Step by step deduction
Firstly, note that MASTERING is a full nine-letter word so it takes up a whole row, and EMIGRANT is an eight-letter word so the column is either EMIGRANTS or SEMIGRANT. Also note that ARTEMIS must begin from either the 1st or 3rd place in its row, because otherwise the A will clash with MASTERING; and the remaining ...
Each rectangle of letters gives
At first I'd thought the dots in some rectangles would be
Now, what can we do with these words we've got?
Another idea is to
Thanks to Stiv, this does indeed make sense if we just simplify the tracks a bit:
and the answer is
I think you are a
You may think I'm a drone,
Some say I'm a rumour,
But near to a murder, I've no sense of humour.
When I'm at a road, You'll notice a bird,
Some fashionable jargon, From me and a word.
At the head of marines,You may see me trim,
With a unit of distance, From an actor, named Tim.
I count in fives,As part of a game,
But two is my ...
Looking at the numbers, I find that all the numbers on a light colored background are 4, 5, 6, or 7. And only five are 4 and 5.
The problem was that I don't know how to pair up the digits, except that I'm pretty sure the inner ring goes
However it goes, the "e" and "f" must be paired with "4" or "6", yielding n/N and o/O
Edit: to ...
I think the answer may be
This might fit with the first Penta-decker Vowelburger, since
A pedantic note:
Feedback section: this one was relatively quick and easy to solve, mostly because of the final clue. The number 26 is naturally going to bring one thing to mind, and (assuming we're OK with the pedantic note above) ...