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Puzzles that are presented in the form of any of the various types of poetry.

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An ever-changing riddle

To find me, you must first find my pairs, A swarm of creatures, skittering inside walls, Torturing the old way, sometimes using a chair, A powerful figure, there until its empire falls, Or some ...
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A most important riddle

I can burn, I can attack, I can ache, I can break, Add my head, you might find me in a shack, Move my head, you can go on a long trek. I can stop, I can eclipse, I can throb, or be warming, Remove my ...
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What's the minimum number of five letter words that form a haiku, if it's possible at all?

Inspired by Wordle, I wondered if it's possible to have a Wordle game that forms a haiku? The question is in two parts: Is it possible to form a Haiku using only five letter English words (e.g. using ...
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A Ravenous Riddle

I’ve lost a phrase in here, can you find it? Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, ...
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Overlap Deluxe!

My prefix used to levitate a ball When he was just a lowly youth, and small. His friends are not con, but surely quite pro. He's rarely an object, just so you know. My infix will happily take your ...
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Little search for the bored: Find the hidden word

My lovely poem: To won my feisty price You have to ztop the pies We don't wont urban mice We wamt the lumb life, guys! A secret word is hidden in the poem. What is it? Hint:
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An animal, posed in a poem

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite. Do not count my _ _ _ _s It was one originally. But you can spell out A bright star in me! And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction! ...
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Please, Identify the Ated Als

I seek his crypt and come to visit the site of Humpty's fated falls where definitions aren't explicit. But as with most awaited walls, connect the groups and you won't miss it. Please, identify the ...
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Find the 3 Famous Numbers

There are 3 clues hidden in the poem below. Each clue reveals a famous number. Find the 3 famous numbers and explain your answer in detail. By. This. I. reveal three clues displaying The relentless ...
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A Simple Loop with A Poetry?

Who is he really? Please answer this question of mine Starting from the top-leftmost white cell and then You are still going clockwise by Taking the letters where you are turning left but Not, once ...
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Mother Nature's Broken Heart

Mother Nature's broken heart sighs, and in reaction start the tears. The weather without him: feminine wrath; Vestal vim.
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Three odd objects run in a race. How did they fare? How was the chase?

Seven minutes, turn it on Put it under, turn it off Dice it, chop it, lay it out Add meat and bun and pour it out It's an old puzzle But I won't be a muzzle Can you guess what they are And how they ...
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A tribe's misfortune - A short poem

The first day we arrived, under a strong rain, That night we ate pilau, relieving the pain. We asked, soaked and with only land to bribe: "Will ownership help rebuild our tribe?" But they ...
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Imagine a chess board, but seven-eighths wide

My grandfather wrote me this riddle on a napkin when I was 12. It took me more than a year to solve, but I got it eventually. He said I didn't get it until I had explained the sections, so explain ...
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What am I? (round or flat)

What am I? Some call me sphere Some call me flat I am a organism according to some intellectuals Some say I am replaceable with others but for most I am the only one People love me I give the best but ...
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Who am I? - A Historical Identity Riddle

I am a person known throughout the world, And yet my accomplishments that are remembered are like some cosmic joke. I change a piece of clothing just one time! And so I lost the war. My last battle, ...
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Hope and Peace on Earth

Cold and dandy, I shuffled inside Rejecting cheers pealing far and wide. "Total nonsense!" cried my bitter heart, "May these festives forever depart." Cauldron ablaze, my plan in ...
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Yesterday, I Had Tears (return)

Totally inspired by Yesterday I had Tears by @MrPie, thinking I had an answer, it led to a poem of it's own... Riddle Me That: I'm filled with tears, You won't see me cry; I've been seen for years, ...
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What are the Creatures?

You look all around as the darkness has cleared And now in your presence you see something weird Two creatures before you, oh what a strange sight One man is burning and shines brilliant light Next to ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 21): How the Grinch Trolled Quizmas

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Some of the ...
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Please focus, now

Take the helm, be present, remove your bib, and do not blink for the Dane is coming and you must have your witz about you. Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 (enigmatic-puzzle spoiler)
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Does this contain a cosmic riddle?

I have recently returned from travelling the globe, and while I saw many sights on my Ulyssian adventure, one in particular remains with me... While walking through an ancient Middle Eastern cave ...
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The times they are a-changin'

Nude, tall and blue, Yellow's new love, Owl too, though late, Under the hood, Symmetry in motion, outlawed, good. This is my first yadu, enjoy!
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A Far Eastern Poem

You insist I should take one Ten I shall take as I won. Tendencies are like a corpse Fire spreads over entire course. Fighting as they found a hole Bamboos grow on land as whole. Bamboozling, I take ...
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A rhyming riddle: "Line them up in order..."

Line them up in order, And into teams as well. Each of them’s a character, Under someone’s spell. Some have foreign accents And put on different things: A cute hat, something grave, Tails and dots and ...
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The Tale of Two Teams

A proverb and a myth, I will tell you a tale of two teams. I saw them last night in my dreams. The one team was sleeker, but started much weaker, The other was strong from the start. Yes, the other ...
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The Mantra Riddle

A sentence that can never fail A broken foot without its tail Almost there... reverse one sound By turns mundane and quite profound. The mantra is your compass then Your watch to know exactly when It ...
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As Slaughter Crept unto the Sheep

Turn in my lord! Turn in my lord! But water I cannot afford. Some milk is best at your request. Now hide you and get you some rest. But as he sleep, to him she creep, As slaughter crept unto the ...
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The Poem of Love and Grace [closed]

Here is a simple poetry riddle I just thought up. Enjoy! A king, so great, lives fifteen years more, A giant, so mighty, his power so easily tore. A shepherd, in the wild, a stick to a snake, A death,...
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The Abysmal King

What was the king's name (missing from the riddle), but more interestingly, what was the king trying to hide? Slay me now, and take a solemn vow, Men can't say I might have died this way, Thrust ...
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They Couldn't Sit Down 'Till They Got It Out of Town

What are the missing words, but most importantly, what is "it"? They couldn't sit down 'till they got it out of town To send it back was nice, But who'd have bet the odds, They'd send it ...
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O Cryptic! My Cryptic!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix Please find below a poetic cryptic crossword. A very tiny cryptic crossword, because each cryptic clue is a poem. I must beg your ...
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What is poetry, What is time, What is rhythm, What is rhyme?

The sun that hides underneath his belt, a new horizon, that none shall melt. What is a bird that never flies, or a heart that never dies? Can a man be saved by grace alone, or runs a river that cries. ...
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Many teal, or winter water [closed]

What is the name of many teal or winter water, mating birds, or early travelers?
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My sister has gone Puzzled again

I once got a letter from my younger sister. It reads :- Hello brother, How are you? I am fine. I have seen you have given me a lot of gifts, thank you for that. Here's a present from my side. Since I ...
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Don't close me, I'm dangerous

I haven't written a riddle in a while, and my New Year's resolution is "make more puzzles," so here is a quick little riddle for you! Dragon or demon, locked in its pen, But without even ...
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A Cryptic Morality Tale

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" So this puzzle uses the term cryptic in multiple senses. On the one hand, it is cryptic in the sense that there are ...
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Can you name my sister?

I was always useless at memorising poetry and stuff. I tried putting the poems into my own words as a reminder. The problem is that I only remember my versions now and have forgotten the originals! ...
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Kaboom-y numbers!

Here is a new type of puzzle poem I made. Enjoy! Note: The title is named like that for a reason. I have a number in mind, it is super cool, But there's something you need to know, or you will find ...
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A riddle that is dear to me

I am but a basic, simple thing, But joy to the hearts of many I do bring. I am made up of four, without them I'm not, If you name them first, then me you will spot. To my first, you may not give a ...
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Discover the wizard's weakness

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A Hand-picked Piece

Another riddle from ~ Words That Get Stuck In MacGyver88's Head ~(:P) The following is but a novice trial. No points expected nor a prize to win. For thoughts to paper helps to cease the rile. ...
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Who am I? - Some riddle as a poem

Earth-born out of bloody love, unsure, though, if this is true. Above spans the old and rules the sky in first generation. Lots of children coming after, some from mother, no from other. Four sons ...
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What am I, and what's the missing word?

What am I, and therefore what is the missing word?: I was one amongst thousands but I was the lucky one; I came through those doors and saw you. Eyes glazed with contentment from courses consumed, yet ...
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The Sound After

Oh, my beautiful lady first There goes away the thirst If today were not this blue There would be a direct clue Oh, please look at this mirror Then you'll see me no error If people called us twins ...
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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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What does Caesar salad do if you leave it in the sun? (----)

What greeting to use with a bee when approaching its lair? (-) What thing do relief sculptor DJs drop, pumping it too? (---) What insect do little old ladies purl all through their hair? (----) ...
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Today I give you a mathematical pleasure, which you might want to take up and measure (What am I?)

Today I give you a mathematical pleasure, which you might want to take up and measure. With a pole, or a hole, oh well, you might want to read up on Borel. My spirit can always be found in myself, ...
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Only one who sees without seeing can solve this riddle

The wise Dao teacher Jape-Dze has left numerous poems and texts, but this one untitled work he did not complete, leaving just a scribble as the last line. Many have tried to decipher the scribbles, ...
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(2) There once was an item

...it has a very short life But goes calmly and smoothly, little-to-no strife. And even as it passes it becomes something new, Changing shape constantly 'til there's nothing to view. Depending where ...
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