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I feast on meals of mindless fare
With blubber to keep it all in
For what’s inside should stay right there
Or you’ll face a calamitous end

‘Neath peaking wave I spend the days
While mostly conceal’d, I presume
Unless my presence breath betrays
As characteristic’s my spume

Alas, I find myself engaged
By man with a wretched harpoon
Assaulted thus, I shriek enraged
With hellish retort for the goon

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1 hour ago, plasmid said:

Getting warmer, but I'll definitely cause you (the listener of the riddle) more calamity if my insides get out and have my own "peaked wave" in the sea to sit under (mostly).

 

An oven?  Thinking the peaked wave might be an oven hood.

EDIT: Or a frying pan, thinking about bacon and the exploding spray of oil.

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2 hours ago, plasmid said:

I feast on meals of mindless fare
With blubber to keep it all in
For what’s inside should stay right there
Or you’ll face a calamitous end

‘Neath peaking wave I spend the days
While mostly conceal’d, I presume
Unless my presence breath betrays
As characteristic’s my spume

Alas, I find myself engaged
By man with a wretched harpoon
Assaulted thus, I shriek enraged
With hellish retort for the goon

Coffee in a thermos?

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30 minutes ago, Molly Mae said:

 

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A crock-pot/slow cooker?

 

Getting warmer, but I'll definitely cause you (the listener of the riddle) more calamity if my insides get out and have my own "peaked wave" in the sea to sit under (mostly).

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13 hours ago, Molly Mae said:
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An oven?  Thinking the peaked wave might be an oven hood.

EDIT: Or a frying pan, thinking about bacon and the exploding spray of oil.

I'll call that a hit. My thinking was...

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...a fireplace, but after thinking about it I can't tell the difference between a fireplace and a wood burning oven anyway.

For the wave, I was thinking roof of a house (which is why the wave that the fireplace/chimney is mostly under is singular, although potentially in a sea of waves in a neighborhood). The oven's aroma is certainly as characteristic a spume as smoke from a chimney. The clue about harpooning is a reference to a fire poker which will rile the fire up, but it's apparently no longer commonplace enough to be widely recognized by everyone since people rarely have wood burning fireplaces any more.

 

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7 hours ago, plasmid said:

I'll call that a hit. My thinking was...

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...a fireplace, but after thinking about it I can't tell the difference between a fireplace and a wood burning oven anyway.

For the wave, I was thinking roof of a house (which is why the wave that the fireplace/chimney is mostly under is singular, although potentially in a sea of waves in a neighborhood). The oven's aroma is certainly as characteristic a spume as smoke from a chimney. The clue about harpooning is a reference to a fire poker which will rile the fire up, but it's apparently no longer commonplace enough to be widely recognized by everyone since people rarely have wood burning fireplaces any more.

 

Oh, man, I do like that answer.  It does totally make sense.  I was just too close to food, I guess.

At one point, I was putting my hands in the shape of a "peaking wave" (and it totally is the shape of a roof) and wondering to myself what has that shape and would be above something insulated.  And I landed on oven hood.

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