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Panic! At The Disco Get Timely, Announce New Single Via Online Puzzle

Do you know what time it is?

Well, according to the invisible clock, it’s 9, though no one seems to be sure if that means a.m. or p.m., or why the difference is important. And, of course, there are some who still can’t even see the clock – you know, since it’s invisible and all – so they’re busy trying to figure out the 23-character word puzzle, even though everyone seems to believe that they’ve already solved it, despite the fact that they have no proof to support that belief.

Confused? Well, you must not be a Panic! at the Disco fan.

Yes, welcome to day three of the ongoing mystery surrounding PATD’s Web site, one that has already involved “Wheel of Fortune”-inspired shenanigans, photos of delicious tacos and secret messages from the band – catch up on all the background here – and only seems to be getting weirder by the hour.

Late Thursday night, the band – or whoever’s running this whole thing – upped the ante again, posting an image of a clock on its site that showed 9 o’clock. The only thing was, you couldn’t see the clock, unless you decided to “Select All” (you know, CTRL + A) on the page, and then – pow! – there it was. But just what did it mean?

Some fans speculated that it referred to “Nine in the Afternoon,” a song Panic had been playing live in recent months – including in Fall Out Boy’s Fantasy Suite during the MTV Video Music Awards. The song was also rumored to be the first single from their yet-untitled new album, which is due in March. Others believed that the clock meant that the band would be debuting a new song online – maybe on its MySpace page, maybe on a site like AbsolutePunk.net – at 9 o’clock (again, no one seemed to know if that meant a.m. or p.m. or what day this would happen, and don’t even get us started on the time-zone issue).

So who’s right? Well, here’s what a spokesperson for Panic’s label, Atlantic, told MTV News: The clock does indeed refer to “Nine in the Afternoon,” which will be the first single from the band’s album. No, Panic won’t premiere the song online anytime soon, but they are shooting a video for it, on December 20-21 in Los Angeles with director Shane Drake, who helmed their VMA-winning “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” clip, as well as the one for “But It’s Better if You Do.”

This information seems to confirm a supposed “casting call” for the “Nine in the Afternoon” video that began making the rounds Friday afternoon (December 14). In it, producers claim to be looking for “40 extras total. … There are different periods, looks, wardrobe and hair changes.” The concept for the video apparently involves “a series of bizarre yet fundamentally recognizable events with the bandmembers.”

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