First, sorry to see you go. Maybe something will pop into your consciousness in the middle of the night, and you'll come back with a piece you needed to progress further.
Excellent notes, thanks for sharing. I was looking at the 840 / eight-hundred forty, etc. also.
A note for you, maybe it will keep you attached to this hunt, maybe it won't. After they found the treasure, Sue was telling Nels how she planted suggestions into his head, and used the words "it's right in front of you" ... some of the words in that paragraph are in italics, and contain "u". Letters in front of "u" were something like (H)HOTS (if I recall), and there were some variations giving additional letters.
Post by thetictocman on Jun 15, 2017 11:58:13 GMT -5
Thanks Astree, I won't be leaving, I'll still check back everyday / every other day, just not going to go to deep anymore. I'll still be around to chat and bounce ideas. I just want this thing solved one way or another.
And Minotaur, I was almost certain you were looking in this area! After you said you were in Arkansas, I was like "uh-oh!" It is a pretty great spot and fits a lot, I just couldn't ever find that one thing.
Anyways best of luck to everyone, I'll still be around, just done diving in deep if you will.
6) Lane used reverse logic for the Nadasoda clue, so taking the last 2 letters from the words, you start out with CE DA RL... the road by the Balanced Rock is Cedarglade, where you might park. Thin, at best.
CE DA RL DA
CE ADD RLA
CLEAR ("maybe it will become clear as we get near")
Add the last 2 letters of nadaeaSY (YellowStone, Hot Springs?)
Post by zaphod73491 on Jun 15, 2017 15:15:59 GMT -5
I'm bothered by the break in the pattern for extracting two letters from each word in order to build HOT SPRINGS. Perhaps it's a red herring that he deliberately placed, and we're supposed to realize something is amiss when it doesn't end cleanly. It should be: HO-TS-PR-IN-SO-GE. So a pesky leftover O and E, with G & S out of order. Given the preponderance of anagrams, starting with HOTSPRIN could be a deliberate misdirect, and we're supposed to stick with the method and anagram the result. There are many two-word possibilities: shoeing sport, sponsor eight, pigeon shorts (or short pigeons), singer photos, throne gossip, shooters ping, storing hopes, horse posting, others posing, and my favorites: "hero signpost" and "the prognosis".
Same goes for playing the reverse game with the nadas: CE-DA-RL-OA-TT
Two-word anagrams: located rat/art, locate dart, toad claret, cattle road, car totaled, cat leotard
Didn't Pete ask that if you have a solve, not to reveal it, as he may not be able to release the other two hunts then?
He said he hoped the person that found it would keep it a secret so he could release the other two hunts. I don't really care what Pete wants anyways, he chose how design the hunt, it's on him if his other two treasure hunts are ruined.
I was 99% sure it was not there, as I explained in my post. I felt it was thin, but I feel that what led me there will be useful in the correct solve, that is, the Wizard of Oz references.
Anyway, Minotaur has checked my area, and it's not there.
For what it is worth, if I did happen to find it, I will not tell a soul until after the August deadline (this includes Pete).
It helps Pete sell books and my team makes an additional $5,000 for waiting... win/win.
Minotaurmoreno, I read your post about if you "happen to find it" (the treasure) you would not turn it in until the August deadline so that you could get the extra $5000, as it would be a win/win situation for you and Pete. Well, you obviously think very little of your fellow treasure hunters. You would be allowing them to go on wasting time on the hunt, and money on trips looking for the treasure. I find that to be morally objectionable. I don't know how many people you have in your team, but for a few more thousand bucks, you may cause other treasure hunters to waste thousands and thousands of dollars. I hope other hunters read this post and take note of what type of person you really are. If I were on your team, I would think twice about trusting you.
I hope treasure hunters that are also participating in other current hunts read your post also. They should be aware of the kind of person they are dealing with.
I think it's tough in treasure hunts, to balance giving away too much information (or what one of us believes to be correct information), vs sharing with the community and trying to help the hunt progress.
As far as I can see, no one has given away critical information; posts like what thetictocman have made help spur directions in thinking and evaluating puzzle material. These types of posts may actually be helpful to keep the hunt going, because many may lose interest.
For individual searchers, I think the hardest posts to see are where a method or information is revealed, that said searcher was not revealing, because they didn't want to give away too much.
I'll add to thetictocman, for other's to evaluate whether they want to use some of this methodology: