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Assemble, fine puzzlers, and hear my tale

I promise, I won't be long

You've seen many puzzles, and tried to prevail

Some were right, and many were wrong.

Today I give you a new type of puzzle,

One that is sure to astound.

You'll have to be flexing every last muscle,

Searching high, low, all around.

For the solution to this vexing verse

Lies not within this page

You'll have to search outside, or worse:

Farther in... how strange?

I've laid the base of helpful clues

Although you never knew it

Just one more clue to light the fuse

So don't you look straight through it!

You know me as the meta-puzzler

At least, some of you do..

Those of you who've known me longer

Have a bit less work to do.

So go on! Start your searching

There's oh so much work to do

I'll continue creeping and lurking,

So do ask if you must have a clue.

HINT #1

Though your instincts tell you not to,
Listen to the words I say.
Lingering here will never help you,
Your instincts lead you astray.

HINT #2

Seven clues I've given you
And Seven clues you've solved
Though they might seem like nothing new
They're meant to be involved

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    $\begingroup$ (+1): I love the rhyming! Well done! :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jul 15 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Not so much, I can't even fathom how you came up with that. Keep up the effort though! $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 16 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Cubemaster rot13(gur bayl yrggre abg hfrq va gur cbrz vf 'd'. hfrshy be abg?) and are you sure there isnt a wordplay tag? thanks! $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jul 16 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Unfortunately, nope. Just an arbitrary amount of underscores $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 16 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ And there is no wordplay tag here! Though I like your style of analyzing it. Gives me some good ideas for the future. $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 16 at 12:13
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Is the answer

Parseltongue? That is, the name of the user who submits the answer.

You've seen many puzzles, and tried to prevail
Some were right, and many were wrong.

Presumably, any user who finds the answer has seen many a puzzle, and has submitted many right and wrong answers

You'll have to be flexing every last muscle,
Searching high, low, all around.

I happen to have huge muscles

For the solution to this vexing verse
Lies not within this page
You'll have to search outside, or worse:
Farther in... how strange?

The solution lies within. It's yourself!

I've laid the base of helpful clues
Although you never knew it
Just one more clue to light the fuse
So don't you look straight through it!
You know me as the meta-puzzler

Don't look straight through. Look at the reflection. You are the meta-solution.

At least, some of you do..
Those of you who've known me longer
Have a bit less work to do.

Nobody knows you longer than yourself

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I wish I had thought of that! Would have made for a great answer, but not what I'm looking for. Think bigger $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 16 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ "I happen to have huge muscles" The snake flexes ;) +1 $\endgroup$ – im_so_meta_even_this_acronym Jul 16 at 6:08
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    $\begingroup$ That moment when the OP's answer is wrong and the answerer's is correct ;) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jul 18 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ Witty answer, hahaha. Shame I ran out of upvotes. Will upvote when I can :P $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Jul 18 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ A mighty fine answer, though not the right one. A bounty for you anyway! $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 25 at 12:29
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This is only a partial answer.

Taking hint #2, that cubemaster has given seven clues that have been solved, together with the meta-puzzling clue, and that the clues are not on this page took me to cubemasters previous puzzles, among which are titles relating to numbers 1-7.

We are the first inhabitants

Tectonic Plates / Rocks

As the seconds add up I get further away

Yesterday

I am the last of the three

Future

When I'm called forth, times must be tough (assuming an intended forth/fourth pun)

Heartache

I am the fifth of my kind

Renaissance

Harnessed by the 6th day

Fire

I exist in the middle of the seven

Greenhouse

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a great spot! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 26 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm quite an interesting theory... $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 26 at 15:30
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In my opinion, the answer is:

Somebody

How I got there you probably ask, Well....

I myself am not sure of this, just read the text backwards (from the end to the beginning) and it made me think that this is the answer,

especially the following lines:

Searching high, low, all around.

For the solution to this vexing verse

Lies not within this page

You'll have to search outside, or worse:

Farther in... how strange?

I've laid the base of helpful clues

means:

So if it's familiar to someone who knows you it's probably someone who has watched your profile,But actually you said that only some of those who know you- This is probably alluding to those who have studied your profile well and seen your ranking among all users. And just on this page you have to look up and down and find the answer:**enter image description here**

I hope this is indeed the answer you were looking for, but even if it is not good that there is an opportunity to wish you congratulations on your being in: top 8% this year🎉

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  • $\begingroup$ This is an extremely clever answer. +1 $\endgroup$ – Parseltongue Jul 25 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ You guys are making me rethink my own answer! Not quite what I'm looking for, but a quite excellent alternative for sure! $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 26 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ And thanks for the congrats, btw. Been a great year! Maybe next year I can work on actually learning how to solve puzzles, rather than just make them! $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jul 26 at 13:21
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I tried to comment on Fillet's answer so that they take most of the credit, but I don't have enough reputation points. So this is a continuation of that answer. Is the answer:

Puzzler --- Instead of the word future, Cubemaster mentioned he was looking for tomorrow. Which means there is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 11 letter count word. We are missing a 7 letter word. Puzzler fits.

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  • $\begingroup$ But YESTERDAY and HEARTACHE are both 9 letters long... If 'future' is actually TOMORROW (8) then we are missing a 6 and a 7, with two 9s... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 30 at 21:29

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