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    The FreeTreasureHunts.com site and it's founder Jeff Scott have mysteriously disappeared leaving several unsolved hunts.

    The longest running one was Cryptices and was due to end on November 11th 2011.
    The prize was an engraved silver token physically hidden somewhere in the USA.

    Not living in the USA I was ineligible to win. But in case someone can solve the final part and is near enough to search, here's what I managed to solve.

    There were 25 coded messages surrounding grids. The decodes are:

    SAFETYFIRSTUMUSTABIDEASUSEARCHBOTHFARNWIDEIFUENDUP BROKEORLAMEULLONLYHAVEURSELF2BLAME
    NONEED2BREAKTHELAWULLDISAPPOINTURMAANDPAIFUDOULLSU RELYFAILNJUSTMIGHTFINDURSELFINJAIL
    DONOTTRESPASSORDSTROYPILFERLITTERORANNOYIVEHIDTHET OKENABOVEGROUNDJUSTWAITING2BEFOUND
    NOINTENTIONALHERRINGSRED2LEADU2ANENDINGDEADPLEAZCH ASENOTAWILDGOOSE41HASYET2BLETLOOSE
    DONOTFULLYTRUSTUREYESDTOKENWILLBINDISGUYSFIGUROUTI TSHIDINPLACETHENFINDAWAY2CRAKDCASE
    THEGOLDTOKENISVERYFINEBUTITSNOTIN50OR49ANDDONOTTAK EAHUNTINGROMPTOTHEDISTRICTONASWAMP
    DONOTSEARCHWITHZESTSTATESWITHNORTHSOUTHORWESTULLBS ADNXTRAWEARYIFUHUNTINTHELANDOFMARY
    WHEREOHWHERECOULDTHEGOLDTOKENBENOTINMAINEORTENNESS EEALSONOTINIDAHOGEORGIAORNEWMEXICO
    SOMEMAYFEELTHEYRLUCKYBUTUWONTBEINKENTUCKYANDNOGOLD TOKENWILLUSEEINKANSASORINNEWJERSEY
    DONTBEINAGREATBIGHURRYTOSEARCHFORGOLDINMISSOURIAND JUSTSAYNO2INDIANAANDALSO2LOUISIAND
    IFUGOHUNTINGPLZBWAREOFARKANSASNDELEWARETHERESSUREL YNOGOLDTOKENINMINNESOTAORWISCONSIN
    UWILLNOTFINDTHETOKENGOLDHIDDENONTHEISLEOFRHODAVOID VERMONTANDIOWATEXASANDPENNSYLVANIA
    UWILLNOTFINDTHEHIDDENBLINGINOREGONORWYOMINGAND1MOR EPLACEUSHOULDNOTGOISANYWHEREINOHIO
    HUNTERSWILLNOTFINDANYJOYINMIORILANDYOUMIGHTWANT2TA KEAPASSONSEARCHINGINTHESTATEOFMASS
    THEGOLDTOKENSNOWHERNEARMONTANAONEWHAMPSHIREILLGIVE UANOTHERHINTDONOTSEARCHINMISSISSIP
    YOULLSURELYNOTHAVEANYFUNSEARCHINGAROUNDINWASHINGTO NDONOTGETSTUCKINAJAMABYHUNTINGINAL
    UWILLFINDYOURSELFINARUTWHENLOOKINGINCONNECTICUTAND IFUWANTTOWINIATHENDONTGOTOVIRGINIA
    LOSTNSADUWILLROAMATHRUTHESTATEOFOKLAHOMAWHERESTHET OKENUMAYASKAITWONTBFOUNDINNEBRASKA
    ULLFEELLIKEAGIANTDORKSNOOPINAROUNDINNYPLZDONTGONSE ALURFATEBYLOOKININTHESUNSHINESTATE
    YOURDEDUCTIONSHAVEAFLAWIFYOURELEDTOSEARCHUTAHYOULL LIKELYPISSANDMOANALOOKINGINARIZONA
    NOWIMUSTTRYANDWARNIAJUSTIGNORECALIFORNIAONEMOREPLA CEYOUSHOULDNOTGOTHESTATEOFCOLORADO
    UWILLNOTBOFFTHEMARKSEARCHININORNEARAPARKUPTHEWRONG TREEUWILLBARKIFURSEARCHININTHEDARK
    2FINDWHERETHETOKENSHIDSTARTOUTATAPYRAMIDWESTSOUTHW ESTNOWUMUSTFLYWHATSNEXTISEASYASPIE
    JUSTEASTOFTHEFIREHOUSEANDWESTOFAPARTYPLACEUNDERTHE RAILOFABRIDGEYOUWILLSEEAHIDDENCASE
    ULLCRACKTHECASEWITHAKEYANDHEREITIS413UVESURVIVEDTH ELOWSNHIGHSNOWITSTIME2CLAIMURPRIZE

    The first 21 clues lead to Nevada. The last 4 indicate going WSW from a pyramid to reach a park near a 'firehouse' and a 'party place' then looking under a bridge.

    I identified 3 possible pyramids - Pyramid Lake, Pyramid Peak and the pyramid in Las Vegas, I thought the last 2 most likely but couldn't identify the final location.
    My suspicion was that it was in Henderson as this was where the beneficiary charity was located.

    There were additional clues hidden by (the very few) adverts. They all decoded to 0 or 1, but there didn't seem to be enough to decode further. Maybe 'Binary' is significant somehow.

    There was one final confirmer clue KLIPERZOODJC
    Shifting each of these letters by the matching digit of the final coordinates (dms) and then anagramming the result would give a confirmer message.

    Good Luck to anyone near enough to look.

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    Henderson Nevada is where the Jeff Scott lives...

    Its always seemed suspious that the answers were around
    his actual address.

    I am less concerned about the meager prizes than him giving what he has collect to the designated
    charities.

    Another whoaful shame. It didn't take off as he had expected, but I suspect
    this endgame was always his option.

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    It makes sense to hide it near where he lives.
    He could easily go check on it and make sure it's safe and still there.
    You wouldn't want to hide it on the other sdie of the country.

    Too bad the site is down...

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    I sent an email to the associated forum hoster because their message suggested it had been removed because of abuse. The reply was that it was most likely that Jeff had removed it himself.

    Jeff also advertised the site on Facebook. There was a comment there a while back from a Lori Scott about being a Treasure Hunt widow, but as I need a mobile phone to register for Facebook (!!!!) I'm unable to post a status enquiry there.

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    I am in NY so am unable to check to see if the prize is where I think it is. There is a railroad bridge over W Tropicana Ave in Las Vegas near the 4200 block. I pick this spot because it is between Cook County Fire Training Center to the west and Rent The Party Bus to the East. Don't know if the prize is there, but if a local person can check it out, you never know...............

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    Definitely a possoibility, but I'm not convinced it fits in with "searching in or near a park" or the WSW from a pyramid (Luxor Hotel?) direction.

    Had a look on Google Street View and I think you'd have to be pretty tall (and inconspicuous) to reach the bridge.


    Managed to register on Facebook and had a look for the FreeTreasureHunt postings, but it seems they've been removed. If Jeff does live locally, then it's likely he'll have removed the box (if he ever put one there as he may have decided it was safer to wait until someone had actually solved the puzzle)

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    J Scott checked into TWELEVE around 9:00PM last night. No PM replies, no posts, no recognition -
    but he is still around apparently.

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    The bridge I referrred to is WSW of the Luxor. It is a railroad bridge, hence the 'rail' clue. there are several businesses with PARK in the name all around the area. Maybe a localite should check it out.

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