One of the things I would like to ask, and I posted this on the Oracle website, is that the author has given out clues. On April 18th, 2014, he wrote, "Today's picture will help you pinpoint the treasure but what about the bigger picture?" Since I only purchased the book recently, I don't know what "today's picture" was. I know that most people won't have notes that go back to 2014, but I am hoping that by posting, someone will remember what picture he was talking about.
The author mentions in another clue that "one picture helps you pinpoint the prize", so it is almost the same clue, but written with different words. He must be referencing the same picture. I feel like this particular picture must be important for him to mention it twice in his clues.
Were you able to identify the 'picture'? What picture is it that he is referring to?
The biggest issue with the errors in the book and pdf has been frustration, so beware! People have believed they were onto something by spotting a difference between the pdf and printed book, or a misprint in the book... only to discover it was a mistake made by the author and not identified in any proof-reading. It has caused some people to doubt the integrity of the puzzle.... a treasure hunt needs absolute accuracy to work so doubt was cast on this puzzle when the author published a book AND a pdf version with errors. Although Pete has confirmed the errors will not affect the solving of the puzzle he also said he was unaware of some "typos" until they were pointed out by players. So how many more errors lie undetected? We won't know until one of us stumbles across one and goes off on a wild goose chase, only to discover it was a careless error in the first place. Chances are that most errors have now been identified but it does leave a sense of unease. One or 2 typos are excusable (perhaps) but, personally, I've never seen a book reach print and have as many errors as this has.... and that's disconcerting given that it's a treasure book where accuracy is imperative to finding a solution, whether or not Pete has dismissed his errors in hindsight.
Post by inatimate1 on Aug 13, 2018 13:36:30 GMT -5
Hi Guys, I'm new to this place and have recently stumbled across The Oracle, I've tried to dissect the clues along with the rest of you and have worked my way through the comments on the original site to try and get myself up to speed and thought I would offer my two cents to try and help reach the solution..
From what I've found, Clues 8 & 11 are both the same "today of all days time is of the essence" and both were posted on Good Friday, as was the 24th Clue "Today's picture will help you pinpoint the treasure but what about the bigger picture?"...
So we can hazard a guess that these three clues all point to the Crucifixion picture which will apparently "help us pinpoint the treasure". I've read before about the mention of the spear being a clock based reference pointing in an 11 o'clock direction, but also the reference in the poem "At eleven he was nailed to the cross", that's the time that jumps straight out when reading through the poem.
Clue #26 also says that "One picture helps you pinpoint the prize", assuming that this is the Crucifixion picture, it's safe to say that there is a real tell tale sign given by this picture that isn't give elsewhere. My assumption is that the "pinpointing" is a reference to the sun shining from behind the cross. Pinpointing is also further referenced in the 21st clue about the summer solstice, asking why it is "The Longest Day". To me the answer why is because it is the day with the longest amount of sunlight, all but confirming that the Sun is the way to "Pinpoint" the treasure.
The part about the "bigger picture" seems to be a reference to the Russia picture, as it is twice as big as the rest of them. The next time we see a reference to the "bigger picture" is in clue #28 (which Pete points out is a Belated Easter Clue):
"What happened on Good Friday? What's the link with Y2K But first the bigger picture It's not written in the scripture"
There's another mention of Good Friday and a link to Y2K, as well as the bigger picture being first... The "link" I've got to Y2K is that Good Friday was on April 21st in 2000. April 21st 753BC is traditionally believed to be the date that Rome was founded, which again I don't think is a coincidence given the specific mention of Y2K.
Four of the clues (10, 15, 26 & 29) all use the phrase "Face the Truth", clue #15 states that we have to "find" the truth before "facing" it, one of those clues that mention facing the truth is #29, which also mentions arriving at the pyramid. I'm going to have a more in depth look into this but the facing the truth just draws me to the Einstein picture, tracing from the eyes of the crystal ball Einstein through the eyes of the 'real' Einstein and up to the top border I managed to spell out the word "END", but I think that might just be purely coincidental, but there's definitely some major hint to do with faces here.
I'll get better at this in time. Just nice to find something I can get deeply involved with!