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    I noticed that, and wondered the same thing, but chalked it up to rhyming scheme. I could be wrong though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genetic Blend View Post
    If you look at the last letters of every line of the poem, they alternate.

    In the first stanza, you get S-E-S
    In the second stanza you get M-S-M
    In the third... E-O-E
    In the forth... Y-E-Y

    All of the stanzas repeat this pattern, EXCEPT the sixth stanza, which has the last letters
    of each line as D-E-S.

    Was this done on purpose? Is that sixth stanza supposed to stand out? Or could it be that this is common just because of the rhyming patten?
    Hi Genetic Blend!

    The section I think you were referring to starts: "It comes 'round in every form no matter where you stand. The importance of It is not which I choose but the vantage from where it lands."

    So I thought, What is round any way you look at it... a bubble?

    How about a rolling stone?
    The Rolling Stones sang "Anyway You Look at It"
    Bob Dylan sang "Like a Rollin' Stone"
    Muddy Waters sang "Rollin' Stone" in 1948
    Hank Williams had a hit called Lost Highway in 1952 which began "I'm a rollin' stone, all alone and lost. For a life of sin, I've paid the cost."

    What's lonely like a cowboy... a country western or even a blues singer? How about a Lost Highway?

    Still researching and throwing out ideas.
    Beth

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    Is the branding iron's letters BIG? What could BIG refer to? Big Country? Notorious? "Tall" tale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erexere View Post
    Is the branding iron's letters BIG? What could BIG refer to? Big Country? Notorious? "Tall" tale?
    Hi Erexere!

    I've also wondered about what the "Big" meant and thought it was in reference to Texas as the saying goes, "everything is big in Texas". I lived in Tyler, TX a number of years ago and remember how big the sky seemed, especially when lightning danced all around during a storm. Big horn cattle were close enough for me to pet through the fence. They were big! Here's another thought....

    BIG IRON was sung by Marty Robbins which was on his album, Gunfighter Ballads and Songs. The song is about a dual between an Arizona Ranger and an outlaw by the name of Texas Red. They faced each other in the town of Agua Fria where the stranger had "a big iron on his hip." (pistol)

    I've always liked Marty's smooth sounding country voice. In the movie, Honky Tonk Man, Marty had to finish the end of the title song. Clint Eastwood (in character singing his solo song) could not finish the song due to a bad bout with his tuberculosis. If I recall correctly, this story was loosely based on a true story.

    Interesting stuff. Hope this helps.

    Beth

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    The word 'branding' seems to be said often these days when I'm around folks involved in advertising or sales.

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    Looking at those bold letters again on page 29. three pairs of letters "eh", "nn", "rr" that flank three letters "DIG", I thought we might be on to something. But if you take all 9 letters together, you can spell "herring " with nd left over. Coincidence?

    This is going to be a war of attrition - if we find the 99% of stuff that is a herring, the 1% left has to be the solution by elimination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    Taking the 3 pairs of bold letters on page 29, you will notice that they are separated by one unbolded letter each. Taking this middle letter, you get "D-I-G". Reference to dig to get the cash?

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    I saw that as simply a message about DIG...

    But the musical stuff sends me off on tangents again... Should've been a Cowboy had two of our chapter titles in the lyrics. Hmmm....

    And as to Marty Robbins... perfect choice of songs to bring up one of my trembling worries about this... Texas Red...

    What if all our Red Herrings aren't exactly Red Herrings? Sure, it's a standard practice in these things to have red herrings and some quite cleverly alluded to, but sometimes we (meaning I) assume that REDH means red herring when maybe just perhaps it means Red Hair or something else.

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    Blue Ink - There is a tie in between page 29 about cosignatures in blue ink, and the Cursive writing on 30 that anagrams to Blue Ink I. Below this is the infamous phone number from just below our favorite first puzzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    Blue Ink - There is a tie in between page 29 about cosignatures in blue ink, and the Cursive writing on 30 that anagrams to Blue Ink I. Below this is the infamous phone number from just below our favorite first puzzle.
    Hi Steve,

    Genetic Blend mentioned back in August the area code for the phone number you noted was the Fernando Valley in California. Something I want to also point out on a musical note (no pun intended) ABBA had a song named Fernando. It was also the title of their album. There have been a number of references to ABBA on p.24. The Swedish version vs the English version of this song are different from each other. The Swedish version (which was the original) had to do with consoling Fernando who lost someone he loved. The English version had to do with soldiers reminiscing over a lost battle of the Mexican Revolution which they fought in. The "B" side of the single was the song, "Hey, Hey, Helen". Other countries had "Tropical Loveland" and "Rock Me". Just interesting and am unsure if it gets anywhere.

    Trove on,
    Beth

    P.S. The Blue Ink I, thing... I worked on it some more and came up with "Blue Kin". These were people with bluish colored skin living in the Troublesome Creek area of Kentucky. I think doctors figured out why those families had that blue skin color and they are sporting more flesh tone these days. Just another interesting bit of research I did that got me nowhere.

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