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    Hello shecrab,

    Sorry I was a little cryptic about the fruit. I just wanted to give out enough info so that Mr. Miller would know that I knew where the key was located.

    I will say that the key is not at the Mellon arena.

    I thought that it would be fun to get everyone on this website working on this together, but that is up to the administrators.

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    One can only hope that the final reward for this find/solve would be "three hundred and fifty G's"... THAT would create a mad mad mad mad world for me at least..

    The only thing your sure of is that nothing is sure.

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    Hello Domino,

    Thanks for checking in. Sorry, but I don't think any money will be found, just a key. Apparently there is a picture of the key hidden in the book.

    Anyone having any luck with the word block? Mr. Miller had an interview and said that solving this book would be like finishing a crossword puzzle... Plus, a duck miller would make decoys. He would mill or whittle wood away from a block.

    Good luck-

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    Apparently there is a picture of the key hidden in the book.
    Have you found this?

    I like the word-association with Duck, decoy, block, carving---etc. That's good. I have packed my book (I'm in the middle of moving) and can't find the box it's in--I'm going to look tonight again, and see if I can find it, so I can join in here.
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    Hi shecrab,

    This will probably seem silly, but I still don't have a book. I am just going by what is posted here and at Q4T. At Q4T someone had posted a picture of a old-fashioned key that was found hidden in the map.

    Good luck moving-

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    Default Hi everyone,

    Last night I realized that 2/2 is fast approaching. I wonder if Mr. Miller will check in.

    To review, my plan of attack to solve TWP is to:

    1. Place the clues from the book into a block of words.

    2. Whittle away the unnecessary letters and "Bare the Cross".

    The question is, where to start and what order do we put the words in? My thought is to keep it simple and then use trial and error and expand as necessary.

    The simplest thing to do might be to identify the themes for each short story. For example the theme to winterland might be the Grateful Dead concert.

    Any other thoughts or questions?

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    Default The Whistle Pig - solved? One idea...

    "Bare the Cross, Leave the Center, Find the Fruit."

    These words appear as an anacrostic in the final chapter, "The Bow."

    Duck Miller = Dan Millender (real name.)

    Googling Dan Millender, I was rather startled to find that the first entry was for a FRUIT FARM in Maryland called First Fruits Farm, Inc. Dan Millender is the Vice President of this charitable organization that grows fruit/produce for the poor and homeless. Not only that, BUT...this is a Christian-based organization.

    Could the "cross" in question be the Christian Cross? Could this be the Fruit it is referring to?

    This farm is in Freeland, MD.

    I tried sticking the chapter names into a block, crossword, etc. No luck with anything significant. However, you can spell FREELAND MD by taking one letter from each of the chapters.
    FORTY-EIGHT STATES = F
    CORK = R
    THE BOW = E
    WINTERLAND = E
    SANDCASTLE = L
    BLACK HEART CHERRY = A
    EGG HUNT = N
    TWO DOGS = D
    FULL MOON = M
    GRANDFATHER'S OFFICE = D

    Duck Miller has stated in interviews that there is no 'treasure' except what you find within yourself; that the 'journey of self-discovery' is as important as the key itself--and that the key's intrinsic value is valueless, but it's meaning is far more important.

    I'd say that growing food for the poor pretty much fits that description. I'm wondering if this is the solution.

    There are plenty of literary and historical references in these stories. But if you think about it, there are plenty of little short stories in the Bible, as well.
    What's important about both books is that the stories aren't the point--the central message is. And that's pretty much what Miller says about this book.

    Miller also said you could find the key by looking into the stories, but that you could also plan a family vacation to look for it. You could certainly do that with this farm.


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    I don't have this book, but that sounds pretty cool, CK! Do any of the chapters give some sort of number that could have been used to pull those letters out of the titles?

    F = 1
    R = 3
    E = 3
    E = 5
    L = 9
    A = 3 or 8
    N = 6
    D = 4
    M = 5
    D = 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by suelough View Post
    I don't have this book, but that sounds pretty cool, CK! Do any of the chapters give some sort of number that could have been used to pull those letters out of the titles?

    F = 1
    R = 3
    E = 3
    E = 5
    L = 9
    A = 3 or 8
    N = 6
    D = 4
    M = 5
    D = 4
    Not to my knowledge, but I haven't had time to actually research or analyze this yet--I only just found out about First Fruit Farms. I'm going to do some further looking at this tonight if I get some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suelough View Post
    I don't have this book, but that sounds pretty cool, CK! Do any of the chapters give some sort of number that could have been used to pull those letters out of the titles?
    Yes, actually. In Grandfather's Office there is a mention of Pythagorean numerology, and the significant number 11 (or 22) keeps popping up with some regularity in these stories. The whole idea is that words can be reduced to small numbers. It could be that we have to find significant words or phrases (like "Grateful Dead"), apply numerology to them to obtain numbers, then use the numbers ot pick letters out of chapter titles.
    "...it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve."

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