The Words in Fandango’s Borders

One of the first items noticed in the Fandango treasure hunt book are the different red and blue colored letters in the border of the book’s images.  Each of the sixteen pictures (two with full spreads) contained phrases.  Some of the words in the phrases had special red or blue letters.

From each of the pages, a word could be spelled by using these letters.

For example, image one consisted of the following: (Note: the commas are used to denote the sides on which the words are displayed around the border.  They are in the order of left/top/right/bottom.  The commas are not in the border)

SLY CUNNING FOX, FANDANGO, FOLLOWS HIS NOSE, FOR PLEASURE

Although not given in order, the red letters are anagrammed to form the word ISLAND.

The second image consisted of a blue letter (along with red) in the border:

SCEPTRE IN HAND, DEEP DOWN, I RULE THE SEA, A MYSTERY

The blue P was used to help form the word NEPTUNE.

However, it was noticed the Blue letters held a message all of their own.  Taking just the Blue letters from all the frames, the phrase PACE FORTY SOUTH, is revealed.

For reference, the rest of the phrases with red/blue letters displayed are as follows:

Image 1 and 2 (above)
Image 3: A MEASURE OF GOLD, HIDDEN AWAY, A GIFT FOR THE WIND, A KEEPSAKE
Image 4: ACROSS A MARSH, CRISS CROSS, NO QUICK ESCAPE, DOUBLE BACK
Image 5: THE LAST IN LINE, ONE OF FOUR, TRADITION CARRIES, ALL IN A NAME
Image 6: AN EYE REFLECTS FOREVER HELD COUNT TO THREE NOW SMILE
Image 7: RAISE THE WIND, NORTH WEST, WHISTLE A TUNE, SOUTH EAST
Image 8: WE CAST OUR SPELL, DUSK TO DAWN, FOLLOW THE LIGHT, A MOON SHADOW
Image 9: CIRCLE THE GLOBE, OPEN THE DOOR, CHASE A DREAM, STEP INSIDE
Image 10: WIND FUELS FIRE, SMOKE SIGNALS, RISE IN A QUEST, SPIRITS SPEAK
Image 11 (double page):LOST IN TIME,  RED FOX LEAPS FLAMES, A NIGHTMARE, ALL EYES IN THE FIRE
Image 12: A FEAST OF WORDS, AND PIE, PASS THE TIME, TEA FOR TWO
Image 13 (double page): TOUR WITH ME, TO THE HIGHEST POINT, AND SEE THE SEA, YAKITY-YAK CADILLAC MACK
Image 14: ROUND AND ROUND, TOPSY TURVY, CATCH A BREEZE, UPSIDE DOWN   (this is written upside down)
Image 15: A FALLING SKY, A TURNING TIDE, AT JOURNEY END, A TAIL TO TELL
Image 16: A TREASURE LOST, TWO TOGETHER, A TREASURE FOUND, FOREVER HELD

The anagrammed words in the images:  (with blue marked)
1-ISLAND
2-NEPTUNE
3-KEY
4-CHANCE
5-ECHO
6-REFLECTION
7-NORTH
8-DREAMS
9-MAP
10-FIRE
11-DESTINY
12-WISDOM
13-MOUNTAIN
14-HARBOR
15-FUTURE
16-LOVE

As mentioned, the blue give, “PACE FORTY SOUTH”.

 

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6 Responses

  1. astree says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank-you once again. The more I look at the “Fandango” puzzle, the more amazed I become.

    There is a tremendous amount of coding in the puzzle, on various levels. The red / white / blue borders colors themselves use many coding systems, based on border colors (e.g., blue letters of the red/yellow inner border), etc.

    Just looking at your list above, starting at number tweleve, take the letters at position 6 and greater

    MAINER / MAIN RE

    Or, using the border edge (N, E, S, W) – East border, blue letters .. CHAOS, South border, blue letters… TOY

    Lots of ways to use the letters, many more when combined with other elements using the images and border coding (like the polybius on p. 47)

    Great puzzle,
    Be Well,
    astree

  2. kenny sang says:

    Many thanks for creating The Words in Fandango’s Borders Mysterious Writings,
    really love it.

  3. Hans Shulte says:

    I have had an impossible time ordering the book…so I am commenting on what I’m reading here only- don’t the blue letters say “PAEC FORTY SOUTH”?

    • astree says:

      Yes, I made the same comment in the Fandango forum at this website. The question is, whether we are supposed to interpret as “PACE”, or it means something else.
      ,

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