# Main Clue

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• 06-21-2010
animal painter
Well-hidden in Tennessee
Still in Tennessee...

The obvious I-40 in Tennessee may yet be the correct Hyw.
In previous solutions, the clues were not too obscure.

But if this is the solution for number 12... the author may
have added many red-herrings on this floor.

There are many!

Here is a more covert solution....Not crazy...just more hidden.

The wall of drawers is divided into different sections.
The section which includes the open drawer (with the
green object attracting our attention) has 24 drawers.
It seems there is a space dividing this section from the
drawers partially covered by the ladder.

This may be our Hyw...I-24

The objects on the top of the fireplace are of interest.
They are grouped according to the material of which they are made.
There is 1 metal pan, 3 glass containers (beakers), and 3 wax candles.
This can give us Mile marker 133.

The rest areas at mm 133 are across from each other...
but if you look at the aerial view, they are not symmetrical...
and they do not form the eye-shape.

Someone said the feather in the hats may denote direction.
The hat hanging up in the kitchen has a feather pointing East.
It may mean that we look in the East bound rest area.
(Although...if I were searching...I would look at the West bound
as well, if it were not at the East bound.:))

If someone lives in or near Tennessee, I anxiously await your
findings for this solution...and the possible I-40 solutions I have
AP
• 06-21-2010
MayorSara
bunsen burner + red eye + two (for the two test tubes) =
bb underwent eyesore -->
borne blight =
bb hint L gore

Of course, Al Gore is a Tennessee native.

Some weeks ago, I had a Bush/Gore clue for Floor 12 that I thought was just a weird coincidence. (I don't believe I even wrote it down, it seemed so unlikely.) Subsequently, I had a clue that seemed to indicate that the marker for this site may be on a bush or shrub. So someone likes puns. (I like them almost as much as gorillas, ghosts and elves.)

Also, a bit more on Doc's "four teas = four states" insight. I was half kidding when I wrote that WyMiTn and Ut = Winy Mutt, but this could actually be an allusion to the Elvis song I unwittingly used as a title for an earlier post: "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, just a cryin' all the time...." So there was never an intended slight to the U of Tenn mascot. My apologies.

I wonder whether the fancy remote control for the television is also an allusion to the TVA (Tennessee Vally Authority = TV authority)?

Finally, I forgot to include the "Area: Lead Gush" in evidence for the mile 425 site in my post on the Floor 4 thread this morning. The lead bars on Floor 10 are right next to a dammed-up area in Klobberduck's apartment. This would seem to further support the dig site next to the reservoir.

I'm so giddy! Wish I could make the fourteen-hour trip myself! I may do if no one gets over to Dandridge and finds this number this week!
• 06-22-2010
MayorSara
Any Chemistry majors out there?
I think we may get a Eureka moment if we can put together some chemistry clues.

Could bicarbonate (from the pepto bismol clue) and nitrate be components of the PAN molecule on the blackboard? What other molecules would be needed (if any) to complete a PAN molecule?

I get nitrate as a possibility from the "Toilet + Steps + Curtain" anagram. ("Toilet + Steps + Carpet" may also be important. Or maybe even "Toilet + Steps + Carpet + Curtain.)

One possible solution is "Nitrate Septic Lotus". When I see the word "lotus" in a clue, I always think of the green statue in Ternky's apartment. The figure is not only sitting in the lotus position, but someone pointed out many weeks ago that it is positioned directly over the toilet in Quello's apartment.

Also, could the word "septic" somehow refer to the "Something was washed here" clue from the official Twintig website?

Bicarbonate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nitrate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• 06-24-2010
MayorSara
I'm still intrigued by that possible anagram of "Total Eclipse of the Heart = Hole Place Fortieth State".

I believe we are seeing that clues on Floors 12, 9 and 4 - and probably 13 - are working together to guide us to the last three numbers. So this apparent South Dakota clue from the text that goes with the 4th floor does not necessarily contradict the evidence in the 4th floor text and illustration that supports a TN solution.

What else do we see (if anything) that might focus our attention on South Dakota?

Lots of forties / four teas / four t-shirts on the 12th floor, as has been pointed out many times.

This may be too far-fetched, but bear with me: The same anagram input could also yield "Total Eclipse of the Heart = T-shirt hole Faecal Tee Top". The "t-shirt hole" on the Floor 12 is labelled "out". The top of the "faecal T" is the top of the toilet, which normal human beings might call a "lid". "Out Lid = Lit Duo". The Lit Duo on Floor 13 could be Ofudosan and Seth, but we need more letters to get where I want to go, so I would input "Two cans + Ofudosan + Seth + Mask". (Maybe we also need the mirror? The space where an artwork appears to be missing? Is it an Aztec Mask we need to input?)

Anyway, with that input you can get many variations on this kind of outcome: South Dakota Scans Fen Mows. (A Fen is a marsh, by the way, and we know how Gus feels about marshmallows.)

I only recently warmed up to Doc's long-ago rebus interpretation of the pictures in the Floor 12 entryway when I considered that "rocky space" might refer to "badlands". This is a term used in many states to refer to rocky, inhospitable terrain. I believe that South Dakota is well known for its area called The Badlands.

Another clue that may or may not relate to a South Dakota solution: In one of the wall gaps on Floor 9 is a microphone. "Microphone = Moon Cipher". Because "Moon River" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" could be moon-related (if you think of a lunar eclipse), I thought both of these clues might relate to a single moon-related motif that would all point toward the same dig site.

I wonder if the orbs throughout the illustrations are allusions to "moon ciphers"?

I just googled "Moon South Dakota" and found a small community near the state's western border with Wyoming. It appears to be near communities called Keystone (aha!) and Lead. Aside from Quello's stolen lead bars, there was another clue about "Area: Lead Gush" that came out of the "Imagine Whirled Peas" puzzle. Since a lot of the clues appear to have more than one meaning, I don't believe this possible Lead clue in South Dakota necessarily contradicts the supporting TN evidence we saw earlier in the same clue.

Another far-fetched notion? Also near Moon, S.D. is a community called Custer. The Sioux called Custer "Long Hair". (I expect that was one of the nicer names for him.) That nickname may reconnect us with the Pharoah's Tomb clue that came up when we were deciphering the central Pepto Bismol clue on Floor 12:

Quote:

Anagrams of "pepto bismol" include "Mile Bop Spot". This made me look up the Hale-Bopp Comet. It's not spelled correctly, but look what's in Wikipedia:

Quote:

The comet may have been observed by ancient Egyptians during the reign of pharaoh Pepi I (2332 – 2283 BCE). In Pepi's pyramid in Saqqara is a text referring to an "nhh-star" as a companion of the pharaoh in the heavens, where "nhh" is the hieroglyph for long hair.
Anagrams of "pepto bismol" also include "Lo Pepi's Tomb". We know that the 12 from the clock was stolen from the bowels of a pharaoh's tomb (see Ternky's remarks on the inside front cover).
Custer's long hair may be taking us back to Pepi's Tomb by way of the Hale-Bopp Comet.

None of the group of Moon, Keystone, Custer or Lead, S.D. appears to be on an Interstate. It appears that our only options for Interstates in S.D. are 90 and 29. But there are lots of sites on those two roads:
South Dakota Rest Areas | Interstate Rest Areas

One of the clues in Gus' recent "Replaceable" post was the "Sravanabelagolan Monolith". Out of this, you can get:

Area hint moons naval global
moon a savannah gorilla belt
moon a savannah gerbil atoll
room hint bananas agave loll

More solving to be done with these, but I find that anagrams sometimes give you "milestones" to show that you're going the right way. A savannah is a grassland, and Moon, S.D. is surrounded by national Grassland areas.

On the other hand, I thought Red Butte, Wyoming was a pretty strong solution for the 12th Floor (Interstate 80, Mile 323 from the arrangement of drawers in the corner of Quello's apartment). I believe it is also in a Badlands area. If you count Red Butte as one point of a Green-Yellow-Red three-point clue (explained in earlier threads and illustrated in Gus' sketchbook on the inside front cover of TCWAF), you can use Red Butte, Yellowstone Park and the Green River to make a G-Y-R trio in Wyoming. If you want to.
• 06-24-2010
Domino
The only one I believe is going to be overly hard and take more analysis and a different approach is the number 12. Most likely the other two numbers are as simple as the the first 9 and we are just missing it. I cant help but think that if Idaho was as densly populated 1 to 2 hour drive around the area(s) as the Ohio spot, it would be found by now. I know of very skilled people who went to the Ohio location multiple times but still came up empty handed, ready to throw that location on the scrap heap..then BEHOLD, that is where it turned up.

I believe it is an error to try to overthink for either of the other numbers. The 12, all bets are off on that one, and all theorys could prove worthy. With the 1 and the 6, it is a good chance that someone on here has walked near one of them already. Just my hunch and dos cents.

Hunt Happily.

Domino
• 06-24-2010
animal painter
Agree
I agree with you, Domino.

The only question I have is...how can we use 13 floors to find
only 12 numbers...Unless two floors point to the same number?
If two floors independently provide the location for the same
number...it would seem that it would be twice as likely to be found.

The latest "Gus" clues give us the following numbers to ponder":
0,2,3,8 and 1,9,8,6 .

AP
• 06-24-2010
animal painter
Memphis checked
I just had someone check the Welcome Center at Memphis, TN.
(Hyw I-40, MM 1) No luck....Phooey!

because you could see the huge Pyramid Arena
from the Welcome Center!

AP

(He also asked the gardener if anyone had found a piece of
metal nailed to any tree..and the answer was no.)
• 06-24-2010
MayorSara
Quote:

Originally Posted by animal painter
I just had someone check the Welcome Center at Memphis, TN.
(Hyw I-40, MM 1) No luck....Phooey!

because you could see the huge Pyramid Arena
from the Welcome Center!

AP

(He also asked the gardener if anyone had found a piece of
metal nailed to any tree..and the answer was no.)

Darn! Since there are "two of everything" on Floor 4, I had wondered whether Tennessee might hold two of the treasures. But this was the second site I had in mind, so maybe it will just be one dig site per state after all.
• 06-25-2010
animal painter
No luck in Memphis, again
While in the Memphis area, my searcher checked
out I-69 mm3 this morning.

No luck...

It is just a short stretch of I-69 which overlaps I-55...
The rest area website mentions only I-55 for this
large Welcome Center/ Rest Area.
(It also has a "Pyramid" there!)

My Hyw clue was the "69" formed by the belt and pulleys
on the changing-machine. The mm clue was the 3 candles.
(There are other 3's but this was obvious.)

No matter...He did not find the treasure in Memphis:(
AP
• 06-27-2010
animal painter
North Carolina I-40 mm 324
This is just a "what if" location.

I-40 (4 t-cups and 4 t-shirts) runs through North Carolina.
It has a very nice rest double rest area (not exactly symmetrical)
near Benson at MM 324. (colored eyeballs on the table..3-2-4)

The "state clue" is not obvious...But if you live in NC and want
to take a lovely drive this weekend, you may be rewarded!

AP
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