Genetic Blend, I like your thoughts on chapter 6. I had considered that maybe it described what we are looking for, but was not sure. I like your connection of "Forty Eight States" and the key being different. I think that is definitely something to consider.
I noticed the overlapping themes but I have not been able to discover if that means anything. I am assuming there are 13 clues based on the egg hunt story. I am pretty sure I have found 12, but I am not sure, so I will be keeping an open mind to your thoughts also.
..because, like the "code," no two chapter are alike. Better said, no chapter reveals things like any other chapter...meaning using the same or simular methods. Each forces you to use your brain in a different way. You cant look for something in one that you see in another. i.e. The Secret - You can only find SELOY in one poem much like BARE THE... in one chapter.
Originally Posted by Genetic Blend
Originally Posted by deacon001
What is the distance from Punxstawney, Pennsylvania to your location in Illinois?
Also, dont forget "the shadow" of the Whistle Pig. There are so many other ways this blob could have been done yet, it was done like this...and no other "whistle pig/groundhog" likeness. It must be something you see/find once on location.
I agree with you, Domino, about the shape, or shadow. I think the shape is "something" that looks like a groundhog. But what is that something? My guess is that it is a lake. But it could be almost anything. It could be something that the author created himself, and not something that is natural. He talks about seeing the "shadow" of the whistle pig. So perhaps it could be a cave opening, or something that really does cast a shadow. We have to remember too, that the author says that there is a real, physical key. So once you see this shape, you must know that you are in the correct place.
Originally Posted by Domino
Let's Discuss a Chapter of Whistle Pig
How about we try to dissect a single chapter from Whistle Pig? I don't know how many people are following this thread, but let's pick one, and put up as many ideas as we can. My only suggestions are that we don't do the first chapter, the middle chapter, or the last chapter, as I think they may have other uses.
So if anyone else would like to participate, name some chapters, and let's see if we can try to solve one of them.
YARRRRR! I just put the word out to another treasure hunter that loves this but has been on hiatus from here for awhile. Maybe other insights can be had with finding others that have chimed in over the years and inviting them back. Not to undermine what deacon has done, he may well have figured out the trick to many of these chapters afterall. The poem, that one is key too. Ahoy!
Originally Posted by Genetic Blend
Thanks for sharing that. It looks like he likes to fish. So perhaps the shape of the ground hog is a lake. I tried to write a message, but because I am not a facebook friend, it said my message will go into his "other folder". I don't know what that means.
Thoughts on Whistle Pig
I like deacon's idea of the cross being an "X". But the more I think about it, I think the author has already given us the center. We know that the center is not all-important, because he tells us to "Leave The Center", so why not reveal it? I think the center chapter, "For the Record" is our first hint as to where the center of the cross is located. This chapter is the only one marked with a vertical key. This chapter describes a ground hog, or a "whistle pig". On one the pages prior to the chapters starting, there is a map with a small circle, just over Punxstawney. I think Punxstawney is our center.
There are five chapters before "For the Record" and five chapters after it. I think the first and last chapters are "special" in some way because they have small keys. We already know that the last chapter contained a hidden code. The first chapter is probably different in some way too---but how?
The remaining eight chapters would make our "X". Each of two chapters would mark a spot radiating out from one of four sides of our center to make the X.
What is the fruit? I don't know. I think the first chapter might reveal that. But I am not sure.
Is there a pattern to the chapters? Can we somehow tell which chapters go on which of the four arms of the X? Some chapters seem to have themes. Could it just be in how the book is divided up?
So far, I think we can draw a line from Punxstawney and Gettysburg. Is there another city between the two of those, or out beyond Gettysburg that will fit in with any of the chapters?
Just some of my ideas that I am going on at the moment.
Domino, following the link you provided, I see that the author is from Baltimore, MD, and he went to Gettysburg College.
I have been thinking about the center of the book being the poem chapter about a whistle pig, or ground hog, and that map with the circle over Punxstawney... I think Punxstawney might be our "center". If we draw a line from Punxstawney to Gettysburg, then continue that line further SE, we end up in the Atlantic Ocean off of Baltimore, Maryland. Strange how these are all in a straight line....!
The book is published by "Canvasback Press". Canvasback is a type of duck, which is from the Chesapeake Bay area.
Perhaps a town near Baltimore is the subject of one of the chapters. Or other towns along the same line all the way NW to Erie could be our subjects too.
If we do a right angle off of the line at the center, or at Punxstawney, (making our "X") maybe we would find other towns along that X that match up to chapters in the book.
Maybe there are two chapters along each segment of the X.
Just some ideas....