1. Expert Twelever TwelevePlus
Sapphire
Join Date
Jan 2005
Posts
1,514

## The Blackboard

There are four components on the blackboard that appear to be a clue series for the entire game; not the specific floor.

2. The path through the floors
3. The urn
4. The tree/knothole connected to a hole

I think the ladder is a reference to the ladder on the 12th floor for a couple of reasons. If you look at the series of small drawers, you'll notice there are 18 columns. This corresponds to the 18 columns of the periodic table.

The single open drawer would correspond to GOLD.

Flash forward to the blackboard's ladder. First there's the word LADDER itself. L ADD E which is 12+5 = 17. That's the letter 'Q', which is the homophone for 'queue' which means 'line'.

If you can accept that, then L ADD E and R would mean LINE 18. I think it's a reference back to the 18 'lines' of the periodic table that the ladder originated.

It's bringing 'GOLD' to the blackboard.

The next clue is the 'path through the floors'.

What's something else everyone knows as a GOLD PATH?

How about a YELLOW BRICK ROAD? Which just so happens to lead to an EMERALD CITY. In the parlance of our game, I think it leads to a city that's hiding an emerald.

The gold path through the floors leads to an emerald city.

The 'urn' is a word puzzle with a homophone and anagram:

URN = EARN = NEAR

The resting place of the emerald is 'near' something.

The tree connected to the hole.

I realized today what that means. The final resting place is probably close to a tree, but we really need is that TREE is in the middle of STREET. The actual tree isn't in a street, but we're going to be led to a specific street sign that acts as the origin for the final part of the puzzle.

What's been bugging me for the longest time was the KNOTHOLE connected to HOLE business. NOT WHOLE and WHOLE. I've not understood the whole business with opposites until now. That's a different post.

What I think the blackboard is implying:

A path through the floors will lead one to the correct state, highway, and mile--to a location inside a city that contains an emerald. A code of opposites will lead you to the STREET SIGN from which you will move to a tree under which we will find an emerald.

Doc

2. Twelever Silver
Join Date
Apr 2010
Posts
388

## A Different Take

I'm not certain about the tree part of the blackboard, but I have different sense of the portion of the blackboard that shows the building.

My reading of the building diagram here is that we Junior Deducers are supposed to take our findings from the lower floors (represented by the vague "room" outlined in dashed lines) and run them through the 13th floor. (Sort of like a built-in alchemy machine?) There is a set of instructions or decoders in the 13th floor that will confirm or help to put in order the evidence we gather from the lower floors. The arrow leading out of the 13th floor diagram represents our next path out into the real world where we will have to apply our interpretation to a dig site.

The big arrow with the URN shown on the board may actually be a big arrow with a JAR. Or it could be deliberately vague as to jar/urn nomenclature. There are many jars throughout the building, and many cabinet and refrigerator doors left AJAR. On the other hand, the urn on floor 13 is prominently displayed, and the word "urn" has come up in some of my anagram exploration. (I know, a three-letter word is bound to come up sometime after running multiple anagrams, but I'm taking the Sybill Trelawney hit-or-miss approach at this point - hoping that some of my divinations may mean something!)

Not sure yet about the tree, except that drawing lines between things is one of my new approaches to the hunt, and the diagram shows a line drawn between the hole in the tree and a treasure (or is that a clue?).

Another possibility: The anagram website tells me that Ternky Tower anagrams with the word "tree" include
Tree Knot Wry
Tree Wonk Try
Tree Know Try
Maybe we need to look at "trees" in the building (loosely interpreted, this could include hat trees as well as more literal trees such as the one on the kitchen sill on Floor 11) and see if there is a "knot/not" clue nearby. Or "no tree" (= try "know" tree) may be as significant as those floors that do include some kind of visible tree.

It's also possible that the "knot" clue relates to the rope that features so prominently on Floor 12, but seems to disappear after that. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are rope clues hidden throughout the building, but they use written synonyms for the literal word rope. "Hawser" and "sheet", among others, are nautical names for ropes. (Hmm. Could relate to all those sheets on Floor 11?). The word "hemp" has also come up in anagrams.

I'm not yet ready to publish my theory about the ladder up in the corner of the chalk board, but I don't think it represents a specific ladder in the building. I think the numerous ladders mean something, but I'm not sure what.

3. Expert Twelever TwelevePlus
Sapphire
Join Date
Jan 2005
Posts
1,514
I was wrong about the blackboard. Sorry for the confusion.

4. Twelever Silver
Join Date
Apr 2010
Posts
388
Originally Posted by Doc
I was wrong about the blackboard. Sorry for the confusion.
Not necessarily! As you found with the "Glyph" street sign, it seems as if a lot of the clues and prompts for clues have layers of meaning. Your theory and my theory could both be correct for different "trails" leading to different treasures. And there could be several more correct interpretations out there, waiting to be deciphered....

5. No one mentioned the Anchor.

6. ## 1st floor connected to 13th and 2nd?

The "room-drawing" on the blackboard on the first floor
is a sketch of the thirteenth floor.

In the drawing, it looks like something has been put into an urn.

I think maybe the sandbox-looking area in the drawing
on the blackboard is the "aquarium" room on the second floor.
(The second floor is the only one with a rectangular room in its center....
plus it has a ladder with a broken rung...and there is a ladder drawn on the blackboard.)
An arrow leads from this floor up to the thirteenth floor.

Why is there an arrow going "up" from the Fudo-Myo-o statue
when there is no window or means of exit there?

7. The up arrow on the statue wall could be the final path for the water pipes as they reach the roof of the building. A painting has been removed from the wall in that area to make it easier to listen through the wall for the sound of fish swimming?

As unnecessary as this step in the heist seems, it seems plausible anyways. The roof clock obscures much of what is on the other two sides of the rooftop, but we do see a water hose, and a lawn, so we know there is a source for water.

#### Posting Permissions

• You may not post new threads
• You may not post replies
• You may not post attachments
• You may not edit your posts