Solution: Reading Exercise Number 1

Reading the first letter of every line produces:

get code from macrons and breves

Macrons and breves are symbols written above vowels to indicate whether the vowel sound is long or short. When the clue wants you to get a code from them, it is trying to connect long and short syllables to a standard code—specifically Morse code.

For example, the first two lines:

green clad key size
eat cue flame

can be read as

long short long long
long long long

and thus as

- . - -
- - -

or simply


The reading exercise is therefore both an exercise in code reading and in pronunciation. Decoding fully reveals the somewhat helpful hint:

you might use Morse code early on


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