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Yes? Yes. No? Nup. Huh?

1 October, 2012

I have one theory about this verse, a neat puzzle sent in by a Wordwit fan called John Chapman, but I think it’s flimsy compared to what the true solution must be.

Why not have a read, and muse, and see what theory emerges in your mind? And if you do strike a light, feel free to add an extra hint, or another word/name that is likable, according to the poem’s pattern. By my reckoning, say, I reckon the speaker fancies cats but not dogs – or am I barking up the wrong sycamore?

*I’m fond of rats but can’t stand mice

I’ll eat my noodles, never rice

I only sleep, I do not snooze

I never win, I only lose.

I visit farms but not the zoo

And ‘yes’ is fine but ‘no’ won’t do

You’ve seen my preferences here

So what’s my tipple – wine or beer?*

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