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       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 
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 1  |  T  N  R  C 18  P  1  2  L 19  Y
 2  | 14  E 25  A  D  D 10  Q  9  B  D
 3  | 20  2  R  V  5 12  C  7  3  P  T
 4  |  L  M 11  R 22  V  S  1  Y  3  C
 5  |  R  X  A  6  Z  8 22  G 10 15  I
 6  |  J  B  2 14  H 25  S  M  7  5 24
 7  |  5  F  8  O  5  K  N  8 12 18  U
 8  |  V 11  G  Q  4  Y 26  H  T  W  B
 9  | 13  I  4 17  R  U  A  J  P  8 21
10  |  S  E  E 20 16  E  O 23  5  3  L
11  |  O  4 19  X  9  N  D  1  R  6  H

First take the first of Roman numeral V,
Then second from second, it's easy you see.
Follow that up with the last of the second,
A Fourth: fifth of sixth, or so it is reckoned.
The next can be found in the middle of ten.
What's next? Third of three gets added on then.
Follow that pattern, append fourth of four,
Choose second of nine next, of this I am sure.
At ninth, we tack on the second of one,
And add on the third of eight (nearly done),
End with the start of second to last,
And join them together (I'm sure you'll be fast).
Now, follow these steps with an observant mind,
And all going well, ___ ________ you'll find!

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    $\begingroup$ I liked this one because it has a lot of red herrings that most everyone would get at first. $\endgroup$ – Xandawesome Dec 21 '15 at 20:57
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RED HERRINGS

I dont think this answer needs much explanation.

EDIT:

Previous solution is wrong. True solution is:

THE SOLUTION

How:

A of B in each row of the poem refers to letter A of row B of the poem itself.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm... That doesn't seem right... $\endgroup$ – Alconja Oct 13 '15 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ then there are way too many red herrings since even if you dont have the square you could still get "red herrings" as an answer just from the poem. $\endgroup$ – The Dark Truth Oct 13 '15 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Alconja edited my answer. Is this better? $\endgroup$ – The Dark Truth Oct 13 '15 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh, that looks better. Well done, you found the solution. :) $\endgroup$ – Alconja Oct 13 '15 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ And for completeness, in case people stumble across this later, there's three lots of red herrings: indexing into the rows of the grid, indexing into the columns, and indexing into the phrases (I.e. First take the first of "Roman numeral V") $\endgroup$ – Alconja Oct 13 '15 at 13:12

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