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    An elegant lady in England did live,
    But a dunce and elitist as ever you've spied;
    All negative comments this old dame would give,
    Behind no facade would this dowager hide.

    Yet rotund in the belly her one weakness was,
    And she growled like a silly beast in a wild wood;
    I hope you can tell me her nickname because
    There are no more clues--these are sufficiently good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post


    An elegant lady in England did live,
    But a dunce and elitist as ever you've spied;
    All negative comments this old dame would give,
    Behind no facade would this dowager hide.

    Yet rotund in the belly her one weakness was,
    And she growled like a silly beast in a wild wood;
    I hope you can tell me her nickname because
    There are no more clues--these are sufficiently good.
    Old Buddha?
    Grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaberax View Post
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    An elegant lady in England did live,
    But a dunce and elitist as ever you've spied;
    All negative comments this old dame would give,
    Behind no facade would this dowager hide.

    Yet rotund in the belly her one weakness was,
    And she growled like a silly beast in a wild wood;
    I hope you can tell me her nickname because
    There are no more clues--these are sufficiently good.
    Old Buddha?
    No.

    Think of England, and look at some of the words in the riddle....

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    First person I thought of was Lady Godiva, but I don't think she fits all the clues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maturins_Daughter View Post
    First person I thought of was Lady Godiva, but I don't think she fits all the clues.
    It was late when I did that riddle, and even then I wasn't sure if it was the best it could be....

    I guess I'll walk y'all through the riddle, even though if it were worth its salt I wouldn't have to.

    First off, IS it a she?

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    Is it a building of some kind?

    "...neither the stupid jokes nor the easy surface emotions were the truth of Cuthbert Allgood."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily-sai View Post
    Is it a building of some kind?


    No....

    Look at the second stanza and see if you see some...curious words....

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    I was trying to think outside of the box.

    Steps slowly backwards and runs off.

    "...neither the stupid jokes nor the easy surface emotions were the truth of Cuthbert Allgood."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily-sai View Post
    I was trying to think outside of the box.

    Steps slowly backwards and runs off.
    Don't run off--thinking outside of the box is GOOD--you just went the wrong way, that's all, a little TOO far outside....

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    Do y'all just want me to give the answer and have done with this? I'm beginning to suspect that it isn't executed well and that you may not get it from the clues I've given....

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    Courtney Love?
    “Give me the sense to wonder, to wonder if I'm free."

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
    Do y'all just want me to give the answer and have done with this? I'm beginning to suspect that it isn't executed well and that you may not get it from the clues I've given....
    No, no, no, no. Good riddles need to percolate. Some of us need to cogitate on it a bit...don't give it away. Sometimes, the answer comes days later...in a meeting or while driving or riding the bus...give it some time.
    Grrr...

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    Second stanza makes me think of Parliament...the House of Commons for the dunces and the House of Lords for the elitists...

    Lament might refer to the "growled like a silly beast." AS in PAR lament. Now what the hell is a Par? ***I was also thinking of camel as in bicameral Parliament...but I think that's way too far outside of the box ***
    Grrr...

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    Okay, I won't give it away, then. Thank you for having greater confidence in my riddles than I do.

    And yeah, that's not it.

    Here's a hint: this is one case where it's fitting and proper that the riddle rhymes....


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    par is a golf term.
    “Give me the sense to wonder, to wonder if I'm free."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    par is a golf term.
    It has nothing to do with par, or parliament, or lament, or anything like it.

    Think: it's referring to ENGLAND, and it RHYMES....

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    Whew! I am all over the place with this one.

    I am wondering if the riddle is about a thing (a train, a ship, a nuclear submarine or power plant (negative comments=electrons)

    Or a female poet/writer

    Or a fat, gay, English literary critic.

    I was thinking something like Dame Edna but ruled that out. I have considered Elizabeth Barret Browning but ruled that out.

    Frustrated, but still wrestling with this...
    Grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaberax View Post
    Whew! I am all over the place with this one.

    I am wondering if the riddle is about a thing (a train, a ship, a nuclear submarine or power plant (negative comments=electrons)

    Or a female poet/writer

    Or a fat, gay, English literary critic.

    I was thinking something like Dame Edna but ruled that out. I have considered Elizabeth Barret Browning but ruled that out.

    Frustrated, but still wrestling with this...
    Yeah, that's why I was worried no one would get it--the clues DO lead to the answer, but this is probably not as good as my past riddles....

    Of your guesses, the closest thing to the right answer is your first guess about a "thing," but none of the "things" you've guessed are correct.

    There is a poet and writer involved, but are you sure this person is female...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
    Yeah, that's why I was worried no one would get it--the clues DO lead to the answer, but this is probably not as good as my past riddles....

    Of your guesses, the closest thing to the right answer is your first guess about a "thing," but none of the "things" you've guessed are correct.

    There is a poet and writer involved, but are you sure this person is female...?
    Thanks, it may help. I'll work on it later this evening. The problem, dear Brutus, isn't with the riddle. It's me.
    Grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaberax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
    Yeah, that's why I was worried no one would get it--the clues DO lead to the answer, but this is probably not as good as my past riddles....

    Of your guesses, the closest thing to the right answer is your first guess about a "thing," but none of the "things" you've guessed are correct.

    There is a poet and writer involved, but are you sure this person is female...?
    Thanks, it may help. I'll work on it later this evening. The problem, dear Brutus, isn't with the riddle. It's me.
    I HOPE it does. I fear an anti-climax when the answer is finally revealed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
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    Yeah, that's why I was worried no one would get it--the clues DO lead to the answer, but this is probably not as good as my past riddles....

    Of your guesses, the closest thing to the right answer is your first guess about a "thing," but none of the "things" you've guessed are correct.

    There is a poet and writer involved, but are you sure this person is female...?
    Thanks, it may help. I'll work on it later this evening. The problem, dear Brutus, isn't with the riddle. It's me.
    I HOPE it does. I fear an anti-climax when the answer is finally revealed....
    Not to worry. It is the work to the solution that is fun. I just hope I can get it....or if not me, one of the other fine riddlers on the board.
    Grrr...

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    Trying a different tack...

    An elegant lady in England did live, DI As in Princess Diana
    But a dunce and elitist as ever you've spied; SNOB
    All negative comments this old dame would give, GIBE
    Behind no facade would this dowager hide. MASK

    Yet rotund in the belly her one weakness was, FAT
    And she growled like a silly beast in a wild wood; ASS
    I hope you can tell me her nickname because
    There are no more clues--these are sufficiently good.
    Grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaberax View Post
    Trying a different tack...

    An elegant lady in England did live, DI As in Princess Diana
    But a dunce and elitist as ever you've spied; SNOB
    All negative comments this old dame would give, GIBE
    Behind no facade would this dowager hide. MASK

    Yet rotund in the belly her one weakness was, FAT
    And she growled like a silly beast in a wild wood; ASS
    I hope you can tell me her nickname because
    There are no more clues--these are sufficiently good.


    No, no, it's not a bunch of words like that....

    I'll give you a hint: "rotund in the belly," "growled like a silly beast in a wild WOOD"....

    Forget the other clues for a moment and concentrate on those....

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
    No, no, it's not a bunch of words like that....

    I'll give you a hint: "rotund in the belly," "growled like a silly beast in a wild WOOD"....

    Forget the other clues for a moment and concentrate on those....
    Potbelly stove?
    Grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaberax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John_and_Yoko View Post
    No, no, it's not a bunch of words like that....

    I'll give you a hint: "rotund in the belly," "growled like a silly beast in a wild WOOD"....

    Forget the other clues for a moment and concentrate on those....
    Potbelly stove?
    No, no.

    All right, here's a big hint that I SHOULD have given in the first place....

    The first stanza gives a NAME (if you can dope it out), the second describes the one who bears that name.

    Also, I chose the specific word use in the above sentence for a reason....

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