# Thread: Chapter 2 Silver Eagle

1. ## Chapter 2 Silver Eagle

For a change of scenery I have started on Chapter 2's silver eagle. There appear to be all sorts of secrets and a particularly strange twist in this one.

Has anyone else done anything on C2 yet?

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Lobster,

I know you don't really like the idea of the three keys, but they're a universal first step for each chapter. The story of the chapter flat-out tells us that each of the three ex-wives received a 'key', and 'American River' was underlined in the questions.

That's all you need to get started.

1. First X = First ex-wife. Celestial-Love. It's a mini-puzzle, and it means VENUS.
2. The 'third' key = third ex-wife. Carolina. There has to be an equivalence between the first key and the third key. Google is our friend.

Venus and Carolina are related because the VENUS FLYTRAP only grows in the wild in the Carolinas.

3. The first part of the second key, the part that completes the metapuzzle and has to be equivalent to the third key, is AMERICAN RIVER. Again, Google is our friend.

The American River is divided into three forks: a north fork, a middle fork, and a south fork.

You can see the equivalence between this key and our third key: north/south and Carolina. The mini-puzzle that completes your sequence is MIDDLE FORK. It's a reference to a dinner table place setting. The 'middle fork' is always the DINNER fork.

Put it all together:

VENUS DINNER CAROLINA

Or, 'Venus flytrap dinner'.

FLY

Congratulations, you have the first three-letter word. You have to solve it a second time to get another three-letter word that's a number.

The clue is in the answer itself: F L Y. 6 12 THIRD. The answer to 'third' that completes the sequence is 6 12 18. Just convert those into alpha-numeric letters: F L A H.

It's HALF.

Do it a second time F L Y = 6 12 25. 6 1 22 5. F I V E.

FLY = FIVE HALF

The three letter number you need is TEN.

The final three-letter sequence, the one correpsonding to X2, is associated with ex-2, namely the name of the second ex-wife, DESIREE.

The clue is in its anagram.

Good luck!

I wish I could convince you this was the way to go with all of this.....

Doc

3. Doc - could you keep your 1/2 page theories to a single thread vs. in each and every thread on this forum?

4. Doc --

Your solution(s) are all based entirely on the premise that the extra spacing in the "first=last" clue is important.

The hunt's FAQ clearly states that "extra spacing" in clues is NOT intentional and thus not part of the hunt. Your entire solution breaks down at step #1 and is therefore incorrect. To assume that spacing is important when we're told that it's not just makes no sense.

I encourage you to try some new approaches, and would love to hear what you come up with. You seem to be a really smart guy, but appear to be ignoring information that implies that you're on the wrong track.

Perhaps the "3 keys" thing in the more general sense has some merit (at least as a solution for something, somewhere), but your current solution is against the basic "knowns" of the hunt.

That's no big deal. My wife and I have had many "great" looking solutions that looked perfect but ended up not being what Ron had "in the mind". Going back to the drawing board is all part of the game.

Good luck,

Lobster

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Doc,

You're still a genius "in my mind".

Lauren

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I am almost positive the instructions for each chapter will be different. The instructions for chapter one will not help with chapter two. Everyone will have to shift gears for chapter two. However, I'll bet the basic ideas of finding the keys, and instructions will hold true.

7. I agree gizmo, and I hope you're right. First, that makes for a better and more challenging contest. Second, if all the chapters use the same method, they'll probably all be solved within days of each other. Third, if all chapters are solved the same way, it would mean that one person could potentially share in the winning of many eagles. Even though each questor can only win one silver eagle, it would be fairly easy for someone who knows the method to collaborate with other questors, buy books for 11 "friends", etc. I think the author is aware of this and has planned a more complex hunt.

8. Agree. It appears to me that every chapter has completely different solutions, sharing almost nothing in common. I suspect that they get progressively more difficult too, so I think many of us will look back on Chapter 1's solution and say "wow, that was easy. Can't believe I didn't get that".

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