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    Not sure where the best place is to post this, but figured this was good. Forum searches left me pretty much empty handed, save the occasional mention by some hunter about having worked on TISOTGH.

    The following is a solution for the rabbit card puzzle in the video version of the puzzle Treasure, in Search of the Golden Horse (TISOTGH). And I have to say, I'm not very happy at all about it. In fact, it makes my stomach turn. At any rate, I will post the details below, starting with a refresher on the Nemo book card solution.

    Nemo solution was as follows:

    1,13,7,14,6,8,16,2,15,9,5,3,12,10,4,11 - card letter shuffle FYI

    FESTOON J IZZARD IF - 4 strange things

    festoon****ardif - top row letters
    frndojfeiiosaztz - letter reorder bottom row
    pampampampampamp - additional key applied (*)
    tryroutetwodozen

    TRY ROUTE TWO DOZEN


    The video rabbit card works in very much the same manner:

    10,13,12,5,14,2,9,11,3,6,15,4,1,8,7 - card letter shuffle FYI

    AI CUFF GUIDE JOEY - 4 strange things

    aicuffguidejoey - top 2 row letters
    dojfeiiecfyuaug - letter reorder bottom 2 rows
    pampampampampam - additional key applied (*)
    routetwentyfour

    ROUTE TWENTY FOUR

    Rationale:
    JOEY - That baby kangaroo stuffed animal (kinda looks like a fox...)
    GUIDE - The man with black gloves/black bird/whatever you want to call it...
    CUFF - That magical vanishing/reappearing color-changing bracelet...
    AI - The 3 toed sloth stuffed animal, that magically grows its' claws

    FWIW, the odds of accidentally getting 4 legal dictionary words that align precisely with the 4 prescribed word boundaries should be slim to none for this sort of keyed shuffle cypher, so this must be the intended Dr. K rewrite. The disappointment I feel after arriving at this video rabbit card solution isn't the sort of pleasure/excitement I would have expected back 20 years ago...


    (*) - "the map is the key (in more ways than one)"
    "the way to move forward is (sometimes) to go back"
    The applied key was actually 'lao', not 'map', illustrating a gross (intentional?!) encoding error in the original puzzle (the M and P were decremented an additional 1).

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    holy crud... that brings back memories... I was a junior in high school when I got the book and video for this... I spent many an hour working on this puzzle... wish something as good as this comes around again.
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    this got me searching... I found a page where one of the 2 guys that found the site after posted their solution....
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mparry/..._in_search.htm
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    Hey - that's pretty amazing. I just did a website with a different kind of solution but the rabbit card thingy is pretty convincing. BTW I plugged in your cipher text and got the correct result using MAP as the key not lao. here's an easy tool to use
    Vigenère Square Tool
    I actually spoke to Nick Boone aka Capt Nemo and he sounded sincere. A few details still nag at me however. You'd like to know that he mentioned the same solution for the video rabbit card (not the same four words - he never gave me those) but he did mention ROUTE TWENTY FOUR. Curious.

    But since they haven't published their entire process, it's hard for me not to be skeptical.

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    BTW there is a route 24 in Tennessee. It is a hidden road, meaning that no sign for it appears on the road (it runs concurrent with US 70). It is within a couple of miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway, my solution but I know it means nothing. It is curious however

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyC View Post
    I actually spoke to Nick Boone aka Capt Nemo and he sounded sincere. A few details still nag at me however. You'd like to know that he mentioned the same solution for the video rabbit card (not the same four words - he never gave me those) but he did mention ROUTE TWENTY FOUR. Curious.

    But since they haven't published their entire process, it's hard for me not to be skeptical.
    When did you talk to them about this? Recently, I'm assuming. Oh boy, what is it with the KRYPTOS-esque manner in which published results are later claimed by govt. spooks (ala Jim Gillogly or RSA/GCHQ public key)?

    FWIW, they (Nemo) DID publish their entire process back in the March, 1990 TREASURE magazine, vol 21 #3. It was almost completely book oriented, only including casual linkage of movie clues where it suited their agenda. There was NO analysis whatsoever of the video puzzle/rabbit card, and the impression that article gave was that they didn't bother with the movie puzzle, other than to confirm/fill in the blanks in their book version (150').
    Ai Cuff Guide Joey

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    Hello everyone. I'm the author of the solution and would love to read your comments and answer any questions you might have (I'm sure there will be many). I feel like a twenty five year old ghost has been laid to rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by possum652 View Post
    this got me searching... I found a page where one of the 2 guys that found the site after posted their solution....
    Treasure
    Those two guys are encoded as the winners pre select on the back of the cover of that book(in first three paragraphed lines(1,2,3). MANY of us feel that was not what the true treasure hidden was all about. If you recall, the cover says that the book is a treasure map to more than one treasure. The Rabbit has many other secret meanings and I for one have a buddy who is deep into this one and just retreived an artifact from the hunt....all these years later....but not in Colorado. The silver horse is still out there, and I have seen proof that there is one.
    Ixchtel rabbit....thats deep...as is the seahorse clue that links the two and points to a lcation whos code source blows those two clowns out of the water. This treasure hunt is not over. Alice and the rabbit hole went unfound by many and discovered by a few. Its funny how many still chase this ghost. From time to time I am asked to research angles for my buddy.
    Vortex symbol is a new discovery in that one...it just opens doors to other secrets.=)
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