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Dust to dust, an undertaking,
unannounced, from under quaking,
understand our mother's shaking,
unlit hours unawaking.

Embark my flight and take my place,
enjoy a clear breeze on my face,
and broadcast live to my fan base,
escape, I'm gone without a trace.

Ill-conceived was Ian's sacking,
in his coat a gun he's packing,
in the night are sparklers cracking,
woods ignite in judgment's lacking.

All aboard, have a glass and a snack,
the dam and turbines are seen out back,
and after all, it's off a duck's back,
as Adam gets another six-pack.

  1. Find out the one-word answer.
  2. Which paragraph do you least associate with the answer?

Hint:

Each paragraph has an answer. Together the answers point to what type of thing we're looking for. And the four paragraphs together point to the final answer.

Hint #2:

Each paragraph has four clues, one per line.

Hint #3:

The final clue is related to letters and how each paragraph is written.

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Partial Answer

The one word answer to the first part of the puzzle is

Elements

Dust to dust, an undertaking,
unannounced, from under quaking,
understand our mother's shaking,
unlit hours unawaking.

Earth. The lines describe a Earthen burial, earthquake, Mother Earth, and I think a Buddhist belief which hopefully refers to Earth in some way?

Embark my flight and take my place,
enjoy a clear breeze on my face,
and broadcast live to my fan base,
escape, I'm gone without a trace.

Air. The lines describe flying (taking to the air?) and feeling the breeze (catching air?). Air can mean broadcast. The last line could refer to airing something out.

Ill-conceived was Ian's sacking,
in his coat a gun he's packing,
in the night are sparklers cracking,
woods ignite in judgment's lacking.

Fire. Fire can mean to end employment, or discharge a gun. Sparklers are fireworks. Forest fires can be started by bad judgment.

All aboard, have a glass and a snack,
the dam and turbines are seen out back,
and after all, it's off a duck's back,
as Adam gets another six-pack.

Water. The first line refers to a glass of water. Dams and turbines are used for storing water and generating energy. There's an expression "water off a duck's back." Bottled water can come in six-packs.

I don't know the answer to the second part.

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  • $\begingroup$ Looking at this later, there may not have been enough clues to get the second part as written. I should maybe have just gone with the one that you found as the final answer... I'll accept this, but will post my original idea in a separate answer. $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 12 '18 at 6:58
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The answer is:

Natural Disasters War

The first paragraph relates to:

An Earthquake The feeling of the earth shaking as you're being bombed. (Like in the blitz)

The second paragraph relates to:

A Tornado/Hurricane Becoming a fighter pilot, feeling the breeze on your face and having fans (civilians) wave you off to war as you disappear across the channel.

The third paragraph relates to:

Forest Fire? A night time raid on an enemy position that went wrong and caused explosions and fires.

The fourth paragraph relates to:

A Flood (either from a broken dam or a tsunami) Operation Chastise aka Dambuster where they successfully blew up a dam after dropping bouncing bombs which bounced on the water (like water off a duck's back) and they celebrated with a few beers afterwards.

I least associate:

The fourth paragraph as if it's from a broken dam, then it's kind of man-made rather than natural. The third paragraph as at first it sounds like bonfire night with fireworks.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't know. This is all very loose, isn't it? $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 3 '18 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ it's what it made me think of ¯_(ツ)_/¯ $\endgroup$ – AHKieran Oct 3 '18 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ There's a bit more wordplay included in the intended answer. I have added a hint. $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 5 '18 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe have edited my answer $\endgroup$ – AHKieran Oct 5 '18 at 8:59
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I have accepted Ben J's answer, but wanted to post what I originally had in mind.

Each paragraph points to

a classical element (earth, air, fire and water)

and each is written

with three lines starting with a certain vowel (U, E, I, A).

What's been omitted is

O, the remaining one of the five English vowels

which also happens to be

an element, oxygen.

The paragraph you'd least associate with that is

the first one (related to earth). Oxygen is a part of the water molecule, fire requires oxygen to burn, and air contains oxygen.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hm. I had seen the pattern of the verses, but thought that the odd one out in each verse (D, A, W, T) was special. I also tried to take the letters of the verses' answers at the position of these "special" letters, but to no avail. I think this would have worked better if all lines of each stanza has the same letter at the beginning. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 12 '18 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Yeah I agree, that would have been much clearer. $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 12 '18 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ I had the right thing from each paragraph (the names Ian and Adam helped), but didn't think to check what had been omitted. Nice puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Ben J Oct 12 '18 at 12:08

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