Had another look at this puzzle and I am starting to think that it can't feasibly be solved without BOTG. The texts that are referenced by the poems aren't easily found online which makes me wonder if you have to actually visit the spots to get the correct information.
I've had a quick look around but can't find any information on whether or not this can be completely solved from home or if solved, how you actually claim the prize without physically collecting it.
Post by GeneticBlend on Jan 2, 2019 16:22:31 GMT -5
Happy New Year to you too!
Here are my thoughts and ideas:
I haven't gotten far enough to determine if you actually need the texts that go along with the statues/monuments, but that thought HAS occurred to me as well. It seems that every one of the monuments DOES have text with it. So somewhere in the book, perhaps one of the puzzles, or maybe the numbers in the bricks, go along with that text.
Waymarking.com lists a lot of the monuments. I haven't looked to see if they list all of them, or if the text is described for each one. But that may be a good place to start.
It might also be a good idea to cross-check the numbers on the bricks with the text from that monument. I haven't had time to look into that yet. Or if someone has solved the numbers on the bricks, perhaps they might share that information.
The author might answer your question if the book can be solved without BOTG. He usually addresses questions if you post them on the Beacon Star facebook site.
From the author's response it seems if a person has a 100% correct answer and cannot travel then arrangements will be made. Encouraging for those of us with no chance of visiting the site. Hope this means more people will now join in the discussions and try and unravel some of the more challenging clues.