine for all to consider / critique:

"You are what you eat, so I suspect you like sweets, for I think that’s what you are."

You are a sweet; or rather a suit; i.e. Hearts is a suit of cards in the standard deck (♥|♠|♦|♣).

"A plain figure you have, with rounded sides, a symbol quite bizarre."

The heart symbol (❤) is a plain figure (2D shape) with rounded sides. The symbol's quite bizarre given what it represents looks pretty different. Image from http://mentalfloss.com/article/29989/why-dont-valentine-hearts-look-real-hearts

I hear the mad hatter gave up tea for you

mad = anagram (e.g. mixed up).
hatter gave up tea = HATTER - T = HATER.
HEART is an anagram of HATER.

and you’re hiding in plain sight.

Refers back to the start of the sentence, where HEART appears in plain sight:
I HEAR The mad hatter gave up tea for you

You may be arrested if you push too hard, or are taken affright.

If overworked, or a sudden fright causes the heart to race, it may bring on cardiac arrest.

But I would move the earth for you

If you move the letters in EARTH again you get HEART.

or then again, maybe not.

I had a change of heart

Who are you?

A heart

Title: An easy riddle at its core

The word "core" is a synonym for heart

Clue: On this answer I commented: "Very nice answer. Sadly not quite what I was shooting for, but clever interpretation."

That answer suggested the moon
Shooting the moon is a term from the card game Hearts.

Clue: On that same answer I also commented: "Given your profile, I reckon you can decode this to get the right answer".

The user's username is codehearts
If you de-code (remove code from) codehearts you're left with hearts

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  • $\begingroup$ ps. it was just pointed out that I'd been mispronouncing Suit as Suite/Sweet, so my version of that first clue doesn't work! So even bigger congratulations to Tom for finding a version that made sense! $\endgroup$ – JohnLBevan Jun 3 '18 at 22:43

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