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    Fandango on a dolphin - five eagles and a figure in the clouds.
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    In the water By The Fox's Tail is the Word EAST , but I'm unable to see what is next . Does anyone Get anything more after East?
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    The word in the frame is "FUTURE"

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    A Tail To Tell instead of A Tale To Tell.
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    Just curious whether anyone with sharper eyes than mine can find another key in this illustration. I see only the vaguely key-shaped clouds near the upper right of the image, but the puffball/clouds are not quite key-shaped, and I thought I might have somehow overlooked a better key hidden in some obscure detail.

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    puma, i could never decide, if that is a key in the wave, under fandangos ear

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    Quote Originally Posted by cw0909 View Post
    puma, i could never decide, if that is a key in the wave, under fandangos ear
    Thanks, cw! You might be right! I'll explore that possibility.

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    Fandango realizes the key is missing on p. 49. He says, "I reached . . . I felt . . . within me. Where...? How...? Lost?! My poor, wet pelt!" Something about this language (Was Fandango answering his own question? If the question is, "Where?" is the answer "my poor, wet pelt"?), combined with the image on p. 55, showing the key as Fandango's tail, started a new line of thinking in my mind: the key wasn't dropped during Fandango's travels, the fox and key became one at some point. The fox is the key.

    Anyone care to brainstorm about how to approach that notion, if it's worth pursuing? Does that mean that the pages from 49 (where the fox realizes the key is missing) to 55 (where we see that his tail is the or a key) will hold the solution? Do we examine references to the fox and images of the fox throughout the book? Should we pay special attention to references to the fox's hair or pelt or skin? For instance, this could explain the Fop's odd choice of phrases, "Everyone get skinned," back on p. 16. I'd welcome help thinking this through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Lion View Post
    Fandango realizes the key is missing on p. 49. He says, "I reached . . . I felt . . . within me. Where...? How...? Lost?! My poor, wet pelt!" Something about this language (Was Fandango answering his own question? If the question is, "Where?" is the answer "my poor, wet pelt"?), combined with the image on p. 55, showing the key as Fandango's tail, started a new line of thinking in my mind: the key wasn't dropped during Fandango's travels, the fox and key became one at some point. The fox is the key.

    Anyone care to brainstorm about how to approach that notion, if it's worth pursuing? Does that mean that the pages from 49 (where the fox realizes the key is missing) to 55 (where we see that his tail is the or a key) will hold the solution? Do we examine references to the fox and images of the fox throughout the book? Should we pay special attention to references to the fox's hair or pelt or skin? For instance, this could explain the Fop's odd choice of phrases, "Everyone get skinned," back on p. 16. I'd welcome help thinking this through.
    At this point, I'd only add to explore the use of the word "pelt". ( and, as author's joke, seems to include one of the aside to Pel Stockwell ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Lion View Post
    ... the key wasn't dropped during Fandango's travels, the fox and key became one at some point. The fox is the key.

    Anyone care to brainstorm about how to approach that notion, if it's worth pursuing? ... I'd welcome help thinking this through.
    Since I couldn't take it to conclusion, I'll share a theory now that strikes me as promising. Each properly-made skeleton key in the illustrations looks like a combination of the letters F and O. To find the "key" that we are told is in each illustration, those FO skeleton keys must be combined with a letter X. This may explain why the clock faces all have Roman numerals - it allows the author/illustrator to introduce an X or two into each image. The license plate on p. 19 is from Texas; there is a tiny Roman numeral XII on the newspaper next to the "Downeast Times" headline on p. 17; etc.

    But how do the FO skeleton keys combine with these letter Xs to make a "fox" and therefore reveal the clue for each page? They don't seem to form lines that point to letters in the border, based on my experiments. Anyone else care to share a theory?

    In illustrations such as "Criss Cross" (p. 15), there is no writing. Can the X be found in the crossed threads of Neptune's beard? Leaves of plants? Or is this illustration not part of the overall solution?

    In illustrations with more than one key, I was assuming that only the fully-formed, FO-shaped keys would be part of the solution. For instance, the tree trunk on p. 5 is covered with keys. But only two of them appear to be complete and FO-shaped.

    Comments? Input? Complete solutions to this gosh darn hunt?

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