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    My most profound idea thus far is that the first line of each of the verses represents a two-fold purpose that initially draws focus in the right direction and once most of the clues come together the exact location of the casque contains an alternate meaning referencing again that first line.

    I have found several verses fit this idea. Verse 1 begins with 'Fortress north' and my theory develops around the idea that the Alamo represents the focus of Texas and its conflict with Mexico's Santa Anna. It was a great stand but a terrible loss for the early US, which resulted in a return battle, victorious, through the leadership of Sam Houston. Deciphering clues leading to Hermann Park in Houston, my theory takes me to the base of a light tower at the base ofa hill. An exact straight line from the pointy apex of the theater building through the four equal sided face center of the cold polished winged metal sculpture representing a division of labor from three tasks, Atropos, one of the three fates of Greek mythology, a spot is found at the base of the Miller Hill. How does the first line refer to this spot? A fortress is also a "base" of military operations. This spot is north of the sculpture. The first line could also be the last, saying "base of hill to the north".
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    I'm sharing most of my posts relating to the Secret between this site and Q4T. Since I've enduring some debate at q4T over whether the Alamo was just a church and not a fortress, I thought I'd stoop to take a quote from the Wikipedia article where it uses the word "fortress" in the description. Something to remember, these are poetic verses and some things might be referenced at times in a creative sense, and even so, I've always thought of any building appropriated by a military force is an ad hoc fortress,

    Wikipedia:
    The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. It is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza District of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA.
    It isn't important that the Alamo isn't north of Houston. It's the idea of the Alamo, the events of which were a battle between Texas and Mexico, and the people directly related to those events, Santa Ana and Sam Houston. Other clues in the poem verse distinguish the city of Houston and Hermann Park. The point of using the Alamo is because it makes big sense in a Texas application, a Sam Houston application, and the base of a hill application.

    Definition,
    Base (n.)
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    8. A center of organization, supply, or activity; a headquarters.
    9.
    a. A fortified center of operations.
    b. A supply center for a large force of military personnel.
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    Here’s a compilation of my recent posts about the first lines. Lots of ideas at work, but hopefully constrained to a simplified purpose. I’m really excited about a few of the connections, not so excited about others. Just keep this premise in mind: the first line must echo the spot where the casque is revealed.

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    Verses 7-12

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    Many of my ideas need major overhauls, including some of the constraints which I'll be revising.

    Constraints:

    1. Each dig spot is precisely determined. There is no guesswork needed. In most cases, two lines will intersect at a point. The challenge is recognizing the correct features from which to fix these lines.

    2. Words hold hidden meanings. We see the word "spout" in V1 and we think it means something like a water faucet, but if this is meant to define an area near an outdoor stage, then it could be applied as meaning some sort of oratory, public speaking or as an actor performing in a play which implies a stage. There's many candidate words in each verse to apply consideration for what's implied. Another example from V1, "a whistle sounds", might easily be taken to mean "look for something with a whistle," but it could also mean "has some form or quality of a whistle's sound" which could be a) sounds hollow, b) high pitched (the high pitched rooftop of an A-frame structure), c) an orchestral space (at the base of a performance stage), and d) surely there are others I've not thought of...

    3. Visual themes and matching lines. Some lines may match the outline of a statue, building, state shape, or even a road map, though evidence of this through what we've seen in Cleveland and Chicago show these strong correlations are rotated 90 or 180 and sometimes mirrored. Cleveland uses an image of a centaur and a sphere standing on a wall. It's possible these were thematically intended to draw attention to those objects which were standing on the wall along the west side of the garden, two poet urns. The centaur's tail curvature is precisely shaped like the nearest roadway. Chicago's visual theme uses many objects extending off the tops and sides of a castle like hat. Such extentions would usually be characterized as gargoyles, weather vanes, or lightning rods, though ornamentary in most cases they may also serve a specific function such as conducting water flow off the roof or conducting electricty from lightning strikes. The verse does a good job alluding or implying the "conductor" theme given the reference to M and B as Mozart and Beethoven or "Rumble, Brush, and Music, Hush" for the sound of thunder or a railway train or the electrical contacts called "brushes" or the water spout used for irrigation which the dictionary allows to be called a "hush".

    4. The first line = dual meaning, general context and also applies to method for seeking. Elaboration of this concept is in development or being withheld for the time being.
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    So, back to this overhaul thing. It seems that word meanings is essentially the best resource when considering some possibilities. The Litany of the Jewels has a very distinct purpose: 1) identifies jewel-origin, 2) gives an insight into the final and confirmatory detail. The LotJ also uses this maquerade of words. I've found a link for Cleveland that involves "clarity" of water and then Chicago's "grid". The subtlety is almost beyond recognition except to someone who has stood nearest the casque location.

    Houston has a strong "animal in the sky" feel to it for a reason. If its not about the constellations, then I'll be a monkey's hat-eating uncle.

    There is much to discuss if the ultimate end is only to understand how these puzzles were designed. Digging up the casques is a completely different beast...
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