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    Exclamation Anyone near Indiana?

    I know this may look off-the-beaten-path, but either I have landed one of the biggest Red Herrings ever, or actually have something real.

    Anyone nearby the state who wants to help privately double-check my work? PM me.
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    Okay, more specifically, anyone near "Ora S.P., IN"?

    (Hoping to hear more than the sound of enthusiastic crickets...)
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    Is anyone near Ora State Park, in southern North Bend Township, in Starke County, Indiana? If so, the clues that make me think in that direction include what the key container looks like. (A 3D metal postal box tube)
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    Sorry, but there is no state park named Ora in Indiana. Just an un-incorporated town named Ora in Indiana

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    Thanks. The only letters I go were: S I P N O A R. First, I thought "Orian SP" or "Ario NSP" but couldn't find either. Then I thought "State Park in Ora." And when I google that, I came up with the Ora, IN and thought I must be looking for a state park located there.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytes and Peaces View Post
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    An interesting pair.


    Anything that "Tips" toward the state park that is there? (and Tyler too).


    So happy to see this one still tugs at hunter like it does me from time to time. Wish I could add to this line of thinking.


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    Sorry, Domino, didn't mean to ignore you or this thread. If I had been correct, the "Whistle Pig" solution in part worked like this:

    Everytime I saw a "Key" symbol, I took the title of the piece immediately following it (The Hunt). I substituted the letters for their numbers (A=1 to Z=26) so "The Hunt" = "20-8-5 8-21-14-20". I then counted out those letters against the text starting with the first letter of the opening paragraph: "20-8-5 8-21-14-20" = "S I P N O A R" = "ORA, IN SP". The word "see" is consistantly written as "c" and "tube" is "bb"(2b). As a further example, "For the Record" = "6-15-18 20-8-5 18-5-3-20-18-4" = B L B E D A T N L N P E = "BB PLANTED E L"

    This still, of course, does not explain if the {DM} symbols are red herrings or real or somewhere in between...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytes and Peaces View Post
    Sorry, Domino, didn't mean to ignore you or this thread. If I had been correct, the "Whistle Pig" solution in part worked like this:

    Everytime I saw a "Key" symbol, I took the title of the piece immediately following it (The Hunt). I substituted the letters for their numbers (A=1 to Z=26) so "The Hunt" = "20-8-5 8-21-14-20". I then counted out those letters against the text starting with the first letter of the opening paragraph: "20-8-5 8-21-14-20" = "S I P N O A R" = "ORA, IN SP". The word "see" is consistantly written as "c" and "tube" is "bb"(2b). As a further example, "For the Record" = "6-15-18 20-8-5 18-5-3-20-18-4" = B L B E D A T N L N P E = "BB PLANTED E L"

    This still, of course, does not explain if the {DM} symbols are red herrings or real or somewhere in between...

    I like the type of puzzle you are describing and the set-up as such.


    My immediate thought is, if this type of puzzle/solution was set in the text, the discovery alone would be non-traditional and a discovery in and of itself. I don't know if adding an additional layer would be needed or intended; the additional layer being that the words were then anagrammed or scrambled in some way and NOT be clear meaning, still open to interpretation. Why would not the text just reveal itself? Or, if it were anagrammed, why wouldn't it be very clear and spelled exact? Being clever enough to see this puzzle solution would be one giant step. Figuring out the second layer - that letters were words derived from numbers were anagrammed - would be another. If the author controls both the text AND the Key (numbers), then my gut says discovery of the solution and the anagram (or word/letter order after solution applied) would be succinct and enough.


    I can see if a person were setting up a puzzle based on someone else's works (known literature, poem, song, etc.) where, the need to apply their encoding/enciphering to the text could only reveal things close to words you would need to show a solution location you had. Then the words would come out in a way that would still need "interpretation." But, when the person controls all the forms of the medium plus the puzzle "style," there would be no need to not make it absolutely, blow your mind clear that you have correctly found the hidden message and deciphered the location.


    My two cents. I have done similar hunts myself using pseudo forms of both things I described: My own writings with a puzzle applied, and other people's stuff (and/or an allusion to them) with a puzzle applied.


    When you start with a message that must be revealed, it is so much easier when you control every letter, word, space, punctuation...and also, the puzzle you set to these things.
    When you start with a message that must be revealed and then go looking for a medium in writing that others have access too/finding AND THEN try to apply a puzzle, sometimes you have to settle for obscure formats that need interpreting (which often look like another layer but, really are where the author either is giving up on matching a puzzle they are hell bent on using to the text they are hell bent on using or, tired of looking for an appropriate text medium for which to match the needed puzzle leading to the intended solution).


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