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FFsucker,

Are you still reporting back to Fenn all the things said on the blogs throughout the day? Just wondering? I mean, I know Dal does it, but he also said he has someone on the east coast doing it too.
FFSeeker ----- If I were the finder the first thing I would do would change my Screen name to FFFinder, since I wouldn't have to seek anymore. IMO.
I know plenty of lawyers that would take that case pro bono in a heartbeat, especially if it were found on private land. Which I think it is, however I think it is FF's private land under a pseudonym name.
All below is IMO.

I’ve described how I arrived at the cipher keywords in my e-book and my last post on this thread but many people seem to have missed what I was saying so here it is step-by-step.

Some searchers have suggested I ‘threw’ hundreds of random keywords at a block of text and when one scored a result decided that this result was deliberately engineered by Forrest. This is incorrect.

I suspected the block of text produced by assembling the nine ANSWERS may have been the output of a cipher. So I tried hundreds of words that stood out to me in TTOTC, Forrest’s Scrapbooks, blog articles etc to see if these worked as keywords to unlock the potential cipher.

I used two short segments of text (‘little turtle’ and ‘spiderman’) taken from different places in the block of text assembled from the nine ANSWERS to test potential keywords. I was testing them manually so it would have taken ages to test keywords against a longer segment of text or even the whole block of text.

The two segments I chose had different letter structure from different places so I thought covered more options than one segment from one place.

NONE of the keywords I tried on these ANSWER segments produced any meaningful deciphered text. So I gave up.

I still thought the block of text could be the result of the output of a cipher so I tried to work out the keywords based on the likely position of some letters in the keyword line of text adjacent to the first and second ANSWERS.

For (somewhat lucky) reasons as described in detail in my e-book I decided the third letter in from the start of the first two keyword lines was likely to be the letter ‘E’.

From this assumption I tried Forrest’s daughter’s name ZOE FENN as a keyword as her first name was 3 letters long so fitted with the E at the third letter position.

This was pure luck as it dropped the word ‘FENN’ into the right place adjacent to the first two answers e.g. ‘RATTLESNAKE SPRINGS’ to produce the first meaningful deciphered text I’d seen anywhere. This didn’t prove anything or confirm anything. It could have been pure chance. But I thought it was worth pursuing as it was the only meaningful text I’d generated.

Also the keyword segment ‘FENN’ wasn’t exactly irrelevant to the Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt. It wasn’t a random word I’d pulled from the ether.

From this starting keyword segment I postulated a phrase to complete this starting segment so that the results made good sense in both the keyword line of text and the deciphered line of text. Again this didn’t mean anything or prove anything.

What started to make the postulation for the first and second keyword lines look far more robust was when segments from these keyword lines were scanned against words in other ANSWERS further down the block of text assembled from the nine ANSWERS, they produced many more segments of meaningful text.

This happened for multiple answers in multiple places within the block of text, as the keyword segments were contained within similar phrases repeated down the block of text.

One of the keyword segments proposed was the word ‘INVICTUS’ I postulated that this was part of the second keyword line of text. Again not exactly a random word pulled from the ether. This word had obvious relevance to Forrest and The Thrill of the Chase. When this keyword was scanned against other ANSWERS further down the block of text it generated meaningful deciphered text in multiple locations.

As I said in my last post there can be only two possibilities for the decryption I identified.

Let me just re-iterate:

Possibility 1.

If I were to concoct the encryption result I put forward, the following would be required by me:

Restricted by the 24 lines of Forrest’s poem, I had to pick out 9 lines to use as clues and come up with answers to those lines that fitted with Forrest’s areas of personal interest.

For example two of the answers I identified are to do with comic characters – Forrest is a fan of comic books. Two are to do with Native American chiefs – Forrest’s interest here doesn’t need explaining. Two are to do with Native American / wild west fictional characters. One is to do with Clovis culture.

I had to engineer these answers so they all contained the name of a type of creature.

I then had to look through Forrest’s output to find multiple confirmatory hints for those answers.

I had to use encryption keywords relevant to Forrest such as ‘FENN’ and ‘INVICTUS’ within keyword phrases that in correct English had a meaning that celebrated Forrest’s legacy.

I had to look through Forrest’s output for confirmation for these keywords (e,g, the keyword ‘INVICTUS’ – he quotes the poem ‘Invictus’ in the Moby Dickens bookshop video).

I had to choose answers that when listed in sequence as a block of text allowed the same keyword segments to be repeated as a phrase down that block of text to produce meaningful deciphered text at multiple places within that block where the answers at these different places were made up from different types of word structure.

I had to do this so that the 9 clue lines I chose in sequence from the poem generated a set of nine answers that when listed in sequence could be decrypted to produce a meaningful set of geographical directions that worked logically in sequence from start to finish.

(If you believe I have done this I think I’ll take that as a compliment).

Possibility 2

Forrest started his riddle with a set of geographical directions that progress from a starting point to the treasure chest. With the whole English dictionary at his disposal he tried to create a meaningful phrase of text as the output to encrypting each line of text from these directions.

The output phrases could be to do with any subject on earth. It didn’t matter as long as they were formed from standard English to disguise the cipher. Then, these ‘answers’ were referenced by a clue.

Forrest concentrated on forming a complete phrase in standard English for each answer at the expense of some imperfections in the text of the underlying geographical directions.

Here’s an example using the first clue

The first line of text from the geographical directions, the phrase PC ON GREEN ED FR PUT TO, was encrypted to give a phrase with the same number of letters ‘RATTLESNAKE SPRINGS’. Then Forrest looked for a clue to reference this phrase i.e. ‘where warm waters halt’ and listed it within his poem. So the first clue was ‘where warm waters halt’. The first answer was ‘Rattlesnake Springs’. The underlying text of this answer was the first line of text from the geographical directions.

‘All’ Forrest had to do was list the nine clues in the right order anywhere in the poem so that the original geographical directions remained in the right order.

If you remove the idea of a point-to-point treasure hunt from your mind, this solution is much easier to understand.

If a Bookmaker was laying odds I know which of the above two Possibilities (1 or 2) he or she would put their money on.

Regards

The White Knight (Andrew Briggs)
Project, I only check on the chest for Fenn and don't report back what happens in this soap opera. I'm not sure Forrest could handle the daily attacks on his character and the cat fights over meaningless posts.
I once had a GF who's family was all girls and it was just like this place. I'm glad she dumped me and saved me from that never ending drama.

--FFSucker
US based Searcher.

This posting is For those Searchers who have a downloaded my e-book ‘Title to the Gold’ and have understood that the basis and method of the solution is correct:

I have an idea for where I may have gone wrong in interpreting the last 5% of the directions generated by decrypting the poem.

I’m looking for someone based in the US to check out a specific spot prior to the arrival of the snowy weather. .I will share 50/50 the value of the treasure chest and contents with the US based Searcher.

I’ve had some interest from media outlets in the US so I’d like to get a film crew to cover the search of the spot.

If you’re interested please email me at

thewhiteknightgems@gmail.com.

with your name and contact details. Also please complete the paragraph below from the e-book (the last paragraph) to indicate that you possess a copy:


‘I hope this book will help Searchers find the treasure chest by substantially reducing the target area for their search from the entire Rocky Mountains covering four States to the co-ordinates and directions I have given here. The aim of the book is to save Searchers a lot of time and expense by ----------.’

The right person will have to be trustworthy, friendly and happy to be in the public eye.

If you have the e-book you'll know which US State is relevant.

For those of you who aren't involved please keep your opinions to yourselves.

Regards

The White Knight (Andrew Briggs).
I bought the ebook. .. still have no idea what state you are looking in

Briggs, what's your take on what fenn said in the interview?
Hi Decall. The e-book gives specific co-ordinates Northerly and Westerly for the starting point followed by the directions to the treasure within a National Forest in the specified State - Wyoming.

What Forrest said in the santafe.com radio interview is what I've said. I've solved most of the puzzle, but not all. He wouldn't be able to find the treasure with the solution the same as I couldn't find it with the solution because it isn't complete. However I don't think I should beat myself up for only getting 95% of it right.
(10-19-2015, 09:49 AM)The White Knight Wrote: [ -> ]Hi Decall. The e-book gives specific co-ordinates Northerly and Westerly for the starting point followed by the directions to the treasure within a National Forest in the specified State - Wyoming.

What Forrest said in the santafe.com radio interview is what I've said. I've solved most of the puzzle, but not all. He wouldn't be able to find the treasure with the solution the same as I couldn't find it with the solution because it isn't complete. However I don't think I should beat myself up for only getting 95% of it right.

Ok then I wont tell you Forrest said you are a "publicity seeking hustler whose whole purpose was selling your book"? He said you arranged all that with one intent, getting a platform to sell your book. Opps, sorry . Several people heard him state that when I asked if you were correct in all your boasting?
Hi Deb, Where is your source for this comment?

Bet

(10-19-2015, 09:58 AM)deb Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-19-2015, 09:49 AM)The White Knight Wrote: [ -> ]Hi Decall. The e-book gives specific co-ordinates Northerly and Westerly for the starting point followed by the directions to the treasure within a National Forest in the specified State - Wyoming.

What Forrest said in the santafe.com radio interview is what I've said. I've solved most of the puzzle, but not all. He wouldn't be able to find the treasure with the solution the same as I couldn't find it with the solution because it isn't complete. However I don't think I should beat myself up for only getting 95% of it right.

Ok then I wont tell you Forrest said you are a "publicity seeking hustler whose whole purpose was selling your book"? He said you arranged all that with one intent, getting a platform to sell your book. Opps, sorry . Several people heard him state that when I asked if you were correct in all your boasting?

Deb..I just love a person that calls a spade a spadeSmile
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