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Greetings on a balmy beginning of Labor Day Weekend 2015!

I'm fairly new to this hunt--only been working on it for about a month--and I've cheekily come up with a solution that I posted at my usual hangout at tweleve.org. I'm very open to suggestions and criticisms.

Honestly, one of my biggest issues with the solution has been reconciling the genius of the puzzle construction with Forrest Fenn. If what I'm doing is correct, it's not something a first-timer should be able to invent. As much as I like the solution, it's been worrying me for this very reason.

Enter Eliza, who graciously pointed out this web site to me.

And, she told me about some intelligent searchers here, one of which is named Astree.

At which point, I nearly spit my Diet Coke all over my keyboard.

Oh my Stars and garters, methinks I've been Fooled yet again....

<cue the Hallelujah Chorus>

Hoping to go searching in the upcoming weeks,

Doc
(09-04-2015, 01:30 PM)Doc Wrote: [ -> ]Greetings on a balmy beginning of Labor Day Weekend 2015!

I'm fairly new to this hunt--only been working on it for about a month--and I've cheekily come up with a solution that I posted at my usual hangout at tweleve.org. I'm very open to suggestions and criticisms.

Honestly, one of my biggest issues with the solution has been reconciling the genius of the puzzle construction with Forrest Fenn. If what I'm doing is correct, it's not something a first-timer should be able to invent. As much as I like the solution, it's been worrying me for this very reason.

Enter Eliza, who graciously pointed out this web site to me.

And, she told me about some intelligent searchers here, one of which is named Astree.

At which point, I nearly spit my Diet Coke all over my keyboard.

Oh my Stars and garters, methinks I've been Fooled yet again....

<cue the Hallelujah Chorus>

Hoping to go searching in the upcoming weeks,

Doc

Welcome Doc!

If there ever were some fresh eyes this puzzle could use, they're yours.

I'm sure you've noticed that most of the clue-related posts are up in General Discussion. It may take you a little while to get caught up.

One fun tidbit that I've posted about before but thought you would particularly enjoy. As you know He loves to hide things in plain sight. One popular area of discussion is whether there are any coordinates hidden in the puzzle. There are, but they will only get you to within tens of miles of the treasure, and are there just for fun as a confirmer. They are hidden in the last stanza.

Latitude goes north and south (up and down) and longitude goes east and west (side to side). The latitude is given by a vertical clue, the four terminal Ds, 4 D = 40. (He uses this "sounds like" technique elsewhere, e.g., too far too = 2 4 2.) The horizontal clue was discovered by one of the more thoughtful posters, Chris Yates. Hidden in plain site in the second line of the same stanza is Fort Worth. On page 34 of the book is a post mark overlaying the words Fort Worth. The date is 10 July >>> 10 7 >>> 107. The number 107 also appears in a cartoon on Forrest's website.

So there it is. 107 west, 40 north. The same coordinates are hidden in plain sight on the map that comes with Forrest's next book, To Far to Walk, but I'll leave that for your enjoyment.

Once again, it's great to see you back in the saddle. I'm going to be traveling for the next week or so, so my posting may be a bit limited, but I'll be anxious to read about your thoughts. If you're as sharp as you were in the old days, these bloggers had better fasten their seat belts.

Liz