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The coffin was made of cheap plastic,
With duct tape and bits of elastic.
The occupant's will
Said "Keep down the bill!"
Which they did – but the effort looked drastic.

REFLECT – REGARD

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The moonlight that rivers reflect
Can have a romantic effect.
But in this regard,
I find them quite hard
To paint in a way that's correct.

CONDENSE – CONDUCIVE

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"My novel", said Proust, "is immense,
But it's frankly too hard to condense.
There's much that's allusive,
So cuts aren't conducive
To fully retaining its sense".

MOBBED – MODERN

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The modern obsession with fame
Is two-edged, celebrities claim.
You're apt to be mobbed
And mindlessly robbed
By devotees chanting your name.

VACATE – VALLEY

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In spring, when the river's in spate,
The valley folk often vacate
Their homes, due to mud
And possible flood.
In winter, of course, they can skate.

THEREMIN – THINK

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The theremin makes a weird sound
When a skilled player's hands move around.
But I think its effect
Is hard to detect
In an orchestra, where it gets drowned.

DIALECT – DIAMOND

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I went for a diamond ring
To a merchant in downtown Beijing.
His dialect made
It hard, I'm afraid,
But I managed to purchase the thing.

WASTED – WAXWORK

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Each waxwork I saw on display
Looked lifeless, or flawed in some way.
I yelled "It's not funny –
I've wasted my money!"
"Stop beefing", I heard the guide say.

HAPPEN – HARDNESS

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The hardness of life in a slum
Makes people resentful and glum.
If you happen to get
Big bucks from a bet,
To stay in such places is dumb.

IMPRESSED – IMPROBABLE

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A perfect left hook to the chin
Secured an improbable win
For the challenger, which
Would make him quite rich.
The crowd, much impressed, made a din.

PHOTON – PINKISH

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