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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #5: On-and-onograms


RULES:

The black footpath (marked by black digits) must be contiguous.

The answer to this "onogram" is a 7 word phrase. To find the phrase, use only the | and - squares found on the 22 3x2 "clocks". The footpath is only for decoration.

onogram

Text version:  
Rows  
                        |   |   -   |   1   |   -
                    -   2   |   -   1   |   2   |
|   -   1   1   -   |   2   1   -   2   -   |   2
        3   |2  1   -   1   1   |   |   |   3   -
                        |   2   |   1   |   -   |
                        |   -   1   -   |   |   -

Columns
        |           |                   |               -       1                       -               1
    -   -           1   |   -           -               1       -           |           |               -
    |   1           |2  1   -           |       |       |   1   -   1       1       1   -   1   |       |
1   1   |   1   1   -   |   1   1   1   1   2   1   1   -   |   |   |   1   |   1   |   1   |   1   1   -
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The final phrase is

The road goes ever on and on

Starting with the nonogram

We can find the solution easily as long as we remember that the black path must be contiguous

Now, we can see that there are at most one blue and one yellow square in each 3x2 rectangle. Since these were called "clocks", we can assume that the blue and yellow squares are the clock hands. Furthermore, we should assume that the clock starts with both hands pointing up (with the blue covering the yellow) and identify this with the letter a. Then, if we similarly map all of the clock faces to letters (yellow up, blue NE -> b etc. with the yellow moving clockwise each time the blue has gone a full circle), we get the following message:

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