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Curse you, wrinkled beast and bug!
Non-electric stifling plug!
Gross and slimy, like a slug!
Low of rank and low degree.
Most at times your host shall be.
Robert Smith’s unknown to thee!

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Are you

The common cold?

Curse you, wrinkled beast and bug!

rhinovirus ==> wrinkled beast = rhino, bug = virus

Non-electric stifling plug!

stopped up nose

Gross and slimy, like a slug!

runny nose

Low of rank and low degree.

common (low rank) and low degree fever may be associated with a cold (cold is also defined by low temperature/degree)

Most at times your host shall be.

I don't know my host, but perhaps he's cold all the time?

Robert Smith’s unknown to thee!

Robert Smith is a member of The Cure. No cure for the common cold.

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  • $\begingroup$ The first line was clueing (rot13) euvabivehf, otherwise great. Congrats! Edit that in for the tick. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 1 '18 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ (Not necessary for the tick, I was thinking low degree -> low temperature -> cold.) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 1 '18 at 17:08

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