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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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(The question is obvious, but do not fear
The title's naught to do with the puzzle here.)

Throughout old Europe, so they say,
The Church of Christ has long held sway.
Look around and you will see,
Symbols of divinity.

The one best known, of course, is this,
Of wooden bars that cross and criss.
A Roman instrument of death,
On which a god took his last breath.

Now, most crosses stand tall, that all might spy,
But some are flat, seen but from on high.
In farmers' fields, something odd shows,
For on these crosses, nothing grows!

Please join this puzzle renaissance,
Try and solve my humble Versponse.
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I am not sure, I’m at a loss -
Should we find a specific cross?
Or perhaps there is on your mind
A different thing for us to find?
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I am sorry; in my haste
To post, perhaps I waste.
My intention here's to know
Why the grasses do not grow
In these crosses which are found
Lying flat upon the ground
(Like crop circles, I am told,
But in grass, not wheaten gold)
Whence the crosses? Also why
Does stuff planted in them die?
There is no specific one
But many to understand - what fun!
I hope.
I'll go get a Coke.
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Where the crosses do exist
Is their something on the ground?
Stone or metal or like this,
Or is bare dirt what can be found?
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I always thought, I must be frank,
The crosses were a sort of prank
Perhaps a bored E.T. from Venus,
or joker from the human genus.
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Are these crosses for want of other nomenclature
all man made, or do they occur in nature?
Are they bereft of life by design
Or poisoned like Hamlet's mother's wine?
Do they occur throughout the earth?
Or is there one region i must search?
Have they been there throughout our history
or did recently arise this perplexing mystery?
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Where the crosses do exist
Is there something on the ground?
Stone or metal or like this,
Or is bare dirt what can be found?


The crosses are not physically present;
Only missing grass on the ground.
When it dies, something is absent
A cross of empty dirt may be found.


I always thought, I must be frank,
The crosses were a sort of prank
Perhaps a bored E.T. from Venus,
or joker from the human genus.


I expect, I must admit,
A few might be from the joker's remit.
But these we speak of, such doesn't support;
They are truly of some import.


Are these crosses for want of other nomenclature
all man made, or do they occur in nature?


Amazing questions, Rock of the Year!
You delve deep into the puzzle here!
For these crosses are all made by man
And not by nature; t'was by plan.
(Well, in a sense, a yesish way.
I don't want you folks to have an FA.)


Are they bereft of life by design
Or poisoned like Hamlet's mother's wine?


Truly, death lies in the lines;
T'was poison, yet not quite by design.
I don't say this to confound;
You will understand when the answer is found.


Do they occur throughout the earth?
Or is there one region I must search?


The places to be seen are rare,
But many you may seek and find
Crosses galore from up in the air
But only in places of a certain kind.
Certain regions, not quite lent,
Almost all found in one continent.
I suppose there might be just a few
Elsewhere, but too many clues
Might greatly confuse.


Have they been there throughout our history
or did recently arise this perplexing mystery?


It cannot be said for certain that I
Could find none at all from days gone by;
But the ones in our puzzle, to be clear, my dears,
Have only existed for seventy years.
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These crosses that have marked the earth
Are from a certain "poison" birthed?
Made by man, yet without plan,
For the marks themselves are without worth?
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The crosses in this puzzle here,
Are their shapes perfectly regular?
Or asymmetrical are they,
Misshapen in these fields of hay?
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These crosses that have marked the earth
Are from a certain "poison" birthed?


Indeed they are from something fatal, you see,
Something that might kill even a tree.


Made by man, yet without plan,
For the marks themselves are without worth?


This is true; these crosses on the floor
Were never meant for anything more.


The crosses in this puzzle here,
Are their shapes perfectly regular?
Or asymmetrical are they,
Misshapen in these fields of hay?


Excellent question; some are true,
But most will have a little-odder view
Although never, my good Lord of Moria,
Will they look like phantasmagoria.

(I'm unjustifiably proud of that last rhyme;
You already know I'm weird, so please cut me slack this time!)
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It's fine, I am also crazy.
Or so I am told; others say I'm lazy.
And kudos to you,
For knowing, that is, about my name,
And correctly identifying from where it came,
Nice work, Jenburdoo.

And on the same note, that is a great rhyme,
I doubt I'll be able to make one as good.
But now I notice that it is time
For me to get back to the puzzle, I should.


In order that I may get back on task,
The irregular shapes, I now must ask,
Are they older than the cleaner cuts,
Or newer, or are they all mixed up?

And of their cause, this question I've found,
Were they created from air or ground?
Or another means of creative mood,
So as to see crosses from altitude?

Now I must also ask, why were these things made?
Was it solely for purpose of destroying hay?
Or was it a prank, or a much better reason?
(And, unintended, also for puzzle lovers' pleasing.)

So, the reason for making these crosses of dirt,
Was it for good assistance, or for reasons of hurt?
For now, you may tell, I am well intrigued.
What more will this puzzle hold? Let's see.
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I doubt this has something to do with "pollution",
here's a guess that could be the sollution:
When the farmers where clearing a field,
nasty rocks and stones were revealed.
Farmers placed these rocks in a row,
upon which eventually nothing would grow.
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Upon reading carefully this page long,
I realize that my guess was all wrong.
Oh well. =P
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In order that I may get back on task,
The irregular shapes, I now must ask,
Are they older than the cleaner cuts,
Or newer, or are they all mixed up?


The exact shape doesn't matter.
Instead find out why they're scattered.
All in a field appeared at the same time
But how and why? Thus ends this rhyme.


And of their cause, this question I've found,
Were they created from air or ground?


How to answer? I must hope, not loath,
You can work it out with, "Yope to both."


Or another means of creative mood,
So as to see crosses from altitude?


Signs of a creative idea are here,
But not artistic, let's be clear.
There was certainly no intention
To make the crosses, by this intervention.


Now I must also ask, why were these things made?
Was it solely for purpose of destroying hay?
Or was it a prank, or a much better reason?
(And, unintended, also for puzzle lovers' pleasing.)


The crosses were needless, they're but signs
Of something far more important than lines.


So, the reason for making these crosses of dirt,
Was it for good assistance, or for reasons of hurt?


The thing you're truly looking for
Provided assistance, and occasionally more.


When the farmers where clearing a field,
nasty rocks and stones were revealed.
Farmers placed these rocks in a row,
upon which eventually nothing would grow.


This is actually a good thought;
Don't fear that you missed the shot.
If poison hadn't been the reason,
Something else might've stopped growth in season.
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Are these crosses on fields plural,
Decorating the country like a natural mural?
Or do they dot just one farm or so?
Will you please tell me? I don't know.

And the purpose of these crosses together,
Was it to protect against the weather,
Perhaps a drought or torrent of rain
That, without them, would cause the farmers much pain?
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Are these crosses on fields plural,

Scores, perhaps.

Decorating the country like a natural mural?

But not this close.

Or do they dot just one farm or so?

More, by the maps.

Will you please tell me? I don't know.

You do now, I suppose.

And the purpose of these crosses together,
Was it to protect against the weather,
Perhaps a drought or torrent of rain
That, without them, would cause the farmers much pain?


I will say that this wasn't pseudoscientific
It's hard to answer more without being more specific.
But of the rain, I can certainly say whether,
It certainly wasn't to protect from the weather.
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The crosses, are they permanent?
Or is it so - they came and went?
Did poison come down from the sky
And soak the earth, made plant life die?
I ask to solve the puzzles faster:
Were crosses born from a disaster?
The size of figures on the ground,
Is it in tens of meters found?
Or one, or hundred? Even more?
Or less than one - is that the score?
The toxin used is made by man -
is that correct? I think it can
be made for something else instead?
Or was it made to get plants dead?
I ask of contents of the culprit
Does oil, or copper ions rule it?
Did fire ever get invovled?
Can regrowth, in time, be solved?
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Most of my guesses are complete flukes
Was the poison caused by Nukes?
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The crosses, are they permanent?
Or is it so - they came and went?


Hard to answer. A little thought
Might put this puzzle in the pot.
Most of the crosses eventually went,
But some may have been permanent.
That is a bit of a cheating rhyme;
You'll have to excuse me; I haven't much time.


Did poison come down from the sky

Not at all, but you've got a good idea.
The same might have been caused by diarrhea.


And soak the earth, made plant life die?

It wasn't, but it did soak the ground.
And soon, no plant life could be found.


I ask to solve the puzzles faster:
Were crosses born from a disaster?


Disaster depends on your definition;
In a way, they were signs of transition.
In a few cases, disaster was certain
But not for all -- you must still draw the curtain.


The size of figures on the ground,
Is it in tens of meters found?


Parts would certainly be this long,
But the crosses have no regularity.
If you thought so, you'd be wrong,
But you may learn from the irregularity.


Or one, or hundred? Even more?
Or less than one - is that the score?


Certainly not to either, surely
Nothing longer than 40M, purely.
Nothing much shorter than 10M, either
Tiny sizes not found, neither.


The toxin used is made by man -
is that correct? I think it can
be made for something else instead?
Or was it made to get plants dead?


Truly so, the toxin's artificial
And typically used for something else.
This use isn't usually official,
And not deliberately to make plants loose.


I ask of contents of the culprit
Does oil, or copper ions rule it?


It is certainly made of oil,
A bit like the current Gulfy spoil.


Did fire ever get involved?
Can regrowth, in time, be solved?


Fire indeed was used to burn
Though, if oil's not used, growth may return.


Most of my guesses are complete flukes
Was the poison caused by Nukes?


Nothing so esoteric.
That would be truly barbaric.
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Were crosses burned with some intention
Or accidentally? I must mention
The oil that, these crosses, it found,
Did it fall from the sky, or bubble up from the ground?
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Were crosses burned with some intention
Or accidentally? I must mention
The oil that, these crosses, it found,
Did it fall from the sky, or bubble up from the ground?


The fires were not accidental,
For a purpose, they were instrumental.
The crosses were needless, however;
There was no intent to make them, never.

The oil didn't fall from the air
Or come from the ground; sadly you err.

I should, by the way, note a BLOOPER
That might confuse a solver super.
I said earlier of locations
There was not great dispersion.
In fact, if I broaden the original
There could be locations general
Some parts of the world will not have seen,
But many have, although these scenes
Something all share.
So have a care.
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The fire that we've talked about,
Did it burn the crops right out?
And oil, was it poured by man,
Liberally applied by hand?
These crosses we've discussed a lot,
Are they X's to mark spots?
And if I'm wrong, which I probably am,
Are the crosses natural, or made by man?
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Also while not all were disasters,
Certainly not on the level of Hastur's,
Yet I would avoid distortion;
So I'll say most derived from misfortune.
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The fire that we've talked about,
Did it burn the crops right out?

This is likely.

And oil, was it poured by man,
Liberally applied by hand?

This is definite.

These crosses we've discussed a lot,
Are they X's to mark spots?

Not at all an X to pin it.
Though they mark something vaguely precious,
T'was not their purpose; that'd be specious.

And if I'm wrong, which I probably am,
Are the crosses natural, or made by man?

I should think by now it's official
These crosses are entirely artificial.
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Oops! I screwed up, 'tis my wont
To forget to change the font.
If a mod can repair such,
I'd be obliged. Thank you much.
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Is it that these crosses bare
Mark the spots in fields where
These crops were burnt away?
Or were precious things released, though fated
When crops became incinerated -
Treasure from charred hay?
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Is it that these crosses bare
Mark the spots in fields where
These crops were burnt away?


This is so.

Or were precious things released, though fated
When crops became incinerated -
Treasure from charred hay?


Alas, no.
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The treasure that these crosses mark,
Was it released by the grandest spark?
And is it something pure and natural,
Or synthetic, man-made, like a spatula?

Would the farmers who own these charred fields
Appreciate the treasure that the crossed land yields?
Would other farmers? Or, more radically,
Would we now enjoy these crosses sporadically
And the treasure they mark? Tell me now,
What are the answers to these questions, how?
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The treasure that these crosses mark,
Was it released by the grandest spark?
And is it something pure and natural,
Or synthetic, man-made, like a spatula?


Before you go too far in your presumption
I'll warn you've made a false assumption.
In name only are these fields of earth
Treasure perhaps, but not of monetary worth.

To answer the question that you inquire,
I'll say that nothing was released by the fire.
It's neither natural nor 'tis frangible,
But while useful, almost intangible.
These places are usually synthetic, sure,
But farmers' fields, once customary were
A fine location
Though not usually by donation.


Would the farmers who own these charred fields
Appreciate the treasure that the crossed land yields?


I'm sure to see this use they'd dread;
At the end of it all, much might be dead.


Would other farmers? Or, more radically,
Would we now enjoy these crosses sporadically
And the treasure they mark? Tell me now,
What are the answers to these questions, how?


I'm sure you will have heard of this
And maybe been to such a place;
Though more likely you'll reminisce
Of a more artificial space.

No matter where, however, you
Will not have seen such a cross of dark hue.
They only occurred in certain situations
I hope you are never in such a station!

Occurs to me, another minor mistake
And so this further hint I'll bestow
I will point out, for your sake,
These might have been found a hundred years ago.

But certainly no more.
That is sure.
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Dark-hued crosses, did they mark
A place where doom and death did lurk?
Perhaps disease had struck the land,
The crops, or maybe the farmers' hand?
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Dark-hued crosses, did they mark
A place where doom and death did lurk?
Perhaps disease had struck the land,
The crops, or maybe the farmers' hand?


No disease here, nothing of that nature,
Though blood, you will find, is commonly denatured.
Usually not in the same place; however,
Without it death might not have happened, ever.
These places, you see, are but supportive,
Without them, some actions would be quite abortive.
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Without the things those crosses marked,
Would plant growth or harvest not be sparked?
Thus starting a minor catastrophe
As crops would wither and atrophy?
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Without the things those crosses marked,
Would plant growth or harvest not be sparked?
Thus starting a minor catastrophe
As crops would wither and atrophy?


Even without destruction and harming,
These fields would hardly be good for farming.
With these areas in use, you couldn't grow hay;
A certain activity would get in the way.
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Do animals eat in these farmers' fields?
Thus limiting the crop that this land yields?
And is, by the way, the land safe to eat,
Or will munching animals soon become tasty meat?
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Do animals eat in these farmers' fields?
Thus limiting the crop that this land yields?
And is, by the way, the land safe to eat,
Or will munching animals soon become tasty meat?


While cows and sheep in these fields once might
Have eaten, they'd get in a fright.
If from the activity they did not run,
They might swiftly find themselves in a bun.
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Do predators roam in these certain lands,
Destroying all animals by their own hand?
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Do predators roam in these certain lands,
Destroying all animals by their own hand?


Predators irrelevant, no wild carnivore
The thing that might have eaten is a well-known omnivore.

Animals and farmers are mostly irrelevant --
What might have frightened them? Now that's relevant.
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The only omnivore that, think of, I can,
Is the well-known, rational, complex human.
Is that it? And what might have frightened the two,
Is it purely by nature, Jenburdoo?
A storm, for instance, or is it man-made,
Fear from the comfort of artificial shade?
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The only other omnivore
I can think of, is the good pig.
Or do you think that there are more
Creatures which can cause that big
A damage? Also tell me, pray,
Whether this change in fields‘ array,
Has a good reason at its stake -
a marsh to drain, a road to make,
Or perhaps native troops to drill,
Please answer me if’tis thy will!
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The only omnivore that, think of, I can,
Is the well-known, rational, complex human.


Indeed, it is he who frightens the locals,
Or at least makes them shiver and hide.
Men such as these can be very vocal,
And families often don't wish to bide.


Is that it? And what might have frightened the two,
Is it purely by nature, Jenburdoo?
A storm, for instance, or is it man-made,
Fear from the comfort of artificial shade?


Some of the time, there's nothing to fear,
From the presence of these of whom you would hear.
Children, particularly, may be intrigued,
Though in time, folks might show signs of fatigue.
What danger there is, is always artificial
Sometimes out of nowhere, and not quite official.


The only other omnivore
I can think of, is the good pig.
Or do you think that there are more
Creatures which can cause that big


No animals do this damage wreak,
Of humans only do we speak.


A damage? Also tell me, pray,
Whether this change in fields‘ array,
Has a good reason at its stake -
a marsh to drain, a road to make,
Or perhaps native troops to drill,
Please answer me if’tis thy will!


In every case, for the use there's a reason,
But destruction comes only in certain season.
Is it good? Is it bad? The locals will yield,
There's never a good time to destroy a field.
Those whose action did carve the scenes
Would say the end justifies the means.
But those who lost (not just the farmers)
Certainly have cause to hate the harmers.
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Were the harmers protesting a certain cause,
Carrying destruction without a pause?
Do they burn fields to show their hate
Of something they think is not so great?
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Were the harmers protesting a certain cause,
Carrying destruction without a pause?|


While true in a sense, I do concede,
Neither do I want to mislead.
Destruction was the object, of course,
But sometimes by choice, and sometimes by force.


Do they burn fields to show their hate
Of something they think is not so great?


Again, I'd like to avoid an FA.
It's secondary that they destroyed hay.
But in almost all cases, the crosses represent
Something to fear and, if possible, prevent.
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Is war invovled? Are aircraft too?
Is the fire itself a relevant clue?
Was it set at night, to provide some light?
Or was the only intended effect the blight?
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Is war involved? Are aircraft too?
Is the fire itself a relevant clue?


All correct; the fire's key,
As are planes and conflict, you see.


Was it set at night, to provide some light?

Night-time? Unlikely, though often at dawn
Might these actions be carried on.


Or was the only intended effect the blight?

I've said before, blight wasn't the need,
Just a byproduct, to help us proceed.
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Were bombs dropped upon the fields,
Destroying all the harvest yields?
And were these fields the unfortunate
Targets of these planes importunate?
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Were bombs dropped upon the fields,
Destroying all the harvest yields?
And were these fields the unfortunate
Targets of these planes importunate?


I'm amazed; I'd not have thought,
A dwarf from under hill had got
The education to realize
That death could fall down from the skies.

But then of course I remembered
Balin's met old Smaug, who dismembered
The cities of Dale and old Lake Town
By flinging rains of fire down.

So this is correct, often a bomb
Will light up a field with aplomb.
Afterwards, sometimes grass doesn't grow back.
What is missing? Why the lack?

But be cautious, don't assume too well;
While firebombs may the grass dispel,
There's also another (related) reason
To find empty crosses in spring season.

Most important, you've a lack, my friend,
You don't know what else you must comprehend.
What makes the cross? What's the prime
Thing you need to solve this rhyme?
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Another question from the gray:
The oil that, these crosses, it made,
Was it alight before it flowed?
Or was it poured, then lit aglow?
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Another question from the gray:
The oil that, these crosses, it made,
Was it alight before it flowed?
Or was it poured, then lit aglow?


Again, correct, but only part,
Oil made only some of the crosses start
And in some cases, it might have sat
Before afire, though not in a vat.
In others, however, t'was by will,
Men personally allowed it to spill.
And then someone set it afire
And after it had burnt the pyre
Nothing was left where'd lain the load.
And nothing would grow, no matter when sowed.

I encourage, continue prosecution.
You're closer and closer to the solution.
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Was something secreted on these farms
That was the cause of flaming harm?
Something the enemy was searching for,
Causing them to set fires galore?
Or was this secret merely an illusion,
Which lead to the terrible enemy collusion?
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Was something secreted on these farms
That was the cause of flaming harm?
Something the enemy was searching for,
Causing them to set fires galore?
Or was this secret merely an illusion,
Which lead to the terrible enemy collusion?


Indeed, something relevant was on the fields,
Something that could force a foe to yield
While sometimes these things were left to rot,
Sometimes this was true and sometimes not,
That enemies set the fields alight.
There are reasons friends, too, might.
But while I can think of cases of illusions,
Beside the point are such delusions.
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Could the secret of fields be found with Geiger,
Thus causing the enemy's fierceness of tigers?
And would this evidence inevitably
At certain unfavorable times, need to be
Destroyed by the friends, so as to hide
The radioactive secret inside
The fields that outside, showed only hay?
Or if I am wrong, tell me today,
Am I wrong in the secret contents' case
Or in the destruction of this secret base?
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Could the secret of fields be found with Geiger,
Thus causing the enemy's fierceness of tigers?
And would this evidence inevitably
At certain unfavorable times, need to be
Destroyed by the friends, so as to hide
The radioactive secret inside
The fields that outside, showed only hay?
Or if I am wrong, tell me today,
Am I wrong in the secret contents' case
Or in the destruction of this secret base?


Nothing so insubstantial is found
This all happened before the sound
Of Trinity which loosed uncaptive,
Light waves that were radioactive.
The things that in these bases were found,
Were tangible (at least 'til they burned to the ground).
Balin (Balin)
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Was the fields' secret a beautiful treasure
Of monetary worth and value unmeasured?
Was something buried below ground
Where not easily would it be found?
Was the tangible secret of material good,
Was it metal or paper, plastic or wood?
If paper, was it secret war plans
That could not fall into the wrong hands?

And one more question, on to infinity,
What do you mean by "sound of Trinity"?
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Was the fields' secret a beautiful treasure
Of monetary worth and value unmeasured?


Some might call them beautiful, and valued beyond peer,
If they were an historian or an engineer.
But in context, not so much of this lore,
They're only valuable in time of war.


Was something buried below ground
Where not easily would it be found?


Not at all, the things you seek
Once sat upon ground not oblique.
Though to find them t'was not always of ease;
They can be hidden by expertise.


Was the tangible secret of material good,
Was it metal or paper, plastic or wood?


It could be either metal or wood.
Though wood's most likely to catch
These items which on the ground once stood
Now burned amid the thatch.


If paper, was it secret war plans
That could not fall into the wrong hands?


You've hit upon a common reason --
Keeping these from enemies in season.
Little unique, but fiery rapture
Is still a good choice to prevent capture


And one more question, on to infinity,
What do you mean by "sound of Trinity"?


Perhaps you've not heard of Los Alamos
Where Einstein and his ilk did ghost
And in the desert set a pyre
The first mushroom cloud of nuclear fire.
July 16, in 'Forty-five,
The sand was left glassy and nothing alive
This first test was called Trinity
Though science's hardly divinity.
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The items which are now just toast,
Did they contain other items most?
Or were they in a fine disguise,
Hidden from those prying eyes?
Perhaps they're painted or else co'ered
With some dyed or colored boards?
And one more question I have for you,
Did this happen in World War Two?
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The items which are now just toast,
Did they contain other items most?


The ones who first did this puzzle inspire
Held and stored many cargoes dire.
Not all were so, but they certainly could
Hold some things relevant, and commonly would.


Or were they in a fine disguise,
Hidden from those prying eyes?
Perhaps they're painted or else co'ered
With some dyed or colored boards?


Truly I'm ambivalent,
For camo is irrelevant.


And one more question I have for you,
Did this happen in World War Two?


Primarily -- though it might've been done
All the way back in World War One.
Across the world, through retreats and advances,
Were crossy fires found in many circumstances.
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The cargo that was hidden here,
Was it some weapons to be feared?
Or some sort of new technology,
Which no one was supposed to see?
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The cargo that was hidden here,
Was it some weapons to be feared?
Or some sort of new technology,
Which no one was supposed to see?


Again, there's not much unique here
Although nothing could be bleaker
Than burning something that you need
To fight a war, for tech's the seed
Of victory. But these items closeable
Are, commonly, quite disposable.

Remember, cargo didn't make the cross.
It's what it was in that was importantly lost.
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Were airplanes burned upon the ground?
The cross in wings and fuselage found?
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Were airplanes burned upon the ground?
The cross in wings and fuselage found?


Of course here's the answer; Congrats, Galfisk.
I do hope Balin of envy's not sick.
He worked so hard to solve last night
First him, then me, like left and right.

************ And now at last, my humble toilers,
************ You are ready for the SPOILERS!

The answer's long, I hope you'll not pale
As I take my time to tell you the tale.
It started when I saw a photo of ground,
Upon which gliders once had been found.

The gliders were scattered as soldiers went
To seize, then take back, Europe's continent.
Not parachutes, and no “Geronimo!”
Less pay and more risk when to battle they'd go.

When afterward in Flanders' Fields,
The enemy had been forced to yield,
The gliders, too damaged to take home, alas,
Were burnt, or rotted away at last.

And so for years after, in France, you know,
Germany, Crete, and the Lowlands low,
These farmer's fields upon which gore
Was spilt, held flat crosses galore.

Most grew back, but some may
Still be found in those fields today
And in other places, around the earth
Are similar signs of airmens' berth.

Airports today are concrete and steel
But in those days they were oft grassy fields
Pasture or cropland, anything would do
To provide a place where the great planes flew.

When German bombers crossed over the Channel
They burnt British planes down to ashes and flannel.
On the first day in Russia, too, there were found,
Thousands of wooden planes burnt to the ground.

To Burma, Malaya, the Philippines too
The Rising Sun came over the blue.
And as they marched closer, Allied planes were abused
So that by the enemy they couldn't be used.

And so at last, I close my rhyme.
I thank you all for your valuable time.
Thanks to Balin, who did most of the work,
And to the many who I'm sure did lurk
Thanks Alhucema, Irish Pete. and Noel,
Emma_Nilsson, It_So_Happened did well,
And to Galfisk the Swede, who got the Aha!
But of all of you solvers, I'm surely in awe.
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Jenburdoo I hope you don't think I'm crawling
By telling you this puzzle was most enthralling
I'd have loved to solve this I won't dispute
But a virus meant I couldn't compute.
And doesn't real life create the best stories
about life & death and other past glories
So kudos to you for this excellent feat
And all the best from hmmmm.... Irish Pete!
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Jenburdoo I hope you don't think I'm crawling
By telling you this puzzle was most enthralling
I'd have loved to solve this I won't dispute
But a virus meant I couldn't compute.
And doesn't real life create the best stories
about life & death and other past glories
So kudos to you for this excellent feat
And all the best from hmmmm.... Irish Pete!

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