Those totally brainwashed millionaire wolf degenerates devastated PhD academic honor.
Kids defend.

Hint #1:

Perhaps you could get some help from Professor Bermott?

Hint #2

Or by looking closely at some Aegean hedge scans?

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    $\begingroup$ Nice puzzle, MetaZen! I assume that this is in the theme of your previous puzzles? Regardless, "totally brainwashed millionaire wolf degenerates" is my favorite new insult. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Apr 26 at 1:33
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    $\begingroup$ If that’s your favorite new insult, wait until you see the answer! $\endgroup$ – MetaZen Apr 26 at 1:47
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, dear. This can't end well. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Apr 26 at 1:51
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    $\begingroup$ If this puzzle follows the same mechanism as your previous ones (and I'm certain that it does), then I feel it's a bit underclued, since the question is broader this time around. Without a computer to brute force or additional hints, I'm not sure how one would go about solving this despite knowing the mechanism involved. $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Apr 26 at 4:02
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    $\begingroup$ Also want to say, this puzzle sort of wrote itself. It will appear to be much more planned out than it was when the answer has been found! $\endgroup$ – MetaZen Apr 26 at 4:42

Like the previous puzzles posted by OP, the trick here is that

the text can be anagrammed to form both a well-known quote and a leftover phrase that answers the question posed in the title.

From Hint 1,

we know that we are looking for ROBERT FROST POEMS, which is an anagram of the italicized phrase.

I believe then that what we're looking at is

an anagrammed version of the last three lines of the last stanza of Frost's well-known poem Road Not Taken (the remaining letters are tacked on at the end):


(Hint 2 actually leads us to this conclusion, since the italicized phrase anagrams to AGES AND AGES HENCE, which appears in the line directly before these three.)

The remaining letters

anagrams to CAPITALISM ENDS, which I guess could resolve the situation between the kids and the millionaires, but that's a rabbit hole I'm not willing to go down.

Side note:

The OP also stated in the comments that the poem tangentially relates to the final answer. I interpreted that as referring to how Frost wrote about issues regarding the rise of industrialism, but it turns out it was even more of a stretch than that - the remaining letters can also anagram to SEND CAPITALISM (one of my initial guesses), which makes two "diverging roads" with regards to how to solve the issue presented in the problem.

  • $\begingroup$ Excellent work, but the final answer is something different and possibly related to the title, the puzzle, and the poem if you stretch it a bit. $\endgroup$ – MetaZen Apr 26 at 5:22
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, I'm looking through the list and can't seem to find any other good fits besides rot13(FRAQ PNCVGNYVFZ). Is that what you're looking for? $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Apr 26 at 5:29
  • $\begingroup$ Very very close, but also quite the opposite. Although, depending on someone's political leanings, your answer could fit too, I suppose. $\endgroup$ – MetaZen Apr 26 at 5:32
  • $\begingroup$ Based on @MetaZen's comments, presumably that makes it "ends"... not "send"..., which was one of the ones I had in my list, which kind of tenuously works with the riddle. (though a riddle about a wolf and baby goats also "depicts animals"). $\endgroup$ – Alconja Apr 26 at 5:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Brandon_J your fears have been confirmed (well, it depends on your perspective) $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Apr 26 at 5:55

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