In the September 29, 1888, edition of Weekly Wisconsin, the following strange enigma appeared, composed by an anonymous writer named “Maude”:
Perhaps the solvers are inclined to hiss,
Curling their nose up at a con* like this.
Like some much abler posers I would try
A rare, uncommon puzzle to supply.
A curious acrostic here you see
Rough hewn and inartistic tho’ it be;
Still it is well to have it understood,
I could not make it plainer, if I would.
Apparently, there is a hidden acrostic in this riddle. Your task is to find it.
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