# The Three Keys and a Set of Directions

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• 01-22-2012
Doc
The Three Keys and a Set of Directions
Greetings on a clear, cool evening in Dallas, TX!

I've been asked to stop posting about the three keys in other threads to keep from cluttering them, so I'm going to start over here and try to explain what's going on with these map puzzles. They're extremely well done, and I'm excited that the end is in sight for Chapter 1.

These are not a simple, Occam's razor solution. They require a completely different set of puzzle-solving skills than the 240 questions. The map solution requires lateral thinking and abstract associative thinking skills--'riddles' as it were. The clues that the author has been releasing lately are examples of these sorts of clues that will have to be solved. There aren't any ciphers, and there aren't any convenient fill-in-the-blanks to tell you immediately if you're right or wrong.

The author supplies us with a single clue that is specifically linked to solving a map:

'The first

is equal to the last'.

This clue is universal and is the first step for all 13 map puzzles, the golden eagle included. The purpose of this clue isn't to give you the solution--its purpose it to supply you with the set of directions that will help you solve the 1-20. The set of directions are hints and puzzles that, when properly solved, will give the treasure hunter the correct 1 - 20. Of course, each set of 'directions' will be unique to that chapter and will require the reader to go through and try to work out the solutions.

However, the first step is universal. All the latest hints the author has been providing appear to be trying to get the reader to find the set of directions for chapter 1.

So, let's get started....
• 01-22-2012
Doc
'The first

is equal to the last.'

The first thing one is supposed to figure out is that the blank is significant. This breaks the clue into three components:

1. The first
2. The blank
3. is equal to the last

This makes 'the first' as 'first', the blank as 'second', and 'is equal to the last' as THIRD. This may seem trite, but it's important.

This concept appears to be borne out with the introduction of three 'keys' in the story of chapter 9. These three keys are symbolized by an omega sign, a dove sign, and one whose symbol has been scratched out. It's quite easy to make the connection between an omega symbol and something that is last and something that has been scratched out with a blank. The dove symbol representing something that is THIRD is what confused me for a long time, but it's a reference to a PEACE SYMBOL. The peace symbol roughly divides a circle into THIRDS. I realize that this isn't a perfect match, but the connection between CHEROKEE from the 'Look for the jeep' clue and WARRIOR from C1 Q20 isn't a perfect match either, but they're both the correct connections to make.

In other words, the three keys from chapter 9 correlate to the three components of the invisible ink clue.

According to the story of chapter 9, these three keys were used, in a specific sequence, to unlock a box that was supposed to contain a treasure. Rather, the box contained a letter which told them where to go next.

The three keys will give you DIRECTIONS.

The three components of the Invisible Ink clue can be represented in a couple of different ways. As it turns out, they're both equivalent to each other, and that's a good start.

Since the middle component is blank, the three components might be labelled as 1 2 3 or '1 _ 3'. That's thirteen.

Likewise, if the 'first is equal to the last', the 'last' refers to the last of a treasure map, namely an X. As previously stated, 'is equal to the last' is equivalent to THIRD, or III.

So, another way of stating the Invisible Ink clue would be 'X _ III'. That's thirteen as well.

I'm going to jump to the end here and give you another example of these three keys and some equivalencies that will come into play when you actually begin solving the map. This is one of those 1 - 2 - 3 things.

1. An X is equivalent to a * when doing algebra. Such that 4 x 3 is equivalent to 4 * 3.
2. Another example of first = last is a CIRCLE. A circle represents a blank or a zero.
3. '...is equal to the last'. On your typewriter keyboard, you have something equivalent to a '3'. It's the #.

Using these equivalencies, the three components of the invisible ink clue 'X _ III' might be represented by '* O #'.

Consider the following:

1. A soduku grid can be represented by a #. That's a '1' as in only one component.
2. The freemason cipher consists of a # and an X. That's '2' components.
3. A telephone keypad has '* O #' on its bottom row. That's '3' components.

The soduku grid, the freemason cipher, and the telephone keypad are the actual three 'keys' one needs to solve a map.
• 01-22-2012
Doc
The three keys and their components likewise have a 1 - 2 - 3 correlation.

1. The first.
2. The second.
3. ...is equal to the last. (The third.)

These are each single components and represent the 1's.

Next, we start combining the various components into groups of 2:

1. The first is equal to the last.
2. The first. The second.
3. The second is equal to the last.

These use two components and thus represent the 2 in 1 - 2 - 3.

Finally, we combine all three components into a single command:

The first. The second. Is equal to the last.

Each of these are clues about what has to be collected from the chapters and what has to be done with them to solve for the three keys and the resultant set of directions.
• 01-22-2012
Doc
I can't go back and edit the above post--'the second is equal to the last' should be omitted. It's always the first is equal to the last.

Next, I want you to consider the nature of an 'X', particularly a freemason X.

The X is divided into four quadrants, and one of the interpretations of the Invisible Ink clue pertains to this X.

The first is equal to the last is referring to the top half of the X is equal to the bottom half of the X. The two sections in the middle of the X that correspond to east and west would be blank.

This concept helps explain one of the clues from above:

'The first. The second.'

The second key, the one corresponding to a blank, has two different components. There is a distinct 'first' and 'second' part of this second key. It has to obey by the same rules. 'The first is equal to the last'--this first part of the second key is likewise equal to the last.

There's an important feature about the freemason X that I need to bring up at this point. The 'right' side of the freemason X, which is its east side, corresponds to W in the freemason alphabet. In other words, east = west. One way of describing an X would be north/south/right since 'right' represents both east and west.

I apologize for the length of these posts. I'm trying to explain as best as I can so you can follow along and understand the nature of the beast you're about to tackle.

The ultimate goal of these three keys is to obtain three three-letter sequences, one of which will always be a number.

Next, let's discuss the 'rules' that these three keys have to obey in order for you to identify them in the chapters.
• 01-22-2012
stvwz
Doc, Congrats on apparently solving the method. I know you have invested quite a large sum of time on this.

However, I am not sure we understand what is meant by a set of directions. are we supposed to get a string that says do x an y subtrac z and this is your sequence, or something a bit obtuse.

Without endangering your eligibility by giving somehting away here, can you give an example of where one might start to look to understand this first = last to yiled a set of instructions?

thanks

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc
Greetings on a clear, cool evening in Dallas, TX!

I've been asked to stop posting about the three keys in other threads to keep from cluttering them, so I'm going to start over here and try to explain what's going on with these map puzzles. They're extremely well done, and I'm excited that the end is in sight for Chapter 1.

These are not a simple, Occam's razor solution. They require a completely different set of puzzle-solving skills than the 240 questions. The map solution requires lateral thinking and abstract associative thinking skills--'riddles' as it were. The clues that the author has been releasing lately are examples of these sorts of clues that will have to be solved. There aren't any ciphers, and there aren't any convenient fill-in-the-blanks to tell you immediately if you're right or wrong.

The author supplies us with a single clue that is specifically linked to solving a map:

'The first

is equal to the last'.

This clue is universal and is the first step for all 13 map puzzles, the golden eagle included. The purpose of this clue isn't to give you the solution--its purpose it to supply you with the set of directions that will help you solve the 1-20. The set of directions are hints and puzzles that, when properly solved, will give the treasure hunter the correct 1 - 20. Of course, each set of 'directions' will be unique to that chapter and will require the reader to go through and try to work out the solutions.

However, the first step is universal. All the latest hints the author has been providing appear to be trying to get the reader to find the set of directions for chapter 1.

So, let's get started....

• 01-22-2012
Doc
The first key (the omega key): The first is equal to the last.

1. Must be associated with something that is FIRST and associated with an iteration of X.
2. Must have an equivalence to the third key.

The first part of the second key (the scratched out key): 'The first is equal to the last' & 'The first. The second.'

1. Must be associated with a blank, something in the middle, or an iteration of '2'.
2. Must have an equivalence to the third key.
3. Must have an identifier indicating it is a 'first' when used in conjunction with the second part of the second key.

The second part of the second key (the scratched out key): The first. The second.

1. Must be associated with an iteration of X2. (In the three keys representation of X _ III, 'the first, the second' are X and an implied '2').
2. Must have an identifier indicating it is a 'second' when considered in conjunction with the first part of the second key.

The third key (the dove key): is equal to the last.

1. Must be associated with an iteration of THIRD.
2. Must have an equivalence to the first key and the first part of the second key.
• 01-22-2012
Doc
Once you understand the nature of the ins and outs of this 'X _ III', you can begin picking up on the various examples the author is throwing our direction.

1. JOY is a three letter example. J = 10 = X. O is a blank in the middle. Y divides a circle into THIRDS.
2. The latest clue: Letters from the STORY. ST or Y.

ST = LAST TWO (as in the last two letters of the 1 - 20, S and T).
Y = THIRD

LAST TWO THIRD

Another example of X _ III.

3. In chapter 13, you're given three clues. Once you realize you're looking for an association with X _ III, you can figure out which clue is which.

a. The wall of numbers will be a TEXT. T - EX - T, or 20 - EX - 20, or XX - X - XX. You've got an 'X' clue.
b. 'IN THE MIND' x 5 around Benjamin Franklin. 'In the mind' is a reference to the 'id'. Flip 'id' upside down and you get 'pi' which indicates a circle. 'X 5' can be rewritten as XV or 15, which is 'O'--another circle. The clue is written 'around' Benjamin Franklin. This clue actually implies THREE circles, which I find really interesting.
c. The 3-d soduku is 9x9x9 or (I)(I)(I). We have our THIRD.

(By the way, that is by no means the end of those three clues--I'm just pointing out you can easily associate the three clues with the three keys.)

Let's go to Chapter 1 and put all this to use.
• 01-22-2012
Doc
Headed home from vacation--using a tablet (not driving). Had an insight to pass along...

The map puzzle is a riddle game, and it's a treasure hunt. The invisible ink clue is only the first step. Solving it isn't supposed to give you the map solution. It only gives you the next step. In this case, it's the riddles, clues, and hints to solve a map. The 'directions'.

The way I was SUPPOSED to have solved these keys...

The invisible ink clue is divided into three parts. I - II - III. The Invisible Ink is 'II'--it is the '2' that is missing. 'Invisible'.

The 'I' is chapter 1: D B Cooper. 24 3: X _ 3.

The 'III' is chapter 9: the story of the three keys. The first = last. 'I' is also 9, and the 'I' is one-THIRD of III.

The invisible ink clue was not meant to stand alone. It had two other components that I had figured out, but this was the way I was SUPPOSED to have solved it.
• 01-22-2012
dawnplayer8
Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc
Headed home from vacation--using a tablet (not driving). Had an insight to pass along...

The map puzzle is a riddle game, and it's a treasure hunt. The invisible ink clue is only the first step. Solving it isn't supposed to give you the map solution. It only gives you the next step. In this case, it's the riddles, clues, and hints to solve a map. The 'directions'.

The way I was SUPPOSED to have solved these keys...

The invisible ink clue is divided into three parts. I - II - III. The Invisible Ink is 'II'--it is the '2' that is missing. 'Invisible'.

The 'I' is chapter 1: D B Cooper. 24 3: X _ 3.

The 'III' is chapter 9: the story of the three keys. The first = last. 'I' is also 9, and the 'I' is one-THIRD of III.

The invisible ink clue was not meant to stand alone. It had two other components that I had figured out, but this was the way I was SUPPOSED to have solved it.

Congratulations Doc,
When do you go search for the eagle? I am suprised they took my guess this morning. You should start a thread on chapters that have been solved.
• 01-22-2012
Doc
Dawn,

I have not solved the map as yet, but I feel that I am very close to finishing it.

The above post is only referring to how I was supposed to solve the three keys, and that is only the first step.
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