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## A few leaps of logic, but maybe...

Originally Posted by MayorSara
enhanced interrogation techniques =
hint arrange quote. hint science node.

What goes in is the same as what comes out =
Use math to show state. Image in Showcase.

The answer, or close to it, is written in white on black =
Interstate: Tee-shirts, bowl in a row. Chicken into owl.
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Interstate: Tee-shirts, bowl in a row. Within one clock.
Playing around with some of these possibilities again this a.m.

The answer, or close to it, is written in white on black
Tee-shirts, bowl, chocolate intertwine. A Wink Intros
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Tee-shirts, bowl, chocolate in a row. Intertwines Knit.
Because you really could draw a line through the chocolate cake, t-shirts and the bowl of eyeballs, I decided to try "intertwining" the things along the line to see what might result. One possibility:

Cake, hose, window, blue shirt, scarf, lab coat, eyeballs =
Freeway on Chalkboard. Locus bisects washable tile
There are 25 columns of the green tile surrounding the eyewash in the kitchen. So the 13th column (location of the shower pipe) would "bisect" this set. There are two double-sided rest areas on U.S. Interstates located at mile 13 markers: I-380 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and I-71 in Crestwood, Kentucky.

My initial thinking is that the Iowa solution is supported by other information: you could make an alphanumeric case for I-380 with the "CHON" on the chalkboard: C = 3, 8 = H and the letter O becomes the zero. I would drop the letter N because of the "the answer, or close to it..." language of Quello's cryptic remark - the "white on black" on the chalkboard is not an exact clue, but close to it.

Furthermore, the Cedar Rapids location is also aligned with the other midwestern locations of dig sites. If the residents of Ternky Towers carpooled when they hid their treasures, Cedar Rapids would be a logical location for linear travel if the car was then headed to northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

(credit for map to gdesignr on HitContests, June 7, 2010)

I know there have been other theories about an Iowa solution for this floor. Anyone know someone in Iowa who would be up for a road trip?

Kentucky was the 15th state and Iowa was #29 if anyone wants to try to pin down either solution more securely.

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## Pursuing the trail further

Originally Posted by MayorSara
There are 25 columns of the green tile surrounding the eyewash in the kitchen. So the 13th column (location of the shower pipe) would "bisect" this set. There are two double-sided rest areas on U.S. Interstates located at mile 13 markers: I-380 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and I-71 in Crestwood, Kentucky.

Kentucky was the 15th state and Iowa was #29 if anyone wants to try to pin down either solution more securely.
I've been hoping that there is something of a trail that can be followed in the text clues: if one is solved correctly, it may point to another clue that holds corroborating information or part of the S/H/M solution. So I was playing around a little more with a solution I worked on yesterday:

enhanced interrogation techniques =
hint arrange quote. hint science node.
This could also tell us to "arrange science quote". There is such a quote in the text for Floor 12:

It’s the science of transforming one thing into another

Hanging from thirteen. Toss Incoherent notes a fiction.
The rope is hanging from the 13th floor, so I went to the following quote this morning, and found that it might be a good fit with both the solution that seems to point to mile 13 in Kentucky, and with the "even uneven" solution to matching up the drawers and cabinets with the numbers from the Periodic Table:

Might this possibly help explain how the thief entered the thirteenth floor =

letters hide highway / mile in tile / Tenth helper / theft of sphinx / the orb / photos

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letters hide highway / mile in tile / Tenth shot helper / fifteenth box phosphor / T
Kentucky was the 15th state, as I noted before. The fifteenth element on the Periodic Table is phosphorus. (There is no letter U in the original sentence, so I realize I am compromising by equating phosphor with phosphorus.) I have discussed in older posts that there was something about the letter P that seemed significant to me - on this floor, for instance, the P is cut off from the title of the Periodic Table in a way that I felt deliberately emphasized it. (On the 7th floor, there is a letter P floating on the surface of the dunk tank.)

So, if the anagram solution about the "fifteenth box" is correct, taken together with the P, Quello could be telling us to look in Kentucky, the fifteenth state.
Even more interesting is, using the even/uneven method for assigning elements to drawers and cabinets (see this post if you want to know how I worked that out: Main Clue), the fifteenth box in Quello's big wall cabinet is #71, Lutetium. Interstate 71 is the highway in Kentucky containing the mile 13 rest area. So the letter P and the "fifteenth box" clue could be giving us both the highway and state clues: Kentucky, the fifteenth state, and drawer 15, a match for element 71 representing the highway.

This location is relatively close to Cincinnati and Lexington, and a reasonable weekend trip from Indianapolis, if anyone has friends in the area:I-71, Crestwood, Kentucky - Google Maps

P.S. I believe the "Tenth shot helper" part of the solution could be telling us that a sentence in the text that goes with Floor 10, having to do with a shot (probably part of the ocelot discussion), will provide corroborating evidence for the solution on this floor. This fits with the notion that the "stolen" items link floors and provide evidence for dig locations - Quello's lead bars went to the tenth floor.

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## At the risk of belaboring this....

Just as the Quello quote beginning with, "I can change pigs into pants..." echoes the solution for Floor 10, the following words from Klobberduck might support a Kentucky solution for Floor 12. Feel free to play around with the phrases I started, below. Or maybe someone will see something entirely new that I don't see.

Looks a little chunky for a cabin boy well take a seat =

Looks a little chny for a abibowellaaseat
Kentucky

Looksalitlecnyoraabibolaasea
Kentucky twelfth /

Looksalittlecnoraabboase
Kentucky tile halfway / also look table, cabinet / soar

Looksallchfoaabilaa
Kentucky interstate below Y
Or maybe Klobberduck's words are not intended to be decoded at all.

4. ## another idea

In Gus's cluesday message, he wrote in all capital letters:

BUT I DIGRESS

Which means...look at this!

So anagramming that line, you can get:

Dig its Rebus.

There may be another rebus for our state.

If you look at the bedroom...there is a strange setup
where it looks like what is going into and out of the toilet are related.
"What goes in is the same as what comes out"...
What if the covered cake is in a "cooler"...and...
what if the lemon drink is an "ade"...and...
what if the toilet seat is shaped like an "O".

The answer...or close to it...is written in white on black.
6 x Pi = 18.84...which is close to 19.

There is a rest area mm 19 in Colorado on I-70.

Only challenge is to get I-70 from the other clue.
AP

5. AP: I think DIGITS REBUS may be more to the point than DIG ITS REBUS...

6. ## Digits

FB,
I did try that anagram. too....but without any luck
at finding anything that remotely resembled a
recognizable phrase from any "digits" .

There are a lot of digits (numbers) on the blackboard,
but I could not form a rebus from them.
And there are no digits (fingers) to consider for a rebus.

Were you able to find any type of rebus on this floor?

The hanging chair with the spring held some possibility.
But it is not a digit either.

So I was resigned to use "Dig Its Rebus"

Just another attempt to make sense of this floor.
AP

7. ## rebus

Just another look at the rebus anagram...

St ID GI Rebus

State Identification, Gastro-Intestinal Rebus

I know, I know...It's no "What is bigger than a red herring?" clue.

AP

8. ## Digits Rebus

Okay,
If Gus says we should go back to where we first looked...
The "digits rebus" anagram of "But I Digress", may be given
to bring us back to the 4-teas and 4-tees...which are
rebus of numbers (digits).
AP

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Originally Posted by animal painter
Okay,
If Gus says we should go back to where we first looked...
The "digits rebus" anagram of "But I Digress", may be given
to bring us back to the 4-teas and 4-tees...which are
rebus of numbers (digits).
AP
Maybe it stands for "Gus is tired." I don't know what the leftover B would be for.

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## Narrowing down (?!) the state clues

Using the approach recommended by Gus in his August 27 (and earlier) posts, I looked back on this thread and tried to find proposed state solutions that are accompanied by clear reasoning. Some states may have more than one reason - I don't list them all, and I have left out any state solutions based solely on anagrams or where a mile or highway solution was used to work backward to rationalize a state solution.

These proposals went back only as far as page 26 of this thread, although I threw in a few older notions I remembered off the top of my head. Feel free to add any older solutions that should still be under consideration.

CO - Contained within CHON on the chalkboard and possibly "cooler - ade - O" rebus in bedroom.

NC - Contained within CHON on the chalkboard.

KY - 15th state. Highlighted letter P is 15th letter of alphabet.

PA - 2nd state. Helium in front entryway is atomic number 2.

GA - 4th state. Emphasis on 4 teas and 4 t-shirts.

AR - "If the incorrect is there, the correct is not there."

KS - Similarly, Arkansas - Ar = Kansas.

OR - Sounds like missing element Argon.

SC - 8th state. 8s in illustration (add 4 teas and 4 Ts?) and asterisk (shares no. 8 key on keyboard) on Otter Pop.

NY - 11th state. 11 bricks in fireplace arch among other solutions.

MI - could stand for Missouri (MO), Mississippi (MS), Minnesota (MN) or Michigan (MI).

WY - Equality on the chalboard. Official motto of Wyoming is "The Equality State".

NJ - T-shirts are also called jerseys. Also, shifting up one letter from MI on the chalkboard = NJ

OK - Pan with handle on the forge is shaped like Oklahoma. Molecule diagrammed on chalkboard is called PAN. Shifting up two letters from MI on the chalkboard = OK.

Of course, if we have no one to search likely locations, this is all an academic exercise. For this reason, I am guessing that this number will be buried relatively near to a major population center or centers. With this much ambiguity in an illustration, it just wouldn't make sense to isolate the number far from likely junior deducers.