A Little Help for Friends With a Little Guide to my Old Testament Theory

I’m writing a puzzle book. In the beginning pages, there is a short story about four musicians wearing colorful marching band costumes. In the story, they are in a field with flowers, brass instruments and many others–to name a few:

  1. a famous male dancer from the Golden Age of Hollywood
  2. beautiful blonde, iconic film actresses from the 1950s
  3. two comedians who starred together in many movies from the 1920s-1940s
  4. an Olympic gold medal swimmer who went onto be a film star
  5. a little girl in black in white with short curls

And countless other famous, writers, musicians, politicians and actors. My short story of about 30 pages just describes them and how they are positioned in a bed of flowers, BUT, I’m not mentioning any specific names–just general descriptions in a scenario, as I just did here.

Next in the book, I have my twelve puzzles; each with an image and verse which mentions and displays, both directly and indirectly, the following AND in this particular order (NOW, some of these clues will be very specific):

Puzzle 1 –

A marching band

a raised smile

people being lonely

20 years ago

Billy Shears

a lovely audience being taken home

Puzzle 2 –

Someone singing out of tune

lending ears

a group of friends getting high

being sad because your on your own

love at first sight

someone turning out a light

Puzzle 3 –

tangerine trees and marmlade skies

kaleidoscope eyes

rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies

Newspaper taxis on the shore

a train in a station with a turn style nearby

Puzzle 4 –

a school

uncool teachers

an angry young man

a head in the sand

a man beating a woman

the man being cruel and mean

Puzzle 5 –

rain coming in

a mind wondering

cracks that run through a door

people standing and disagreeing

painting a room in a colorful way

silly people not asking why they don’t get past a door

Puzzle 6 –

Wednesday morning at 5:00 am

a bedroom door

a note

a handkerchief

a father snoring

a wife in a dressing gown

Friday morning at 9:00 am

a man from the motor trade

Puzzle 7


men and horses

hoops and garters

hogshead of fire

Bishops gate

a band beginning at ten to six

ten somersets on solid ground

Puzzle 8 –

a wall of illusion

someone talking about love being shared

life flowing

gaining the world but losing your soul

peace of mind

Puzzle 9 –

a Valentine

a bottle of wine

a locked door

someone mending a fuse

knitting a sweater by the fireside


a rented summertime cottage

grandchildren on a knee

Puzzle 10

a parking meter

a ticket in a white book

a cap and bag across a shoulder

military man

someone being free to take tea

someone sitting on a sofa with a sister or two

Puzzle 11 –

calling a wife

not wanting to go to work and feeling low

roaming the town

everyone being half asleep

taking a walk by an old school

people running around at 5:00 pm

someone watching skirts and flirting

Puzzle 12 –

sad news

laughing at a photograph

a car accident at a light

the House of Lords

English army winning a war

falling out of bed and combing hair

going upstairs and having a smoke

a dream

4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

Albert Hall

My twelve puzzles are in this EXACT order. My verse and image clues generalize, but sometimes exactly describe, as in the outline above. You’re stumped. Where do you go for further clarification in hopes to further analyze the clues? Where is the MOST LIKELY place to find out why someone is knitting by the fireside?

Abbey Road album, right? Because in “Here Comes the Sun,” there are lyrics “it’s been a long, cold LONELY, winter.” Someone is lonely, in bad weather. Rain must be coming in while sitting by the fireside.

Obviously Abbey Road’s association pales tremendously in comparison to Sargent Pepper’s fit for my puzzle. Because Sargent Pepper’s boasts “kaleidoscope eyes” in the third puzzle and “4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire” in the twelfth. That’s a very specific match. And with all of the other puzzles matching up–considering them collectively–it is extremely unlikely, that the hidden (I never mentioned song titles or names in my clues) basis for my puzzle is Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This puzzle analogy is similar to the connections I have found between Byron Preiss’ The Secret and The Old Testament. I get that my theory is hard to understand, but I do believe it’s most likely valid.

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