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You'll find me clean when something is full,
But mix me up and I'll brighten a room looking dull.

Down a size, I'm one you'd never hire,
But shuffled again and I'm shared 'round a fire.

Reduced once more, and later your insides may ache,
But reworked again and it's your thirst that I'll slake.


Hopefully you didn't have too much trouble solving it. Any and all feedback is welcome!

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You'll find me clean when something is full,

You plate is clean when you are full.

But mix me up and I'll brighten a room looking dull.

An anagram of plate is petal, and flower petals make nice decorations.

Down a size, I'm one you'd never hire,

plate-p=late, A late person

But shuffled again and I'm shared 'round a fire.

An anagram of late is tale, and you share stories around the fire.

Reduced once more, and later your insides may ache,

Late-l=ate/eat, and if you eat to much you can get a stomach ache.

But reworked again and it's your thirst that I'll slake.

An anagram of Eat is Tea, you can drink tea if you are thirsty (Alternate is Ale from OP)

PS, love the puzzle :)

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    $\begingroup$ You nailed it! Well done! There is another answer I would accept for the last line as well, but yours was the more correct of the two $\endgroup$ – Stalemate Of Tuning Mar 4 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ Is it perhaps "Ale"? @StalemateOfTuning $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Mar 4 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, that's it! $\endgroup$ – Stalemate Of Tuning Mar 4 at 20:01

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