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The decryption
04-30-2020, 05:30 PM,
#21
RE: The decryption
The phrase ‘Turquoise Turtle’ within the decryption shown on page 1 of this thread is the answer to the clue ‘the blaze’. ‘The (turquoise turtle) blaze is part of a picture within the book The Last of the Mohicans. On many occasions Fenn has urged Searchers to look at this book. This is the reason.

The location for the blaze is the reason Fenn stated that ‘it doesn’t face North, East, South or West’. Any 3D object on Earth would have to face in at least one of those directions. But, a completely flat object such as a 2D picture within a book lying flat on a table could be argued to be facing in none of those directions.
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05-02-2020, 02:34 AM,
#22
RE: The decryption
The phrase ‘In the chicken pen’ is the answer to the clue ‘no place for the meek’. Fenn used the word ‘chicken’ here to mean cowardly.

Possibly this clue and answer were the weakest combination Fenn produced.

Nevertheless, once a Searcher had realised there was the name of a type of animal within each of the nine answers it was fairly easy to guess the word ‘chicken’ may be included in this answer, as the clue was based on the word ‘meek’.
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05-02-2020, 11:12 PM,
#23
The decryption
I’m thinkin’ this is all very close, but no cigar.
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05-02-2020, 11:33 PM,
#24
RE: The decryption
(05-02-2020, 11:12 PM)crazyfamily Wrote: I’m thinkin’ this is all very close, but no cigar.

16 in the grass
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05-02-2020, 11:37 PM,
#25
The decryption
Is that code for something?
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05-02-2020, 11:42 PM,
#26
RE: The decryption
cigar / 16 / grass
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05-02-2020, 11:45 PM,
#27
The decryption
Oh, should have known.
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05-03-2020, 04:46 AM,
#28
RE: The decryption
Can’t make it any clearer. Look at the whole decryption.

As way of confirmation, all the answers to clues were hinted at by Fenn in several places. All of the subjects of those answers are subjects of interest to Fenn. So: Native American chiefs, Clovis culture, the Wild West, Old Hollywood actors and so on.

‘Spiderman’ is the answer I haven’t yet explained here. This answer draws on three areas of interest to Fenn: Native Americans, Comic books and old Hollywood actors.

Spiderman was both a Native American spirit and a Comic book character. Plus, this answer relates to Cary Grant, Fenn’s favourite actor.

It’s the answer to the clue ‘tarry scant with marvel gaze’. The character of Cary Grant only featured once in Marvel comics when the superhero character of Spiderman was unmasked as Cary Grant.

Nobody would put those two words ‘tarry’ and ‘scant’ together unless they needed to for a rhyming reference.

If Fenn wanted to use flowery words, even those two words, a better poetic metering would have been: ‘tarry for scant while to gaze’. Or something like 'dwell ye not in marvel gaze'. He didn’t do that as he wanted ‘tarry’ and ‘scant’ next to each other and wanted ‘marvel’ as a reference to Marvel comics.

Again the word Spiderman was used to convert to a line of the directions. 9 clues, 9 answers, 9 lines of directions.
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05-04-2020, 03:43 PM,
#29
RE: The decryption
Part of the answer 'spiderman' was used to produce the word 'videos' spelled phonetically as: 'vydeoz'.
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05-06-2020, 08:14 AM,
#30
RE: The decryption
There were a couple hints that the actor Cary Grant (as tarry scant) was relevant to the riddle.

In Scrapbook 178 Fenn talked about meeting Cary Grant at the Fenn gallery in Santa Fe. The piece was accompanied by a picture of Grant. Fenn stated the film To Catch a Thief starring Grant was one of his favourite movies.

Cary Grant was mentioned in the Foreword to Fenn's book Seventeen Dollars per Square Inch.

Fenn mentioned the novel Catcher in the Rye on many occasions. This book influenced him to write his memoirs. The name ‘Cary Grant’ can be seen as a random reference within the text of Catcher in the Rye.
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