Questions tagged [poetry]

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

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Games Are Devillish

Wonder if anybody can get this... (This is my first puzzle with this format; apologies if I made it too easy or hard.) My prefix will scare you, My infix will restrict you, And my suffix will ...
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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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Who/What am I? A riddle poem of satire

I'm gigantic and pedantic, I come in many parts. Some see me as rigorous, but I'm unspokenly ridiculous. I like to guess and play, when it's my turn to say. I'm power-law distributed, not all ...
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A consequence of Ubiety

Here's a poem/riddle I wrote called "A consequence of ubiety" I'll post the second half which is the answer in poem form a few days from now. ...
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Await your command, what am I?

I'm not an idea, but I stand in those shoes Can't count the times that I've been used Sometimes I'm seen, sometimes I'm not But when I die, I won’t be forgot You hold of high ...
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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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Stop, and stop now

Oh hang thee, I do, from the rafters above; Though I'll often do my utmost to support thee from below. Sometimes I'm wont to leave thee waiting in ears; But as a rule, I'm a beast, telling thee ...
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I relate two or more entities

My prefix will lay you to rest And is also a legitimate prefix My infix may be pretence And is a prefix of my suffix My suffix can be performed It may relate to moving I relate two or ...
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My suffix is infantile paralysis

My prefix is a parking lot for ________, My suffix is infantile paralysis with a _______. If you remove the letter ____ from my whole, You get the anagram of the property of water. What ...
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My worth's never none

Melodically speaking, my worth's never none; Proportionally speaking, I'm a downer if under one; I'm wont to overlap; Or get up in a snap; But when I am used, I hope it's not for a ton. ...
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I greet the unfortunate, but my occurrence is seldom welcome

My first half is usually sturdy The second is mostly relative If the first is not well maintained I shall greet it with the second Hint #1 Hint #2 Hint #3
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The cook was fired!

What word am I looking for? The cook is fired! Decay! The baker's dozen! I need a new job. Hint #1: Hint #2:
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My subordinates keep my sanity in check

I’m neither a star nor a planet But my subordinates surround me They keep my sanity in check If more were to join, I become pessimistic If some were to leave I‘m overly optimistic Who am I? ...
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A person of station

I stand tall yet remain grounded. I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation. I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded. With jubilation, I am destined for ...
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I treat the wounded

My prefix heats My infix greets My suffix is elite The wounded, I treat Hint
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What lesson did he learn?

Kevin is a vegan. But not the good kind of vegan. The kind that insists everyone in his neighborhood needs to stop cooking meat at dinner time so he can run outside. Kevin pushed everyone around him ...
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I'm in lips or in hair

Sometimes I like to be part of the game; Sometimes I'm part of an exercise name. I'm in lips or in hair; I'm afield so beware; I'm in many a place but direct is never my aim. What am I?
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I am either the cause or effect of devastation

I am either the cause or effect of devastation Drop a letter, I may serve, judge or contain.
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To unlock the stage

Sometimes I'm needed when you go out to dine; Sometimes I mean to hurt or malign; But in today's age; To unlock the stage; I grant you the power to steer through the vine. What am I? Edit: I ...
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One has an end; the other has both

Two words you hear, sound same to the ear, But their spelling and meaning differ. One has an end; the other has both, They are seldom uttered together.
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Part of the word is an outdated person

My prefix is the action of doing an action in the past My suffix is one in a hundred If you take a part of my prefix and put it together with my infix and suffix, I almost got a 'P'ed on ...
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Save me for later

I can be single; I can grind you down; I can hold many words; I can mean up-and-down. What am I?
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My name is akin to my size

My name is akin to my size Each can be complex or concise I remain within gaze In front of your face Observable under the right eyes My true prefix is one of a kind My infixes are ...
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My choice, you can’t refuse

Take part, you may win Go fast if you choose Some see me in your skin My choice, you can’t refuse
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I’m used when nature commands

My prefix deserves a pay My infix is high in demand My postfix permits a stay I’m used when nature commands
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A shocker in soccer, pt. 3

I can be sticky but you must be picky; Many of me define the key, of a galaxy; I'm a type when I'm ripe; And you must pay a tax when I'm in stacks. What am I? Note: This riddle takes the ...
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For some I’m four, and to others, even more

My prefix is money My infix is workforce My suffix if corrected Refers to some source Some say I’m three And to some I’m four To some, I’m many To others, even more
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Feed me less to use me more

One half is a little less than kind The other is likely to ease your mind Hint:
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For my suffix, I'm just a prey

My prefix sells some goods My infix is proud My suffix lurks in the woods My voice can be loud In the ancient times, I pave the way But for my suffix, I’m just a prey
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Where art thou?

An appealing interlude... Recent in youth, I earned some praise On time has passed, those were the days So now I'm idle E're by myself Seeking a saviour, on any shelf Some say I'm ...
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A shocker in soccer, pt. 2

You’ll spar better with five letters; I charge a fee, must be me; A precise gun if I’m done; And I’m a band to cross land. What am I? Note: This riddle takes the form of A shocker in soccer. ...
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A bunch of duos

My friend, disappointingly, just left to go somewhere without telling me. He was supposed to produce my classical techno-fusion jazz metal rap album! Instead, he left me four riddles, each with two-...
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I seek to unease but leave without a scar

My first brings in the light from the stars The other is preferred before the time of cars Before you even knew I am born within you I seek to unease but leave without a scar
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When in Tennessee

(1) I'm hardened yet hardly am I given a thought; Unmoved, though moving, to give what is sought; But throng be too eager, My gift, it is meager; I'll stop my inertia and render you caught. ...
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A shocker in soccer

I'm a shocker in soccer; An attack with many racks; I sell while you yell, And let rage be gone when switched on. What am I? But there's a twist - I sort of lied to you, if you can figure out ...
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Split me in two; I make you excavate

Split me in two I make you excavate Take me as one I enumerate
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I have a Spanish infix

My prefix is where you are now at, I have a Spanish infix. With a double L to my last two letters, You might want to sell your homophone. In order for the word to make sense, Put n....
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I have a goal in mind

My prefix has a purpose My suffix together with two letters is a homophone for somewhere dark and deserted My infix is an atom gained an electron I am an adverb and I have a goal in mind ...
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One that is paid but cannot be bought

Two words are homophones One that is paid $\quad$ but cannot be bought The other is stated $\quad$ but cannot be undone What are the two words?
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My initials are MC

My initials are M.C. and know me please do; I'm related in essence to many a crew; My syllables count four, Same for vowels I'm sure; Now please decide which are false and are true: ...
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Cheer up with this riddle

My prefix weighs little, but never has mass; My suffix might, for a whole language, pass; But to me append, One more suffix at end; And scramble my innards so I'm longer at last What am I?
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My whole completes the reverse

Clip my left to complete Clip my right to reverse Clip both sides to make My whole completes the reverse
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Let’s take a selfie!

My suffix is innate My prefix is on the coast I capture your expressions And remain the default for most
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As a noun I’m complete; as a verb, I’m yet to be so

Removing my prefix Makes a familiar sound Removing my infix Helps you search all around Removing my suffix Means to make me whole As a noun I’m complete As a verb I’m yet to be so ...
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A field for the curious

As is, I am a field for the curious; Study me well to be naturally serious; But cut my first and my last, And scramble me fast; Now I'm a home with warmth quite mysterious What am I? Hope ...
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I am above the return, enter if you will

If my prefix could mean to revert And my suffix could mean lacerate Then what in the world could I be Given I could ensure your escape? Hint:
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It’s empty; need a new one soon

My prefix is a vehicle or its part Whose suffix‘s beauty uncertain My suffix is raised apart Its prefix frees a burden

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