So, I’ve been posting some of my guesses for the location and if you were to look at them with no context you might think they are all over the map, almost as if I’ve changed my theory as I’ve tried to solve this. The fact is I’ve had 90% of my idea the same since I’ve started submitting guesses and each guess is a new interpretation of possible end clues. Think about that for a second. I feel like I’ve solved 90% of this hunt and the last 10% is leading to guesses all over the map. Why? Symbolism.
The idea that symbolism is going to pinpoint this prize leads to an infinite amount of possibilities. It’s only boundary is one’s imagination. My ideas on the end point aren’t exhausted yet, but the fact is it is becoming more apparent that trying to interpret the meaning of clues that could have multiple meanings leads to an exhaustive amount of possibilities.
I’ve yet to share any of my ideas on here, but as my well runs dry it may have to be a necessity. Maybe a fresh set of eyes would be able to see what I’m missing. That leads to another problem though. I’ve told Pete that if I solve this I don’t want the cash prize. I feel like this is a great treasure hunt and because he is still under water on the venture, I would forgo the prize. Someone else might not feel the same. Not to mention the obvious. My 90% may be completely wrong in the first place. Talk about disheartening.
Hi Goavibe, How long have you been working on this? My own experience is that I go through phases of loving this puzzle, being totally motivated by a new idea or thought and working on it almost every spare moment I have and then other times when I'm completely disheartened and fed up of the whole thing and just have to leave it alone for extended periods of time. When I am completely fed up of it and trying to forget about it I sometimes find a new idea pops into my head when I least expect it and that sets me off on another motivated delve back into it. My advice is don't force it, when you're disheartened try and forget about it do other things and only go back into it when a new idea motivates you. Something else to bare in mind is that Pete says you'll know when you have solved it. So if you still have doubts about a solution it's probably not it. I noticed you submit multiple locations around the same area (and I've done that many times too!) but if you are not sure exactly where it is then the solution is probably not correct. I hope that helps All the best Marc
I’ve been at it for about a year. I submitted my first solution in Aug last year. I took a break in October, got into The Secret, and returned with some fresh eyes. I had some new inspiration, but you are correct about not being sure of the end. I feel absolutely positive that I’ve figured out the overall big picture. I think that’s the most frustrating part of this. I thought once the wall started coming down I was going to be able to finish it.
Most of the things I’ve found have not been posted about on here or the old Tweleve forum. I can’t say for sure about on the Oracle website because those threads are deep and I eventually gave up sifting through them. I have seen a few people on the same track as where I ended up, but just not putting it all together the same way.
One thing I will say is even though he’s made a point of saying one picture will help you pinpoint the prize and it was on Good Friday, I’m not convinced that it is the Crucifixion picture per se. I think what could be happening is that picture helps us by pointing us to another picture. They are all tied together through a common thread that makes it very difficult to decipher what actually pinpoints it. Not to mention there’s the possibility of some devious red herring which may or may not be what is causing me grief at the end. I’ve often wondered if he can tell how close someone is by their misses, even if those misses are nowhere near the prize.
Pete has said there definitely are red herrings. So if you are encountering one of them you might well be on the right path. Yes I think Pete can tell when you are nearing the solution. And for what it's worth, for a while now I have thought that the solution is NOT the location. The solution leads you to the location. Pete is very careful how he uses the words solution, location, prize and treasure. I don't think they are all the same thing.
That’s very possible, especially when you consider that one of the themes the puzzle centers on is the lie. We know that each picture tells a lie, but when you start delving deeper you start to see that it’s a fundamental part of the puzzle. For example, we know that idioms are important and one of the most prominent ones comes from the Oracle at the end, “The Devil is in the detail.” It’s also emphasized by Pete himself in one of his clues. But when you look up the meaning and where it came from, it derives from the earlier phrase, “God is in the detail.” We know that Satan is the Deceiver so is this idiom a lie in a sense, and/or a clue because of it? Also, consider that the story starts with a lie from the two boys as they tell their father they are going to go play Snooker, but they just want to check out the time machine.
If the lie is an integral part of the theme, then this puzzle is a magnitude more difficult as we may have to figure out the one lie to rule them all, so to speak.
Very interessting. Unfortunatly I did not find a cipher so far. If there is any it should be easy so a 9 year old could solve it, for example the Ceasar Rotation Encryption. Isn't there a hint in the Big Bang Poem "with red shifting radiation"? Hmm a lot to think about. The first year of my treasure hunt journey I was just busy with decrypting the red Capital letters. But with no luck...
I always thought Poetry, Idioms and Rhymes means RIP. Some one died...