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Solution to Dec. 4 Cipher: <Zoroaster, Zarathustra, Zartosht> take out all repeating instances of letters <Zartosheu> anagrams to <azure shot> <the second word, shot> <SHOT = Society for the History of Technology> <they award the Dexter Prize> <Dexter’s Laboratory> <Cartoon Network>

“Overhead the albatross

Hangs motionless upon the air.”

“All that you buy,

beg, borrow or steal.”

“But in the end it’s only round and round.

Haven’t you heard it’s a battle or words

The poster bearer cried.”

let hers and album count:

“If I were a train, I’d be late.”

But only for a girl named Fate.

Gotta keep your feet, keep your feet on the ground.

Talking won’t help you any.

“And if you sit don’t make a sound”

don’t quote words, count them:

But rote learning tells Aunt Em city lights

to lie awake at night.

“She’ll be selling plastic flowers on a Sunday afternoon.”

Her baskets full of secrets,

nothing holding them down.

Water-logged in the river,

holding sad clown tears.

“In the lazy water meadow I lay me down.”

Solution on page 10.