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Attempting To Crack "Wise"
02-16-2014, 04:43 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
Yes it does count.
02-16-2014, 07:06 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
welcome discoloration:

one area that I investigated was specimen trail, mt.. I discovered that it had suffered a severe forest fire in 1995, I believe.

upon further investigation i discovered that it was named "the owl fire"- never could make any concrete connections though.

Good luck in the chase, Emmett

02-16-2014, 07:49 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
Welcome discolorion

Y's. I agree with your suggestion that Fenn means "of paramount importance" and not a cypher key. My "word that is key" is not in the poem. Does a guy with the handle "discoloration" really believe that "tarry scant" means "don't chill". I believe it means a slab of stone that was discolored from fire.
02-16-2014, 08:50 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
Wise = Sage. Sagebrush? Not sure I really believe it, but you asked for ideas.

02-16-2014, 09:27 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
i remember one time i was hot onto dallas trail because i learned it meant wise in a certain language (i forgot which!)

also the fox should be considered as wise, i believe there is a word in french that means both wise or fox, and french is mentioned in TTOTC, also certain native american cultures believe in a silver wise fox messenger i think

edit: wise is also associated with old, or old man
02-16-2014, 10:01 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"

Popculture has further associations to common words
02-17-2014, 10:37 AM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
Chris, yes the fox is wise I think. For him to dress like the hound even better. Cannot place this wise with a blaze though.
02-17-2014, 12:31 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
@mdavis19 - I kind of like the sagebrush idea...pretty clever. That makes my list.

@ChrisYates - I think that wise doesn't usually describe a fox, I think "sly" or "trickster" is normal, if you google wise/fox almost nothing comes up...certainly not enough of a connection for Fenn to be referencing. The French word for fox is Reynard...but I can't connect it to wise...maybe you are thinking of Ocean's Twelve where they are matching wits with a French master thief named the "Night Fox"?

I think the old man angle is possible, but not real strong in my mind...I don't think there are a lot of locations that are named for an old man (Octogenarian Hill?, Retiree Mesa?, Viagra Pass?)so where would a connection to the blaze be?

@mrknow - I think the fox dressed as a sheep...pretty sly.

All that being said, my conclusion is that when I get to my final destination, I will either see a formation or marking that has to do with Owls, King Solomon, or sage (perhaps standing in a field of the stuff), or I will be looking in the direction of a landmark with a noticeable scar/marking or the sun hitting it just right to cause a blaze of color or light (eg Owl Peak, Gold King Hill, Sage Valley).

I can think of no other reason why you would be "wise" to find the blaze.

BTW, much like the owl, it never took me more than 4 or 5 licks before I got to the center of a tootsie pop.
02-17-2014, 01:30 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
This was my attempt to explain "wise". Turned out that all it did was make me wiser! Humble pie tastes really good sometimes.

[Image: IMG_2070_zps94b0f700.jpg]

The Wolf
02-17-2014, 01:35 PM,
Attempting To Crack "Wise"
Is that an owl tilted at NNW angle?

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