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    Default Journey to strange places - April's Blind Sniff

    Welcome to April’s Blind Sniff. As always the aim is to guess the juice. We have a bonus round this month; I hope that is going to be alright with everyone.

    Wake up in the morning, on Saturday and open vial #1. Narrow it down, notes, market, gender, feelings, and emotions.

    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Sniffers are welcome to guess in the thread, but those guesses will be treated as musings, all official guesses must come via PM. (If you guess too fast [the first five minutes after sniffing] I won’t confirm until others have had an opportunity to work through a little. The home audience should guess via pm, but may post questions publicly.

    Most of all have fun.

    . . .

    Welcome to April’s Blind Sniff. Take a trip with Sammy. Sammy’s going places. Sammy is in love.


    The first time Sammy saw her, he saw her through a haze of smoke though the blare of the band imitating the three cord nonchalance of the Sex Pistols. In the crowd of black, black hair, black nails, leather and hard edges, she looked, in contrast, pure. Not innocent, but pure.

    He moved through the crowd, wading closer to try to see if her eyes were gray or brown. She reached toward him. Her hand on his hand stopped time, and the coolness and heat of her skin on his skin conveyed all the secrets of eternity. In that moment she stepped closer. Like a hound he caught her smell. He got her in his nose, in his head and he had her.

    The band finished their song. The crowd moved - black hair and leather between them, they parted. She was gone.

    He followed her east, first to Brooklyn. At the Navy Yard Sammy signed on for the first boat to sail. He crossed the Atlantic, trying to catch a whiff of her but getting only salt breezes. He despaired through the Azores. He sulked past the Cape of Good Hope.

    He toiled through the Indian Ocean loading crates and cleaned fish across the China Sea. Finally, Sammy headed toward the beginning - the first island, the first mountain, the first gardens, the first groves. He could smell her and knew he was getting closer. In Awaji he lost her again.

    He wandered. His boat had sailed. Now every highway took him nowhere. In despair he turned back, he longed for her gray eyes and, failing that, the gray lines of New York.

    He headed home, but a flash of yellow brick detoured him. It seemed a color she might wear. The breeze teased him with a scent that might be hers. He followed that road to the Emerald City, then the trail was gone.

    His high top Chuck Taylors were worn through, and black. Clicking his heels took him nowhere.
    The docks of Oz were like the docks anywhere - wet pylons, graffiti, and forgotten dinghies. No one looked or cried ‘thief’ as he stole a boat and headed west.

    He sailed away past the rocks where the sirens sang. They didn’t slow him down. They had nothing on her. Past the Cyclops, he rowed until the blisters on his palms wept. Sammy wanted to weep too. He hauled his boat into the reeds, and shouted. He tilted back his head, and howled and his black hair was ripped by the breeze as he crossed the Elysian Fields.

    His shouts woke Kronos, and woke his pity too. Kronos took him by the shoulder and turned him and pushed him back onto the road, then pushed him again to keep him stumbling on.

    He had her scent in his nose, could almost taste her in his mouth all through Paris. The essence was so elusive it might have been smoke, but he knew she was close.

    He found her dancing on the left bank of the Seine. Trees crossed their arms above them like a wedding canopy He ran to her and fell to his knees. He lay prostrated until she reached for his hand. She pulled him to his knees. He stood, and she led him home.
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    Wow, this is one imaginative travelogue. Can't wait to hear more!

    What time -- 9 am NYC 8 am ORD and 2 pm IST?

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    That sounds like a plan.

    Wait! More? Uh oh.

    No, I think the rest of you must supply the more!
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    I'll be here at 8:00 cst. The story has me totally confused, btw. This should be interesting, lol.

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    What an intriguing story!Can't wait to see how this one goes.Good luck,everyone!
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    What atmosphere! A whiff of intrigue. Or maybe a couple of whiffs...
    This seems appropriate:

    We shall not cease from exploration.
    And the end of all our exploring
    will be to arrive where we started
    and know the place for the first time.

    T. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

    Onward! :-)
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    Interesting...

    now I know what to expect less than before I read this :|

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    Asked Shades to sticky us up on top.

    No fear, we will get it. The contextual clues should help us, I think. In this round official guesses are accepted through PM, we might want to send them to the both -- our host and co-host.

    Let's read the text together and analyze it -- I know, I can invent clues where they do not exist, but I am willing to take this chance. We also do not know if the text is about Scent 1 or the whole journey of 4 scents.

    1) Sex Pistols -- Vivienne Westwood used to hang out with them (this 60 y.o. Granmama is still rockin' it baby!);
    2) Black hair -- grey eyes (light floral scent -- dark drydown), leather?
    3) Brooklyn -- Bond #9 NY based scents?
    4) Set Sail -- Nautica -- Navy;
    5) The Azores -- South Africa scents;
    6) Indian Ocean -- India -- China;
    7) Awaji -- will have to read more on this;
    8) Turn back -- NY -- home (American scents?);
    9) Imaginary locations -- EL Emerald Dream/ Coty Emeraude -- Oz (Australia?)?
    10) Sirens, the Cyclops, Kronos;
    11) Paris.

    It is probably all in vain, but at least I am trying to think before leaping.
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    Read on Awaji(shima) -- the most ancient populated territory of Japan.

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    twolf, see that's the problem. we have just 4 samples :P
    I'll stick to the notes first, then check out if anything may somehow make more sense :|

    when do we begin ?

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    In about 40 minutes. Where in Turkey are you and what time is it there?

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    Good morning!
    Warning! Warning! Warning! I haven't caffeinated yet!

    There are four scents. Three of them are linked to the clues of places of legend. The bonus round is not. (There is a story about that but I don't look very smart in it, and it gives way too much away. We'll have to come back to that at the end.)
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    All right. I know Kiliwia is logged in too.

    Come on in, dear, let's play.

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    As soon as our Kiliwai logs in you are all free to sniff #1
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    I like your list Twolf. Mine came down to 4, New York, South Africa, Japan and Paris.

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    I smell citrus.

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    I do too -- what do we say -- mandarine or grapefruit?

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    It's 3:35PM here.

    I get apricot! that's a strong one.
    it's a floral fruity feminine, probably.

    some green apple maybe?

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    I think it is not apricot or peach -- I rather think it is osmanthus.

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    Technically, it is a simple scent -- citrus -- florals -- spice -- musk -- wood.

    Would you say it is floral or fruity-floral with osmanthus?

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    I'd say both grapefruit, mandarin orange and some bergamot.

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    I'd go with fruity floral.

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    Nah, bergamot would have them fizzy needles. What do you say, S?

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    You guys are good.
    Osmanthus check
    Grapefruit check
    Bergamot check
    Saripatates you're closing in on something with the apricot, but it's not apricot.
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    I agree about Feminine marketing and fruity-floral.

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    I was thinking of saying osmanthus, but it's really very apricoty to my nose.
    sweetening tells me this is supposed to be fruits. it is fruity floral.
    I may be attributing the slight tartness to the apricot thing, I don't get distinct citrus.
    it may be tangerine/mandarin

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    I would also say probably Designer.

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    It is a feminine and fruity scent, but there is no tangerine listed.
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    Not apricot, but closing on something -- peach?

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    Does it have kumquat?

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