Cleaning out old private messages. Here are a few old bits and pieces of theories that didn't seem to take me anywhere. I may have published some of these in the past. Sorry if I'm repeating myself. Have at 'em.
I tried to use the "Somesville 12" sign as a guide for the "Forever Held" page, because of the "Now Smile" command at the bottom of the page. I had interpreted "Somesville = Solve Smile" and 12 as an allusion to a clock face.
Why is the character called Panhandle Sam in the text and Cadillac Mack in the illustration?
I thought that the last word on each border phrase on p. 17 ("line four carries name") could mean that we should look at the fourth line on each page, and see whether it includes the letters to spell out Fandango. One of the fourth lines that carries the name Fandango is that odd wording on p. 58:
. . . then do not give up and read a second time for =
Addendum: Point of Interest A Hangover Code
Addendum: Point of Interest do a changeover
Addendum: Point of Interest Aha do converge
Addendum: Point of Interest cave Garden Oho
If the changeover anagram is correct, and this anagram is correct:
From p. 16:
Keep your head is my motto =
Map my route / hides key Too
We may need to put Fandango's travels and stops in order, creating a map that uses POIs. The order of Fandango's travels in the pages in the book may or may not be chronological.
I am guessing that some of the "times" are hidden in the text and illustrations. We see clocks or watches in some images, but the Proud Old Fop illustration looks like a sundial, and the text that goes with the fairy page tells us that it's dark and the fox has slept for hours. So there may be an equation to discover and it will provide a number only if we know the "time" from Fandango's previous stop.
The "point of interest" addendum from the last page may be telling us that we need to use a different strategy (changeover) every time we pass a POI on the route map. There are six POIs on the map on p. 56 (unless you count the one in the legend). Or maybe this won't be a literal map, but a figurative route through the book?
to shape his deepest feelings =
highest point see false speed
The speed limit sign on the Panhandle Sam page says 40 MPH, and it is right next to the word "see." Presumably this is a false speed, because that would be much too fast for a scenic lookout at the top of a mountain.
Trying to follow the "see 40 mph" instructions, I looked at p. 40, and I did find the letters M, P and H in the border. All of them in "pass the time," or the P could also be in the word "pie." If the old lady with the tea represents time, maybe we need to find another character who represents speed (it could be Panhandle Sam) to answer this puzzle. Or maybe there will be other MPH combinations in the borders of other pages that will yield some insight.