1. Sorry to report, I have been at this all day. Does the state you got from the pencil puzzle have 11 letters? Hope the April 1st clue is for the state..

Trainor

2. Originally Posted by stvwz
Any clues on the pencil code? Using a substitution code, I can get the name of a state, but there is no verification that would tell me to use this particular method.

Anyone get anything or anywhere with the pencil?

s
Hi Steve,

If you mean just taking #2 and #4 and substituting it with a state initial, then I understand what I think you are saying. I could only come up with two states if you use this simple substitution.

2=B
4=D

Both of these letters are separated by one letter, C. So using that, we can look at state initials. I tried my own state, WI and knew right away it could be eliminated. 13 letters are in between those two. Unless I missed some I hadn't thought of, I came up with two states - one of which is a reversal of 2nd and 4th place in the alphabet. Perhaps this would be too easy just as OK Corraling is with picking Oklahoma.

Happy troving,
Beth

3. Originally Posted by FoxyKeys
Originally Posted by stvwz
Any clues on the pencil code? Using a substitution code, I can get the name of a state, but there is no verification that would tell me to use this particular method.

Anyone get anything or anywhere with the pencil?

s
Hi Steve,

If you mean just taking #2 and #4 and substituting it with a state initial, then I understand what I think you are saying. I could only come up with two states if you use this simple substitution.

2=B
4=D

Both of these letters are separated by one letter, C. So using that, we can look at state initials. I tried my own state, WI and knew right away it could be eliminated. 13 letters are in between those two. Unless I missed some I hadn't thought of, I came up with two states - one of which is a reversal of 2nd and 4th place in the alphabet. Perhaps this would be too easy just as OK Corraling is with picking Oklahoma.

Happy troving,
Beth
Hi Beth,

At first, I took the 2 as a +2 and the 4 as -4 because the parentheses. This would give a 6 letter seperation such as TN. However, the more I thought about it, the # sign bothered me. Then I thought of Gold Bug, where Poe used numbers and symbols to code a message. # sign isn't used by Goldbug, but if there was a substitution code involved, there would be 5 characters. This could lend itself to a 5 letter state name, but as I said, I have not found anything to corroborate using certain symbols as certain letters. It is an interesting concept to pursue though...

s

4. Has anyone tried using a keyboard as a tool for deciphering? Working on this now.

Trainor

5. Originally Posted by Trainor
Has anyone tried using a keyboard as a tool for deciphering? Working on this now.

Trainor
Looks like references to a piano in this section. What if CCDHHHFDCD were the notes to a song? Of course there is no H in music, but could be Dominos way of telling us to hit a higher A for instance.

s

6. I had always thought of the CHDF stuff as Clubs hearts diamonds fools... no spades because we need that for digging... lol...

wow... I love the way you guys think...

7. I can identify with that. Isn't there a tarot card named the fool? I've been feeling foolish lately.

8. Originally Posted by ProfessorTarr
I had always thought of the CHDF stuff as Clubs hearts diamonds fools... no spades because we need that for digging... lol...

wow... I love the way you guys think...
If these are for cards, it could be a reference to Texas Hold'em, giving us a confirmer for Texas as the state. But I want to see an actual solve that spells out the state in clear precise terms, not an allusion or reference. Which puzzle gives us that?????
aaarrggghhh

9. ## Moon Phases ?

I have an idea. Could the letters CCDHHHFDCD be for phases of the moon?
C = crescent
D = dark
H = half
F = full

10. Good lord, it's begining to sound like DAR.