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    Default curious, maybe shallow, oh well ;)

    i'm thinking of taking a look at this book, i cant find too much info on this though. what is the reward for the winner? how long has this hunt been going on so far?

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    Reward = A key
    Book published in 2003
    Not solved as far as I know.
    Author's website = www.thewhistlepig.net no longer exists. Never heard of anyone that accessed the site to get info on what was there.
    Author seems to have taken a low profile.

    The key may not uinlock anything and is probably nothing more than just a key. I am unsure. Author didn't expound on the value of the key.

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    Default Offer of help

    I would be glad to help anyone work on TWP during the next month. I have not read the book yet, but have read most of the posts here and at Q4T. We can work in public on this website or in private. I might be able to provide some insight before getting overwhelmed by all the details in the book.

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    I'm working this one. As the book says, you'll know the 'value' of the key when you find it. What that means, I don't know. It IS a real key--a physical key, that is, according to the author, who posted this info not long ago on Q4T.

    The hunt is low key, but interesting. I assume that what you are supposed to do is to find the meaning of the stories as a whole--and they will lead to the key's location. So far, there have been a couple of mysteries uncovered--the anacrostic message in the story "The Bow" is one of these: (bare the cross, find the fruit etc.) I'm willing to work with anyone who has any insight.

    The author's web site may be down, but the author himself is still around, and keeping tabs on hunters and hunt. The book is still in print and available. I doubt you will be able to work this one without the book--there are subtleties in it that just can't be communicated on a forum, including the way the book is laid out and printed (page numbers incorrect or missing, the cover maps, blank spots, etc.)

    Nothing other than the key has been promised--no cash prize, no other prize. Duck Miller is a pseudonym for someone else (the answer on Q4T's forum, or so we believe it to be) and we're supposed to know what value it has when it's found. It appears that the entire puzzle will be text-based or literary/historical. Some of the stories appear to be about famous people, some use sports metaphors and some use popular music icons and titles--in the story "Winterland" almost every line or scene is from a popular song or song title, many of them from the Grateful Dead.

    So the whole thing is, IMHO, very intriguing and challenging enough to satisfy. Any opinons or ideas are welcomed. We freely share information on this one, most of which has been on Q4T.
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    Default Hello

    I have a book on order, and should receive it this week. Just from reading the forums I have a thought on how TWP will be solved. I will be glad to share if you want.

    I also think that there is a real key to be found, but the only reward will be bragging rights for finding it.

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    Sure! I'd love to hear your ideas.

    Until recently, I didn't think "key" meant a real, physical key. I thought perhaps it was a metaphorical key--i.e., a key to another puzzle, a guitar key, a musical key, etc. I would have put my money on musical key--for quite a while after reading through the book--because there were so many references to music. Then, Miller posted on Q4T and said it was a real key. So that blew that theory! LOL...

    New theories are welcome with this one. Anything you can share now?
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    My thought is that the book will yield solutions to clues. These clues would be put in a box of 7 to 10 letters wide and probably 22 rows long. When you bare the cross, you will be left with a location or directions to the key. You might even have to remove the eleventh row.

    I think that all clues will have the same theme, perhaps Feb 2. or the year of the pig.

    I have a specific location in mind, but I hate to give it away yet.

    I know all of this is easier said then done, but I like figuring out the impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold_bug View Post
    Author's website = www.thewhistlepig.net no longer exists. Never heard of anyone that accessed the site to get info on what was there.
    Here's an interesting thing. Until recently you could still view thewhistlepig.net (or most of it) at http://www.archive.org/web/web.php, but even those old archived pages are gone, possibly at Duck's request. Or at the request of the new owners of the domain name. I printed a couple of the pages in 2005, but looking back, there was nothing particularly revealing on them. The site had some links for ordering the book in wholesale, a link for educators, an ad for TWP-themed matchbooks, etc. No additional clues that I could see.
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    Default How is everyone?

    Just thought I would check in. How is everyone? How is your progress?

    I am curious, am I the first one to find the fruit. Does any one else know what that means?

    I wonder if Mr. Miller would volunteer to recover the key for me if I described the landmark like the palm tree W in "It's a mad mad mad mad world".

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    There has been another interpretation of "find the fruit." I don't know that I agree with it, and I haven't seen your "fruit" yet, so I don't know if I agree with yours either.

    However, the 'crossword' box thing sounds interesting. No one came up with that one, that I remember.

    Seems like both of you have your own locations in mind.
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