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A dream, not a dream.
Tailless, tail-less. Puzzled? Makes
Quite the parable.


What am I referring to?


Hint #1:

There are a few cryptic-clue style indicators that I'm sure many of you have latched onto. The question is, what set of letters are they indicating? Pretty much the entire puzzle goes in order, so if you find yourself jumping around to try to solve it, you've strayed from the path.

Hint #2:

The answer you seek is a single, eight-letter word.

Hint #3:

Synonymize twice.
Cryptic clue, cryptic clue. Then,
It's a synonym.

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    $\begingroup$ hm, "tailless" seems suspiciously like a double curtailment indicator... $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Sep 3, 2015 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ Guys, I blew it - I forgot the wordplay tag. It's been added. D: $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 4, 2015 at 13:57
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    $\begingroup$ Arrrgh @BaileyM would you stop preempting all of my puzzle types!!! First crossword, then murder mystery, now haiku! It's bad enough that all of your puzzles are so good $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Sep 4, 2015 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ Is any of the capitalization important? $\endgroup$
    – Milo P
    Sep 4, 2015 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ @MiloPrice the capitalization isn't important at all, no. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 8, 2015 at 13:59

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I think @Hackiisan is right but for the wrong reason.

Allegory

A dream

A goal

Not a dream, tailless, tail-less

Not a dream = reality. Remove "tai" (a tailless tail) from reality leaves "rely" (So "Not a dream, tailless, tail-less" means "remove tai from reality")

puzzled?

anagram of "goal rely" gives you allegory

makes quite a parable

allegory

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  • $\begingroup$ You and @Hackiisan are right, but you need to combine your answers - specifically, your dream and his 'not a dream'. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 21, 2015 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I changed my explanation. Think this makes more sense $\endgroup$
    – Dr Xorile
    Sep 21, 2015 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ whew I can breathe easier now. You got it! $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 21, 2015 at 16:04
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Is it a

tale?

Explanation

A dream, not a dream

Fables is dreamy and fictional, but not a literal dream.

Tailless, tailless. Puzzled?

"tailless" - "less"(the "tail" end of the word) = "tail" (rhymes with "tale") "Puzzled" = search for homophone of "tail" -> "tale"

Makes quite the parable

"Tale" is a synonym of "parable"

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  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track, especially with how you've approached the second and third lines. The first line can actually be interpreted a bit more literally than that. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 4, 2015 at 14:56
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I'm not fully convinced (which probably means it's incorrect as your puzzles go)

But could it be:

Les Miserables?

A dream, not a dream.

A reference to the song "I dreamed a dream" - and perhaps how the situation in Paris itself is not a "dream"

Tailless, tailless

Taking the last letter from tailless cryptic style we get - Tailles which are "(in France) taxes levied on the common people by the king or an overlord" which fits with the June Rebellion in Paris that Les Mis is based on.

Puzzled? Makes Quite the parable.

I was hoping Les Mis would anagram to something to nicely fit in here, but alas..

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  • $\begingroup$ Looking for anagrams is a good way to start when I'm the puzzler in question. :) Something's tailless, that's for sure - but it's not tailless. The added hyphen should help sort that out. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 4, 2015 at 14:55
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Just thinking out loud in case somebody can use this

A dream, not a dream

Daydream, an idea, a thought

Tailless, tail-less

Tailless - tail = less, otherwise tailless - the literal tail of the word (less) = tail

Puzzled? Makes quite the parable

My guess is that the combination of two words deduced from the first two clues forms the name of a well known parable

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  • $\begingroup$ Deducing words is a good idea, and 'parable' being related to the final answer is also a good idea. My girlfriend made the same mistake when I walked her through this one - 'daydream', while it sounds like the opposite of a dream, is actually very similar. I would classify ideas and thoughts similarly. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 4, 2015 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ How about nightmare? $\endgroup$
    – wizloc
    Sep 4, 2015 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ I would continue to describe a nightmare as similar to a dream. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 4, 2015 at 15:41
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could it be,

Story, seems too easy for one of your puzzles

A dream, not a dream.

A story is can be like a dream if it is fictional

Tailless, tailless. Puzzled? Makes

Tailless, tailless sounds like tell us, tell us(At least in the south it does). puzzled? tell us what? a story. Make up a story

Quite the parable.

parables are moral stories

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Hmm.

Idea #1

It's the

Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" speech

because

A dream, not a dream.

A dream that MLK hoped to see come true.

Tailless, tail-less.

MLK's work was terminated - cut short, curtailed - by his assassination.

Puzzled? Makes Quite the parable.

The speech uses a number of rhetorical devices which have their roots in religious preaching; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream#The_speech_and_rhetoric

and

MLK was of course a minister of religion. "You know, actually all that I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Ideas.2C_influences.2C_and_political_stances


Idea #2

It's

Joseph's dreams from Genesis

because

A dream, not a dream.

In the story, dreams become prophecy.

Tailless, tail-less.

Joseph's coat of many colours is typically quite a long coat - a tail-coat! But it's taken away: Joseph is tail-coat-less.

Puzzled?

Pharoah was puzzled - needed Joseph to interpret the cow dreams.

Makes Quite the parable.

The story is a Judeo-Christian-Islamic-Baha'i religious text.

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Based on the new hints, here is my second attempt:

allegory

A dream, not a dream

Refers to the words analogy and reality. I believe "analogy" is dream-like in the sense of being hypothetical.

Tailless, tail-less

The subtle difference in punctuation for "tailless" refers to two different ways of removing a "tail" from each of the words.
logy = removing "anal" (tail in the literal sense) from "analogy"
real = removing "-ity" (the suffix being the tail) from "reality"

Puzzled? Makes quite the parable

Scrambling "logy + real" gives us allegory, which is a synonym for "parable"

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  • $\begingroup$ You and Dr Xorile are right, but you need to combine your answers - specifically, his dream and your 'not a dream'. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 21, 2015 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps "end goal" and "reality"? "End goal - end + reality - tail" = "goal + rey" = "alegory"? (Quite the parable because it's missing an L) $\endgroup$
    – Hackiisan
    Sep 21, 2015 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ You're brutally close. "Goal" and "reality" are the right words. What do you have to remove from "reality" to make your result anagram into "allegory"? $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Sep 21, 2015 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ Oh I see what you want me to do now. It's "goal + reality - (tail-less "tail")" = "goal + reality - tai" = "allegory". $\endgroup$
    – Hackiisan
    Sep 21, 2015 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ Oops I guess Dr Xorile beat me to it! $\endgroup$
    – Hackiisan
    Sep 21, 2015 at 18:00

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