## My experience with the Solution

I actually had the opportunity to sign a contract with Anthony Castaneda (the future partner of Cpt. Nemo) to share in the prize proceeds should we solve the puzzle. However, we still didn't have enough pieces to get the puzzle solved before the deadline, upon which the contract expired (Cpt. Nemo came along AFTER the deadline, a few months too late, unfortunately).

One of the key discoveries I brought to the partnership was the way the treasure map worked, i.e. the arrowheads had to point to trees in order to provide enough resolution to allow a decent chance to find the horse on first dig. My proof was the twin pictures in the book linked by the full-length mirror....each had Greek-like columns with leaf-like decorations at the tops (trees), with 4 in the first picture (seen in the mirror reflection), and 6 in the second. This corresponded to the 4 'linked' arrows and 6 individual arrows on the treasure map.

Sheldon Renan revealed that the original solution location had to be moved because he had received a speeding ticket in the same state that the item had been buried....supposedly too much of a 'giveaway clue' to be tolerated. (Sure enough, Anthony Castaneda, being a lawyer, WAS able to discover this subtle clue with the right background search).
I found some of the remnants of the original puzzle left behind. An example: take the treasure map and place the first letters of each book chapter along the top edge, one letter in each narrow rectangle. (The letters are: IGNORESTATESHAPESATA) If you then extend the short lines at the beginning of the arrows upwards (using a ruler), they will eventually meet at a single point beyond the edge of the map, but these lines will first intersect the centers of 6 rectangles along the top edge, perfectly picking out the letters IGNOR{ESTA}T{ES}HAPESATA... or the two Spanish words ESTA ES. Translated into english: THIS IS. A great fit for the Rabbit card 6-letter word. Unfortunately not applicable to the 'new solution' that was provided.

I am guessing that Dr. Crypton's (Paul Hoffman's) 'reengineering' of the solution to match the final location was a less-than-elegant, slapdash solution that has everyone so dissatisfied. My first clue that Hoffman was not going to make this an elegant solution (like Masquerade ) became evident after I researched Hoffman's earlier puzzles. I was horrified to see how Hoffman had come up with the most inelegant, twisted, impossible riddles for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry \$10,000 MindGame (a promotional contest he had been contracted to write at an earlier date)...riddles that made almost no sense, even with the answers in hand in which he explained his tortuous logic path that led to the answers. Needless to say, no one could answer all ten riddles (solutions supposedly found at the Chicago museum). EXAMPLE: "It matters little where they're found...Jon enjoys what charming sound?" Answer: Finnegan's IceCream stand at the museum (which plays music), derived from Finnegan's Wake, derived from the author's first historical use of the word Quark, derived from "charm" (a property of quarks), derived from quarks being subatomic particles, derived from "matters little where they're found" referring to the realm of quantum particles....you get the idea!

At that point, I realized that GH was not likely to be solvable by any 'child'....and likely not any adult, either!