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    I've come up with a lot of interesting garbage over the years, but I'm uncertain if any of it is solid. It's time to rethink everything. Let's start with Cleveland and Chicago:

    I've been wondering why specific visual details are used in each image. In most cases it looks like visual clues are just for directional purposes, but sometimes I wonder if there's more to it.

    We know the Terminal Tower is found in the image and it's considered an major structure, iconic to Cleveland, and far from where the casque is recovered. The word 'terminal' is very similar to 'terminus', and I found an intriguing definition that fit the Grecean context,

    n. A bust or figure of the upper part of the human body, terminating in a plain block of rectangular form; a half-statue or bust, not placed upon but incorporated with, and as it were immediately springing out of, the square pillar which serves as its pedestal.
    Doesn't this seem like a good fit given there was a decision to place a Centaur up on top of the pedestal?

    I've also been thinking the Historic Water Tower in Chicago had a similar relevance. It's essentially a vertical or stand pipe for allowing firefighters access to water and for controlling water surge. Almost like a giant fire hydrant? I once theorized that the reason for the Chicago verse using the word "Hush" in the final line was like the idiom "Pipe down!"

    This leads me to wonder how other puzzles' iconic image clues might inspire a correct line of focus.
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    I must've struck gold, because several puzzles are making sense along these new lines of thinking.

    There are more terminus examples in the Houston image. A camel and a rhino on top of columns. Are these random animals to indicate a Zoo connection, or is there something more directly being communicated? I think several things are at work.
    1) a camel has a hump, relating to the need to find a mound or hill feature
    2) a rhino has a horn, or better put it means nose-horned, relating to the middle of somethings face or front
    3) they can be seen as trophies, this is an implied word clue,

    Theres a bit of theory to muscle through to get to the Hemann Park and focus on the area of the Miller Outdoor Theater. Once you begin seeing strong connections like the nearby 982 train, you start blending different scenarious together in how to piece the geography together. Hermann Park is chock-full of possibilities. Its going to take some time to work out. And it has. Over 34 years. One item of interest is the Atropos Key sculpture.

    Atropos is an interesting word. I entertained the idea ithat the word trophy gets us to atrophy. "A trophy" = atrophy = atropos. Maybe its the other way around, because the reason for thinking about becomes important when I put together a method for measuring a distance based on how far a baseball has to fly to become a trophy. 250 feet.
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    Spent the weekend working on Image 9. Surprising how much it resembles Hans Christian Anderson from Denmark. I think I'm getting pretty close to a solve for Verse 10.

    Hans writes "The Little Mermaid" fairy tale in 1837.

    The Little Mermaid statue was installed along the shore of Copenhagen in 1913.

    The Girl in Wetsuit statue, closely resembling the Copenhagen mermaid, is installed along the shoreline of Stanley Park, Vancouver B.C. in 1972. Douglas Brown is responsible for her installation.

    A life size bronze statue of a woman in a wetsuit, with flippers on her feet and her mask pushed up on her forehead, sits on a large intertidal boulder just offshore of Stanley Park. In September of 1968, Douglas Brown, a Vancouver lawyer, talked to sculptor Elek Imredy about his desire to commission a sculpture inspired by the famous Copenhagen mermaid, which could be sited on the great granite boulder just off the northern shore of Stanley Park. [City of Vancouver]
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    Hans Christian Anderson again,

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    Notice how the Hans character is making the church and steeple with his hands.

    The first sentence in the Little Mermaid (1836) talks about church steeples.

    FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above.
    I continued to read, learning about the "draught" that the sea-witch offers the mermaid in trade for her tongue. The draught's power will transform the mermaid's fish-tail into a pair of human legs.

    I'm still developing my theory on how the verse takes us to the giant checkerboards in Stanley Park. The mention of draughts in the Litter Mermaid was a real surprise, because draughts is also the British name for checkers.
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    Double Life Theory: P9 V10

    Stanley Park Map Ideas

    This deserves some serious consideration. I call it the Double Life Theory for it's relevance to the poet Pauline Johnson, aka Tekahionwake (translates to mean "double-life"). Her mother was English and her father was Dutch-Mohawk. She was born in Brantford, Ontario and her grave is the only established grave site in Stanley Park, Vancouver B.C. There are many great books and about 100 poems by her. A mix of considerations bring some connection to this idea of "double-life".

    1) Hans Christian Anderson's tale of the Little Mermaid is about the youngest daughter of the Sea-King who seeks to live a double life. A powerful "draught" tranforms her tail into a pair of legs so she can be as a human on land and meet a young prince. The first sentence of the story talks about measuring the depth of the ocean by stacking church steeples. P9 shows a man making steeples with his hands and IMHO is a caricature of Hans Christian Anderson.

    2) The first line of V10 is also the same title as a poem by Pauline Johnson. She writes often about shadows in Legends of Vancouver and talks about Native gods/chiefs that were transformed into large distinctive rocks formations. There is Homolsom rock at Point Grey and Siwash Rock at Ferguson Point. Siwash looks very similar to the outline of the collar in P9 which also has features similar to the map of Montreal.

    3) "Double" jumps are used in the game of checkers. V10 tells us to go twice as many steps as the hour to see simple roots. There is a landmark named "9 o'clock". See map. It looks like a doubling of the distance from the 9 o'clock Gun to a spot just outside of Brockton's Cricket Oval will take you to the Giant Checkerboards. Checkerboards are made of squares. "Square-roots" are the lowest order or simplest root in math.

    When you look at the map link I've provided, there are some shockingly intense riddles.

    "Or gaze north to the isle of B." Based on the legeater lamp, having three legs, I was tempted to consider the three legged symbol for Isle of Man. The captial of Isle of Man is Douglas, thus the last line gives us the name of Douglas B. and with a lot of luck, someone can learn from some archive that Douglas Brown commisioned the "Girl in Wetsuit" to mimic the Mermaid of Copenhagen. I find it absolutely compelling that the Isle of Man is considered to be named for Manannan Mac Lir, the King/Son of the Sea. This looks like as good as it gets to work with the Little Mermaid motif.

    "You'll often hear a whirring sound" I think this fits just fine with a word definition where whirring means a repetitive, low, continuous sound when you consider the Brockton Oval is a large cricket playing field. I think the jewel position adjacent to the oval shaped caricature of Hans Christian Anderson.

    I'm still very puzzled by how to interpret things in a linear fashion. I'm unsure if we're being told to dig near the checkerboards or near a spot where you look north at the Girl in Wetsuit sculpture. I don't know what the "middle of one of the branches of the v" points us towards. I'm still overwhelmed by more questions than answers. I don't see myself traveling to Vancouver anytime soon. I'd like to see some feet on the ground if anyone knows anyone local.
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    Hi E,

    Image 9

    Maybe Las Vegas?

    55 squares on cuffs= LV in Roman numerals

    approx. 55 squares on neckline= LV

    Checkered cap= checkered cab(b=upside down p)= New York, New York(Hotel)

    Legeater + bent finger in V shape = LV

    crossed fingers = good luck( for gambling)

    X = kabbalistic sign for Vega

    gem = moonstone( candelabra(lamp stand)+ calendula(flower)= calends = new moon)

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    Great thoughts. We all evaluate pictures and text differently. LV is an interesting way to look at it. A Roman Numeral motif is always something to keep in mind. The city that never sleeps, consistently lit with lights, and gambling might all be drawn upon as motifs for a puzzle, but I don't see the fit in terms of the fairy/culture aspect of the Secret. The Opal picture is expected to be significantly linked to the Netherlands or Lowland gnomes.

    The driving force to my current line of thinking is in connecting the gnomes first landing in the NE Canadian provinces sometime before the first arrivals of the Vikings. Once the English Isles and the French started settling in the early 16th centuries, I'm assuming the Fair Folk migrated farther inland and mingled with the Natives of the First Nations. The story of this migration comes from oral tradition, at least 200 years prior to 1982, from the great grandfather of a Nootka Indian. This is largely why I'm very interested in the connections that can be made in Vancouver, B.C. as well as those I'm making to Hans Christian Anderson.

    I think it's important to keep in mind that the Fair Folk decided to give man a chance to find their jewels by creating puzzles leading to their locations. These puzzles would expect to have some solid foundations based on the history of each location they eventually found best suited for them and perhaps include some tangible connection to the founding history of the first white men to settle in, e.g. the Golden Gate Bridge or the Chicago Water Tower or a historic steam engine or a Memorial to the Achievement of the Wright Brothers, etc.
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    Some cool historic follow up: the native term Mohawk comes from the Dutch. The Dutch West Indies Company built Fort Orange in Albany, NY. The name then was New Netherlands. One of the most memorable of the Mohawk people was Joseph Brant. A major event at his memorial was the speech given by Pauline Johnson.
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    New York = New Amsterdam

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