My daughter and I have been working on Fandango for about 6 years....not as long as some of you, but still it has kept us awake at night trying to have that "A-HA" moment...I personally will be a little sad to see it over...we have had so much fun talking about it, working our ideas, and reading all your posts....have been to MDI three times to scout around....it seems like losing a friend....but at the same time we are both super excited and CURIOUS to find out what the solution is....I think it will be a simple method that we have all thought of countless times, and just couldn't put all the pieces together....
I find myself not only being sad, but at the same time feeling some anger, as this was the year we had planned, for so long, to go to MDI,....then Covid.....so ruined more than one dream. After all these years, devoting some time everyday to the puzzle and having notebooks and folders of information, I sort of feel I have wasted a portion of my life. It has never been about the money to me, but to break the puzzle. There just has to be something missing for it not to have been solved by so many of us. I have a folder of educated guesses, but like so many, they all lack at least one thing. I still believe that a WWW has got to be a part of it, as there are so many clues leading us that way. The best part for me will be getting to clean off two computers, my desk, and emptying a lot of notebooks and boxes. At this point, I really don't care where it is.
I've really enjoyed this hunt and look forward to hearing the solution. Personally - I think it was way over-engineered. There is just too many little things going on in the images and the text. It will be disappointing if the solution was based around one of those minor details that just blended in with the hundred other minor details. I hope the solution is eloquent and obvious and that we all kick ourselves for not seeing it right there in front of us.
I don't know if there's a place that we are posting guesses for the hidey spot, but here's mine...
My guess is the rock bridge that is south of the Jordan Dam. Sorry, that's as specific as I can get. And, it was so long ago that I came up with this, I don't remember my logic.
I was also thinking it might be under a bridge, tucked into a nook behind a structural beam or in a crevice. It can't be in the park or somewhere digging would be required, so bridges seemed logical to me.
A friend recently took a look at the bridge over Otter Cove but couldn't take a look in the arches without a boat. We didn't have a complete solve but just thought it was worth taking a look around since time was running out.