I feel like we still need to crack the code about dogs and trees. Just about every clue has referred back to dogs and/or trees, so the clues must all be related somehow. It sounds like djjd is trying to tell us how to solve the clues - the stuff about treeing the first good clue, etc. But we're missing it. We can't figure out which TN dog barks the loudest if we don't even know who the dogs are.
The original posts that said we were barking up the wrong tree and the speculations thread was barking up the right tree would make US the dogs, since we're the ones doing the barking. Is it possible that a poster here is the TN dog who barks the loudest? I don't know who's from TN, but I know there are a lot of Tenneseans on here, so who's from Tennessee who's had some strong ideas about who they think is playing (probably that they've been talking about in the speculations thread)?
And I'm assuming our tree references are all like...trains of thought. We need to keep branching off of what we're coming up with and taking ideas a bit further, so it's a tree rather than just a train that's going linearly.
Plastic- you are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO close but yet so far away. I mean, you are almost stepping in the dog poo.