# Main Clue

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• 06-30-2010
fox
Why are we all stuck on the last 3 numbers? I feel that only the #12 will be "a little" more difficult to solve but the other 2 are just like the rest. Something tells me a lot of us are trying too dang hard to come up with elaborate solutions to very simple puzzles.
• 06-30-2010
emeraldhunter
Quote:

Originally Posted by fox
Why are we all stuck on the last 3 numbers? I feel that only the #12 will be "a little" more difficult to solve but the other 2 are just like the rest. Something tells me a lot of us are trying too dang hard to come up with elaborate solutions to very simple puzzles.

I hear you, Fox. I can see the 6 being more difficult, as it's the halfway point on a clock. But the 1? Doesn't make sense. Even the solves for the quarter hour numbers, 3 & 9, weren't that complicated.
• 06-30-2010
animal painter
Emerald and Fox,
If the hunt-creators are as smart as I think they are...
they would have foreseen the quick recovery of the
easy-clue locations which lulled us into an in-the-box
type of mentality.

In order to keep the hunt going past one month, they
may have taken a different approach on a few numbers.
(At least I hope that is what has happened:confused:)

The latest Twitter message does seem to imply that
some locations clues will be more obscure.
So if we are looking too closely at small observations,
we may not be far from the solutions.

(I personally think the artist was given several sets
of State/Hyw/MM numbers for each floor and was told
to incorporate them into the one picture...to insure the
presence of red herrings.
AP
• 06-30-2010
MayorSara
One compromise between the earlier, easier solutions and these apparently more obscure solutions would be to keep using the relatively obvious numbers (as was done for the first nine numbers) but to look at highways that are not Interstates. Maybe the numerous 31s on Floors 12 and 9 could lead to a solution using U.S. Route 31.
U.S. Route 31 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• 06-30-2010
MayorSara
Another Utah clue?
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Originally Posted by kurlock
1st time poster. I mean really, 1st time posting on anything ever. Be kind.
Any Utah diggers available? I'm in NY but I think I have a good idea for Utah.

This may be too much of a stretch, but (from Floor 4) "Lifeguard Chair = Arch Failure Dig". When I googled "fallen arch" and got past all the podiatry websites, I learned that the Wall Arch in Utah's Arches National Park collapsed in 2008. The park is not near an Interstate, but maybe this is a clue in favor of the state solution.

Or maybe there is another "arch failure" somewhere in the U.S., closer to an interstate rest area. Or maybe these last three dig sites are on highways, but not interstates....

Utah State Rest Area Map

Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

• 06-30-2010
I'm in Salt Lake City and next week (after the Idaho journey) I'm open to checking out places that y'all think might be a solve.

Personally, I would love it if they hid a number out by our salt flats or Saltair (an old resort that's now a concert venue). But you're right about Wall Arch. The hubs and I were out there for Spring Break.
• 07-01-2010
Domino
I echo Fox's remarks.

Anyone considered re-checking places that have already been "checked"? If folks had given up on the Ohio solve after the first dozen checks, that thing would still be buried. A good solve is a good solve.

Happy Hunting.

Domino
• 07-02-2010
MayorSara
Web Clues
I know that we are supposed to be able to solve all the puzzles using things that are in the book, but I have the feeling that tweets and website posts and other web clues can help to steer us toward things we have overlooked.

Some days ago, I posted this observation on the Wiki for Floor 12, where it appeared that there were people with chemistry background who were fine-tuning the description of the chemical formula on the blackboard:

Quote:

Except for a leftover letter O, All of the letters of the C3H3O5N compound can be found within the phrase, "Things were in the process of changing to other things," found on the Gus Twintig website as a description of the situation on this floor. Subtracting the letters can lead to an anagram that may provide a hint about the puzzle.
From my notes on Floor 12:

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C3H3O5N – 1 “O” too many to fit within this phrase from the official website. See note [no longer] on wiki: “…there is a mistake (or perhaps a clue) in the way the formula is drawn: carbon cannot have five bonds to it, and yet there is a double bond between the leftmost carbon and the oxygen next to it.”

Things were in the process of changing to other things (subtract C3H3O5N)

Things were in the prs f anging t tr tigs (subtract twintig)
Things ere he prs f anging t tr s
Thingserintheprsfanggtrs =
Theft gang hints Err Springs
Hanger Strength Fits Spring
Hint Grasp Fingers Strength =

Firm Handshake = Handshake =
Framed Ankh His
Ankh Farmed His
Ankh Mashed Fir
Ankh Amid Fresh
Ankh Frames Hid
Ankh Mash Fried
Ankh Hams Fried

On June 4, Gus Twintig used the phrase “cushy cocoon of Mallomars” in a response to an inquiry from a Junior Deducer. This relates back to the C3H3O5N clue. Subtracting letters “ccchooooon” leaves “usy f Mallmars”. (Two H’s short of a full equation.) Solution: Falls Summary?
I think I made special note of solutions with the word "ankh" because it is an ancient Egyptian symbol that modern scholars believe may mean "the key of life". I have found subsequent clues indicating that frames may be important. Doc pointed out that the art/star/dart clues usually tell us which state we are seeking, so frames could be part of those clues. He also thought that shades were important.

A chemical analysis of the C3H3O5N formula also seems too complicated when compared with the solutions for other floors, but I can't help wondering whether molecules that have come up in other clues (Pepto Bismol and saltines = bicarbonate) and nitrate (from the toilet + steps + curtain anagrams) could help to decode the PAN molecule into something more clear or useful. The text (see Floor 2) tells us that the saltines clue is the key to Dodge's solution of the whole crime scene.

Just some early morning musings.
• 07-02-2010
erexere
I feel I must add a new state for consideration: Mendelevium --> Md --> Maryland

I've uncovered several details confirmed by clues and historical significance.

The 2-4-3 eyeball clue leads us to a substitution on the periodic table of Molecular weight 243 for element Americanium, No. 95. Interstate 95 runs through MD.

I'm in Maryland for the week, and I've done some further research, but I'm having a tough time getting the strong scent of red herring out of my nostrils...

btw, Old Bay does make your lips feel funny. :)
• 07-02-2010
MayorSara
Quote:

Originally Posted by erexere
I feel I must add a new state for consideration: Mendelevium --> Md --> Maryland

I've uncovered several details confirmed by clues and historical significance.

The 2-4-3 eyeball clue leads us to a substitution on the periodic table of Molecular weight 243 for element Americanium, No. 95. Interstate 95 runs through MD.

I'm in Maryland for the week, and I've done some further research, but I'm having a tough time getting the strong scent of red herring out of my nostrils...

btw, Old Bay does make your lips feel funny. :)

Excellent! I wish you luck.

Long ago, I thought I saw a faint "MD" on the arm of the black and white Bert D'Grnp charicature on the page with the text for the 6th Floor, but I didn't know how to connect it to other clues. (All the black and white televisions on some floors make me wonder whether we should be looking at the black and white pictures as well as the colorful illustrations.) Come to think of it, I had wondered whether "D'Grnp" could be short for "green pea," and some of Mendel's genetics research focused on pea plants, didn't it?

Hmm. If that's a "May calendar" on the door of D'Grnp's talking room, it could be "Maryland Ace".

The big deal in the text about Quello being "doctor" Quello may also be a clue about MD (although his doctorate would be a PhD, not an MD).
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