Thanks for the update.
So whats Whistle Pig like? Has it been very fun to work on? Rate it on a scale of 1-10.
Whistle Pig is a small book of short stories, all fiction.The longest story is 17 pages long. The shortest is one page. Most are about 8 pages. There are eleven chapters total. Each chapter is a different story. The author, Duck Miller, provides an introduction and in it says that, "his literary treasure chest can only be unlocked with your intellect". He also says that there are "allusions and references embedded in the stories". He states that "the key has been in place since February 2, 2003", but is quite vague on what the key is, however he does say that it is a "unique and unmistakable key hidden on accessible public property within the borders of the United States".
The final chapter contained a cipher using the first letters of every sentence. Each paragraph revealed one word: Bare The Cross Leave The Center Find The Fruit.
There is also the shadow of a whistle pig (ground hog) on the cover and in the book. And a map of the United States on the inner covers (both back and front).
The stories are strange, but good. They certainly get you wondering what meaning is hidden behind them, or who some of the characters really are. And I guess that is the entire purpose of the stories.
I would give the book a 6/10. I would give it a higher rate if something besides the last chapter was solved beyond a doubt, with some kind of confirmers. I think that is why this book has been dormant for so long. People need to see something solved. They need to know that it is possible to find this key. And without that, The book gets placed on a shelf, or sold in a garage sale, or thrown away. It has be comprehensible, as a puzzle and an armchair treasure hunt, to people other than its author. And so far, it has been simply an odd story book.
Great synopsis GB.
I'd give it an 8 but mostly becuase each story is well written and the solve she stated above was so easy and obvious that it is most likely vague directions for other things you discover. If deacon's ideas are correct then this may be the way to the key from his intersection. You could use a very vague X that doesnt have to be on a super accurate spot in order to "leave" it to find whatever "The Fruit" might be.
Domino, I agree. I think the stories are well-written too. But it is only chapter 11 so far, that anyone has found a "code". It is this final chapter that seems to give vague "instructions" on what to do. The other chapters appear to just be stories. These must be where Duck's "allusions" are buried.
Since deacon has posted his theory, I have taken out my copy of "Whistle Pig" and have been re-reading it. I like deacon's theory. But one has to figure out the allusions first. The only chapter I feel fairly certain about, is "Full Moon". Like deacon, I think this is about Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It has several hints, not just one, that confirm the chapter is likely about Gettysburg. I have ideas about other chapters, but can not seem to find confirmers. Why would one chapter have so many, yet other chapters seem to have none? Unless I am totally on the wrong track. And that is what I have come to think.
There are a lot of other unanswered questions too, such as what do the titles mean? Why are some pictures of keys horizontal and some vertical? Why are Duck Miller's initials immediately after the text in some chapters, but on a page alone for other chapters? There is more there than meets the eye!
It is nice to see this book come back to life. I would like to see more discussion on it again. Perhaps we can get the discussion going about a few select chapters, and who, what or where we think Duck might be alluding to. But I don't want to step on deacon's toes. Maybe we can wait until he posts what he has for the remaining chapters that he mentioned above.
So far, if you drew an X connecting those 4 cities, you would have found that Illinois is the state. Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10 identify 4 cities in Illinois that gives greater accuracy. The solve that was found in chapter 11; bare the cross, leave the center, find the fruit. I think that what we are doing is baring or revealing the cross. The second cross will reveal the center. On my solution, it actually finds what might be called a center. I found what I believe are additional instructions on how to leave the center, but I believe I have only found half of it. I have an idea for the second half, but I am not sure.
I will say that I believe the "sand castle" is chicago.
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There is even a shopping district as was mentioned in the story. The castle even has a tunnel for water under it.
I just wish I knew if the Pig was still out there.
I am also trying to figure out if there is a clue in chapter 6, I have yet to find anything there. I think there are 13 clues. So far I have found what I believe are 12 of them.
More to come.
Since Genetic Blend mentioned the titles of the chapters, the keys, and the DM initials. I have not been able to find anything with them. The one thing is, I do think there are only 13 clues. I think the chapter "The Egg Hunt" has the directions for what to do. He also mentions that the 13th clue is the hardest to find. If I am correct about the cities, that is 8 clues right there. Bare the Cross, Leave the Center, Find the Fruit is clue number 9. I do think I have found 3 more clues, 2 in chapter 1 and another one in chapter 11, but with most things, until the solution is proven correct, we will not really know. I have not been able to figure out the 13th clue.
I have not been able to find a clue in chapter 6. Is the 13th clue hidden there? Is the clue maybe just a description of the whistle pig? I just do not know.
The 13th clue could also just be as simple as the instructions in "The Egg Hunt"
I also think that "The year of PLACES" is an accurate description. The places were are finding so far are the cities. The next place we find is the center, then we find various points from the center, if I am correct. Maybe the "year of PLACES" is the 13th clue.
deacon, you have said that you do not have a clue for chapter 6. I will list my thoughts for chapter 6, and perhaps some others will join in.
First of all, Duck Miller did not give his chapters numbers, so we really don't have a chapter number, but a title. This is titled, "For the Record". It is the MIDDLE of the book, or CENTER chapter. There are five chapters before it, and five chapters after it. It is a poem, rather than a story. The poem describes a ground hog, or a whistle pig. I think this is your clue.
Three things that I find interesting about this chapter is that the image of the key that comes before the title is vertical, not horizontal. And that there is no "DM" after this chapter. This chapter is on page 48. One of the other chapters is titled "Forty-Eight States". That may or may not be important...just an observation.
I also think this chapter relates back to the map that comes after page xiii and before the page that says, "----Year of the----". That map has a small, highlighted circle near Punxstawney, Pennsylvania, where they celebrate Groundhog Day, every February 2nd. I don't know why the author would chose to put that map where he did.
I do think that there are connections or overlapping themes between chapters. I feel certain that this poem about the groundhog goes with the map with the circle near Punxstawney. Perhaps the author is showing us that we should pair certain chapters together. Common themes seem to be light, religion, baseball, bottles, and music.
Could "find the fruit" mean "find the pair"? (pear/pair)