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Today I have another puzzle for the community. I will warn that some of the hints are obvious while others are not. You'll need a bit of lateral thinking to complete this one! I hope you all enjoy it; and good luck to everyone!


Let's take a journey, an excursion well known; pay close attention, don't fall down the road.

The weather is crisp, invigorating and fresh; it'll help keep us calm, as we recover from stress.

First stop the river, at the rim of the coast; but we need money, for the marshmallow roast.

Grab the horse shoes, a game of pure skill; and listen to the creatures, croaking a will.

Gather by the fire, it's time for the roast; hand me that pamphlet, with stories of ghosts.

The ranger is posted, in his private shack; remember the tallboy, out in the back.


Hint: Maybe it was unfair of me to not reveal how to solve this puzzle since it is in two parts?

Each line carries a striking resemblance, yet a subtle difference.

Hint: Line six is rather difficult.

The word which you seek, is where the ranger sits; synonyms for tallboy, find me one that fits.

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    $\begingroup$ Hmm where is the acrostic? :) $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Sep 27 '18 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ Good observation @QuantumTwinkie :) $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 27 '18 at 18:55
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    $\begingroup$ While you're at it, which hints are obvious?? $\endgroup$ – SteveV Sep 27 '18 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ I think @Stidgeon should get credit, they figured out most of it! $\endgroup$ – SteveV Sep 28 '18 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ @SteveV I will be awarding Stidgeon a bounty on this one due to that. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 28 '18 at 21:22
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Here is my addition

As pointed out by @Stidgen

TRIP is indicated in the first line, a journey or a fall

@TwoBitOperation added

COOL for the second line, weather and cool down

@TwoBitOperation also added

BANK for the third line, river side and money place

I think the fourth line is

FROG because frog can be a horse shoe or a croaker

The fifth line as given by @Stidgen

CIRCULAR, round and pamphlet

The sixth line is

third try: CABINET, a cabinet post for a ranger perhaps as well as a chest of drawers

The acrostic is

TONGUE as @Stidgen found! Well done! As he points out, please add chocolate.

Trip
cOol
baNk
froG
circUlar
cabinEt

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  • $\begingroup$ +1! Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are correct. Line 6 is not and the acrostic is not a basic acrostic. Lateral thinking will be required. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 28 '18 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @PerpetualJ Added a new guess for 6 $\endgroup$ – SteveV Sep 28 '18 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ Still incorrect for line 6. You're heading in the right direction though! Especially the second half there. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 28 '18 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ @PerpetualJ ok, this one makes more sense $\endgroup$ – SteveV Sep 28 '18 at 20:11
  • $\begingroup$ Nice one on the last clue! $\endgroup$ – Stidgeon Sep 28 '18 at 20:55
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Possible solution...

I think the first two lines refer to:

trip, with two different meanings.

Second line refers to:

chill, again from two meanings.

Fifth line could be:

circular - a circle around the fire, and a pamphlet

NEW EDIT: Building on @TwoBitOperation's summary:

In order, line answers are Trip, cOol, baNk, froGs, circUlar, bottlE. Take the letter corresponding to each line number (as capitalized) to get a diagonal acrostic TONGUE ... Just add chocolate to taste.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! You're correct in that this is referred to by the first line. +1 $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 27 '18 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Since you've edited your post, your main answer is wrong. You'll have to figure out each line before you can find the main answer. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 27 '18 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ The first and fifth lines are correct the second line is really close. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 27 '18 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Well done there Stidgeon! However, the word for line 6 is still incorrect though you've found the acrostic in the intended way! Good find! $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 28 '18 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ I thought that, too, @Stidgeon, but rot13(V pna'g frr jul n enatre or nffbpvngrq jvgu n qerffre) $\endgroup$ – SteveV Sep 28 '18 at 19:24
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From @Stidgeon's work, we know each line refers to

a word with two meanings:

Line 1:

Trip (An excursion or a fall)

Line 2:

Cool (Chilly or Calm)

Line 3:

Bank (River-side or Money-holder)

Line 4:

Cricket (A game of skill or A noisy creature)

Line 5:

Circular (Round or a Pamphlet)

Line 6:

Post (A base of operations or A support for beds/furniture)

This gives the acrostic

TCBCCP

which probably means I'm wrong. But hopefully this helps someone else!

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  • $\begingroup$ Lines 1, 2, 3, and 5 are correct. The acrostic isn't a basic one and requires lateral thinking once all 6 lines have been correctly found. $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 28 '18 at 14:54
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Is it a

camping trip?

Let's take a journey, an excursion well known; pay close attention, don't fall down the road.

A camping trip is a journey, and an excursion.

The weather is crisp, invigorating and fresh; it'll help keep us calm, as we recover from stress.

A camping trip is usually about nature and relaxation.

First stop the river, at the rim of the coast; but we need money, for the marshmallow roast.

I don't understand the first half, but of course there's marshmallows.

Grab the horse shoes, a game of pure skill; and listen to the creatures, croaking a will.

Literal sentence. [Listen to the animals, and let's play horseshoes.]

Gather by the fire, it's time for the roast; hand me that pamphlet, with stories of ghosts.

Storytime by the fire.

The ranger is posted, in his private shack; remember the tallboy, out in the back.

I used a dictionary. Basically, campers in a tent, large can of beer at the back. [I think]

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  • $\begingroup$ Note that excursion means "a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity" based on Google. $\endgroup$ – Alto Sep 27 '18 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ It is not a camping trip but this was really neat answer. +1 $\endgroup$ – PerpetualJ Sep 27 '18 at 23:54

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