# Thread: the secret is not half, but not the whole

1. Getting the hang of it. Copper
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## the secret is not half, but not the whole

I think this just refers to the faeries. Right before we see the book title "Ye Nomenclature of Faeries" it says Ana's mother would read it to her daughter to teach her about her half-cousins. Well Ana is referred to as a half-ling(Half elf and half human), so she is the half. Zac is a human, he is the whole. The faeries are half-cousins to a half-ling. A half of a half is a quarter.

-meowser

2. Junior Twelever Copper
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never thought of that, but it makes complete since to me.
Good Job!!!!!
I will put this in the brain and mix it up for awhile. Ohhhh how much brain work we have, but you have come up with something very simple which is where I think we all need to be. Looking at what is in front of us rather then digging so deep.

3. Needs to say Hello!
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I was thinking about all the 2-3 references in the book (hard two or three Pook-bounce, the 322 on the leaves, lots of 2's and 3's together everywhere!). And I thought about THE SECRET IS NOT HALF BUT IT IS NOT WHOLE - well, 2/3 is more than half and less than one (whole). And the letter Q, the 17th letter, is exactly 2/3 the way through the alphabet (Ok, 26 times 2/3 is 17+1/3 but you get the point here). We know MS has built in redundant hints so that we can get them several ways, so I'm not surprised this all links to other hints. So in what other ways can we use 2/3? Do we shift our 5x5 box of numbers/letters 2 places in one direction and 3 places in the other direction? What else can we think that it could apply to? I really feel that this has relevance somehow - but to what?! Any ideas?

4. Junior Twelever Copper
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Just what is a half-cousin anyway? And why make it a point to say it ? I looked up half cousin, and the definition is: one with whom you have a grandparent in common. That to me sounds as if it should be half uncle/aunt! Now, on another train of thought, if you take half of the word cousin, you get cou/sin. If you add an e, you get sine. Isn't that a math word? (I'm mathmetically challenged). Any thoughts on this? Just throwing it out there.

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## not whole

When I first started looking at this book and I deciphered this line in the poem, I thought the "not whole" was a play on the words "knot hole" which led me to believe (along with the other clues in the poem) that the tokens where in knot holes as we now know they are.

6. Getting the hang of it. Copper
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## half cousins

My wife and i do genealogy...

We think half cousins would be children of your mother or father's half brother or half sister.

Go figure...

Bob

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