The author writes, “Tens of thousands of letters from Masqueraders have convinced me that the human mind has an equal capacity for pattern-matching and self-deception. While some addicts were busy cooking the riddle, others were more single-mindedly continuing their own pursuit of the hare quite regardless of the news that the treasure had been found on February 24, 1982.

“Their own theories had come to seem so convincing that no exterior evidence could refute them. These most determined of Masqueraders may grudgingly have accepted that a hare of some sort was dug up at Ampthill, but they believed there would be another hare, or a better solution, awaiting them at their favorite spot.

“Kit would expect them to continue undismayed by the much publicized diversion at Ampthill and would be looking forward to the day when he would greet them as the real discoverers of the real puzzle of Masquerade. Optimistic expeditions were still setting out, with shovels and maps, throughout the summer of 1982.”

The $100,000 Challenge followed suit. Some folks, after scrutinizing every page and photo in DB’s book, went on to scrutinize every word and image on my website, and others, I’m afraid, went “Just Blaine Crazy.”

Here are some of the many stories I’ve collected.

Close Encounter
Wordplay at the OK Correl
The Perfect Anagram
Tommy Says No
Down Under
Church Key
Atlanta Transit
Rock City
Climb Ten
Tattoo Map
Bribe 0f Frankenstein
Conduit
Golden Arrow

But nothing beats the tenacity of these gentleman.

Conspiracy by Joe

Parakeet Droppings

Tea Time

“The game is afoot.”

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

Before I go into our proposed solution, I wanted to tell you how much we’ve enjoyed discovering your work. We’ve lost sleep, we’ve scoured New York, and we’ve loved every minute of it. We also thoroughly enjoyed the book with or without the challenge.

The Clue:

“If my tattoo is fearless, then climb ten weeks to find the route.”

The Solution:

Tattoo = Cupid (source page 123) Cupid is also known as Eros, for the purpose of this solution Cupid will be known simply as “Angel“

Fearless = Archangel, sometimes Archangel refers to Gabriel. At other times, the Archangel refers to the Devil. For the purposes of this solution the “fearless tattoo” will be known as the “Devil.”

Climb Ten Weeks = Eros is sometimes used to represent “The Lovers” in the tarot. “The Lovers card is the sixth card of the tarot major arcana. Using the intrinsic values of playing cards that David Blaine discusses (page 44) every card is equal to one week of a year. Climb ten weeks = Climb 10 cards which brings us to the sixteenth card of the tarot: The Tower

Route = Devil Tower

A web search revealed the route is the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Declared the US’s first national monument by Theodore Roosevelt (pictured with Houdini on page 145) It is also a popular destination for “climbers.”

Solution = If my Tattoo (Angel/ Eros) is fearless (Angel + Fearless = Devil), then Climb Ten Weeks (Eros 6th Tarot card + 10 = 16 (the Tower 16th card of Tarot) to find the route (the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming )

Confirmers (some more subjective than others):

Colonel Richard I. Dodge is often given credit for naming the Devil’s Tower.

“I hope an eight year old boy from Harlem finds it,” DB says. This clue is fruitless and ambiguous with this spelling, however when we spell Harlem according to it’s root origin we spell it Haarlem. And our eight year old “Hero of Harlem” becomes young “Hans Brinker.” The boy who kept his finger in the dyke until sunrise. Hans is only of interest to us for the name of his creator “Mary Mapes Dodge”. The creators: Dodge + Dodge

“Ascent so severe it’s sheer presence glares.”
“My fourth phrase casts shy glimpses near shadow.”

The Devils Tower lies adjacent to the Belle Fourche river. When you incorporate the “sh” sound of shy and shadow, Fourth becomes “Fourche”.

(We’re getting more subjective here :-)

The map on page 116 bears a reasonable resemblance to an area map of Devil’s Tower.

The inference of “In A Stone” (Page 62, first letters of caption excluding the proper name P.T.Barnum), is a bit of an understatement. The Devil’s Tower is a goliath of stone and rock.

The visual sight of The Devil’s Tower is stunning, however it also brings to mind imagery that David Blaine describes in his passages about San Simeon and his own pillar experience.

Once you begin to believe in your theory, the perceived confirmations are limitless. We have pursued theories with far less logic than this, and found even more “confirmations.”

If this solution leads to the fame and accolades that only those certified “Blaine Crazy” I would be honored. I would also be glad to have time freed up to pursue other methods. However if this solution is correct, I would appreciate some sort of acknowledgement. We have seriously searched areas in New York on several locations. We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty, but The Devil’s Tower is a little out of the way :-)

Thanks for all of your inspiration and your challenges.

To complete this solution, I guess I should be more specific. This map shows the area, (Page 116) with Belle Fourch creating the border.

Page 114 shows the location of the orb with Port Au-Prince corresponding to the Visitors Center.

Either Blaine Crazy or Blaine Proud and nonplussed either way,

Attached is a map of Devil’s Tower with DB’s page 114 map overlayed with 50% or so opacity. It is also rotated.

Either I’m crazy, or I’m right. But isn’t life always that way?

This solution is fairly complete, I keep building it and backsolving, but the foundation is there.

If I’m wrong I will probably make the Just Blaine Crazy hall of shame. But If I’m right, I think this solve deserves a thumbs-up so that I can make arrangements to retrieve the orb. I know that everyone believes in their solutions equally, but they didn’t send illustrative proof...lol (just kidding). I understand that once you reply everyone will want you too, but Wyoming’s a long way from NY...and if I need to travel, I think this solve deserves a thumbs up or down.

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WORDPLAY AT THE OK CORREL

My path is true AMERICANA.

Step one - get us to the state.

MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS

FE PHOE (phonetically)
AR with in the state of Arizona
LESS NIX (crossword defintion)

Also, the tattoo of David’s is NOT Houdini EYES, its simply known as Blaine’s EYES in tattoo circles.

He ahs not reveal the name of this BECAUSE this represents HIS life - its is himself as a Phoenix.

Rising from the dead, from the fires and ashes, to LIVE once more in ultimate glory.

Sounds like Christ (his tattoo on his back)

Sounds like anyone survivng the NAZI’s

Sounds like his burial stunt.

And the riddle portion.....

For those not keen on my riddle (the map) I proposed this in AUGUST and bump it back up on Monday.

IN order from the remaining reordering of the final two instructions...

ROSE IMP BIRD

An imp bird is a falcon, but a falcon is not a rose color, a mythical bird is - the Phoenix.

And as a final nail in this line of thought,

THERES IS MAGIC IN THE EYES

He came up with this after seeing Harry Potter when the Phoenix cures Harry by CRYING TEARS INTO HIS WOUND.

Step One - done We are in the state.

The next step is locating the city....

Its not mentioned directly, it is alluded to until you are boxed into only one choice.

From the “map” :

Foulest sunlight

(Travel east from the starting point)

From the Larry King clue:

Climb ten weeks

(Travel along route 70)

The town:

our instruction phrases... BARTENDERS, CARPENTERS, EDITORS... I am missing a few.... the TRADES OF LABOR of the town.

TARQUO Photo ... BOOTH

Next Photo of David ... Ready for a DRAW (straight stare)

From the “MAP”

SHY IT MURDER - S - H - Y IT (Phoentics) Murder

wyatt murder

CARD CHEATS ENGRAVING

AND the VERY First clue..... IN A STONE

Town - Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Memorial Cemetary

If the “Potato Head” wanted to ‘hide’ the treasure even more he would have put it a little ways underneath the boards near the only bright light in the MINESHAFT. The two dim antique lights shed very little illumination.

Seems new plywood has been nailed onto the underside of the right board walk (where the sand is). It is impossible and inaccessible to get under neath that area.

I left some calling cards on the railing to show I was there and searching for two hours. There was a camera upper left rafter rercording my comings and goings.

There was a man, a young version of Don Zimmer, in a camper detailing my moving via walkie talkie.

I have his AZ License plate number... its ends with BAA.

I will give you the riddle and the DUAL deduction you need top get to that exact spot.

What does SOBALL stand for?

I have my ideas.

PLEASE pass this along to whomever can end this. I did as you asked, I went there.

Just so you have my conclusions on your complete puzzle, same thing I have in sealed envelopes.

Twenty-one word riddle:

SEVERE THE BETTER CASTS HORRIBLE COSTUME FOULEST SUNLIGHT SHY IT MURDER VENOMS
MONARCH SCORN ROSE IMP BIRD SUBHUMAN THAT ROUTES BE.

Regional deduction: gets you to the town.

See where the bettor casts;

Hoars, belles cost you, me. (Reno/Las Vegas)

Follow East sunlight. (Travel east from above)

Wyatt murders, the names of outlaws.

Rose Imp Bird (Phoenix) A straight line on a map goes from Las Vegas, through Phoenix, through Tombstone, Arizona... site of OK Carrol incident.

Subhuman Minors

That Routes BE At Route South (B=2) times (E=5) South Route 10.

Local Deduction: pick up town map from the Chamber of Commerce building (clues lead you to a map) Walks you down Allen street...

See where the better casts are: belles (Wild Bunch and Hell’s Belles) 4th and Allen

Cuss Tomb (Original name of Tombstone)

Follow east sunlight (east down Allen street)

Wyatt murder (Old tombstone tours) 4th-5th and Allen

The names on arches worn 5th and Allen (Photo studio with period clothing)

Rose Imp Bird Bird Cage Theater Museum,

6th and Allen

Subhuman that routes be Mine at street south (B=2) + (e=5)

South 7

The only list attraction at allen and seventh is the Buzzard’s Breathe Mineshaft.

IN front, a large sign that said “Swap and Meet” with a large arrow pointing in the mouth of the entrance.

Above the entrance, is a sign with two arrows surrounding “Mine Entrance“

That is the conclusions I reached with your puzzle and the map.

Seems as tight as I can see it.

Fake rock at a fake business.

Perhaps someone has picked it up, but then WHY would security still be there??

He was there before I came and there after I left.

A car with no visible lights on a closed street and all of his windows tin foiled over...

I heard him talking into his walkie talkie... but only AFTER I went back to my car for my flashlight...

If it was outside the locked door, I picked it up and shook it.

Maybe you’ll see me from the camera if they record that sort of thing.

Have you seen any one correctly submit your twenty-one word riddle and its deduced answer??

I can use your words as confirmers... “don’t forget the text”

Banish those which seen the same and ALL IN BE tween.

ALL IN BE --> Allen and 7th.

Cliff, I have YOUR answers.

I just posted the following message to David’s official MSN board:

If he wanted some kid from the middle of nowhere (Harlem) to “just figure it out.” how did you expect him to go from point A to point B just to make a phone call?

Not everyone can drop out for 44 days and then come back with still a job and a family.

Please look into doing the right thing.

Thanks.

The location is fenced in and secure, and is opened from nine am to five pm

It is both inside and outside

It has a mutliple purposes as much of this Challenge their clues.

I will develop my photos and have to decide how to disseminate my accounts.

I now have “a” solution from which I deduced from the book and the puzzles prior to being on site.

I can now also have “a” solution further detailing what I found at the location and the surrounding
attractions.

While the orb has not been obtained by me, my accounts will make a great read by anyone who has toiled over this for a small life time.

Anyone without knowledge would find my account unfollowable.

I have and will write it from a stand point of someone having read the book, and researched various
solutions.

When and how my account(s) will see the light of day is undetermined. I have no control on here and the Challenge remains open - as I reread The Quest for the Golden Hare, I am reminded that it is not in the intellectual solution that prevails, but by physical evidence.

It is currently seven thirty here at an internet cafe - guess you can now guess the time zone.

I will be flying out in a few hours

What you all want to know

(1) I found no fake rock as described at the location deduced and search that means its either the wrong location, the right location and I am looking at the wrong spot or it has already been picked up.

I honestly can not tell you which of the above circumstances is true.

If I’ve walked over and kicked the thing a number of times, it would not have surprised me.

I have taken a roll of photos and have obtained three copies of the same map. Not the detailed map of the location I was hoping for, but the general town layout with cooresponding directories of all businesses and their coded location plots.

With this map, I have reconfirmed the dual and sometimes triple use of:

- count down six and two piers
- if my tattoo is fearless
- climb ten weeks
- twenty seven countries intermingle legimately

For those who don’t know from Find a Grave, purported to be a hoax: Under Houdini’s grave, Page 215 holds the key to the amulet. DB - 11/2002”

Page 215 is the back cover of the hard bound book.

I am still at the location in which I’ve sent two people and came myself for the second time - first in daylight though.

Sorry to those who wanted to see this end, and glory to those who want to solve it, I have not ended this Challenge.

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THE PERFECT ANAGRAM

Ok here goes.

The clue is, “IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS, THEN CLIMB TEN WEEKS TO FIND THE ROUTE” and “ALSO DROP THE MOST COMMON DICE NUMBER THROWN IN CRAPS.”

It hit me after a few hours of playing with the numbers. Then I just did the math:

GIVEN ITEMS

David’s Tattoo: 174517

Most Common dice in craps: 7

STEP ONE: 174517 drop 7’s

STEP TWO: This gives us 1451

STEP THREE: ‘Climb’ 10 weeks (10 weeks = 70 days)

STEP FOUR: multiply 1451 X 70

STEP FIVE: This gives you 101570

STEP SIX: Drop the seven to get 10150

ANSWER: The “ROUTE” will take you “there” and is a zip code of 10150 which is... E 54th and 3rd ave. NY CITY. Also, the primary clue david gave was “IN A STONT” not “in a stone.” “INASTONT” is a perfect ANAGRAM for STATION with an N left over.

FDR STATION (FDR Post Office) is at zipcode ZIP 10150, right on 54th and 3rd avenue.

NOTE: After thinking about this for hours, it is very RARE that a number multiplied by 70 would give a number that would be exactly 6 tenths of a mile from the book publisher’s address after dropping a lone seven which was in the clue to begin with. Also, by thinking like David and ‘knowing him’, he would want to stay close to the treasure and have it monitored on a day by day basis, in case of accidental retreival or disposal (trash men, landscapers, janitors, etc). By thinking like Cliff to get ‘you there’, would have to involve backwards engineering a zip code to fit David’s ‘tattoo’ mathematically and then put it in a one sentence clue for people like me to figure out.

Oh and for fun... the quote THE RADIO DRAMA COUNTS DOWN EVERY SIX AND TWO PIERS. The zipcode 10150 is .62 miles from ‘channel 4 book publisher’ (according to mapquest)

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TOMMY SAYS NO

I started off on my trip with only a few ideas about where the orb would be. Nothing concrete or solid. Just a couple of words and a gut feeling. From the tattoo clue I took “If my tattoo is fearless and got IF MY TATTOO IS FOUR LESS. 174517-4=174513. 1745 Broadway 13th floor? The 7 (most common craps number) would be ‘dropped’ in this case. I know others had been to the Villard building before, but I thought I’d try anyway. It would make sense to put a gold orb somewhere nearby where you could keep an eye on it. I saw the 13th floor comment on one of your daily rivulets and it got me thinking even more. So would the 13th floor really be 14? Or am I supposed to climb 10 floors to the 23rd floor? (The Villard building DOES have a 13th floor btw) That’s all I really had. Hardly enough to drive to New York for, but I did it.

After being awake for the first 24 hours straight, things seemed to become clearer, haha. Nothing like a drive through the mountains of Pennsylvania after total exhaustion to get your brain working ;) Makes me wonder what DB went through in the glass box for 44 days. I came up with IF MY TATTOO IS FOUR LESS (174513), CLIMB TEN. SEEK W TO FIND THE ROUTE (ROOT). So I thought perhaps once I got to the 23rd floor I’d see a big ol’ W. Or better yet, a potted plant which had branches that formed a W. I would have to dig in the pot to find the ROOT.

I know, laugh now. It was a stretch. But it was an adventure.

We arrived in New York after driving all day and night from the midwest. We were going to take turns napping, but realized that the one in the passenger seat had to stay up to entertain the one in the driver’s seat. By the time we checked in, we were totally exhausted, but in NY! We couldn’t possibly go to sleep! So we walked from the La Quinta inn near the Empire State Building, through Times Square, up Broadway to 1745, the Villard building. It was a LONG walk.

Outside waiting was a guy named Tommy. We looked inside the building, scared to go in (it was pretty late) and Tommy said, “Go ahead in, take a look around” We looked around a bit, found the Mysterious Stranger book on the shelf behind the glass case and sat down defeated when we realized we couldn’t get past the lobby. My husband thought that maybe Tommy was a plant there to help us. “Ummmm, I don’t think so honey” , I said. There was security there and I wasn’t about to try to sneak in. (intelligent choice, I thought) We watched as some maintenance men worked on some sort of table thing in the center of the lobby. It was all ripped apart because they had to redo the whole lobby. I guess the lights shining on all of the books on the shelves were ruining them, so they had to install fans. Bummer.

Just as we were about to leave, Tommy walks up and says, “So, what are you guys looking for? A book?” He was quite friendly, which surprised me. Being from the midwest, I’d heard horror stories about the rudeness of New Yorkers. I asked him a bit about the building and got a VERY LONG AND DETAILED history which wouldn’t have been very interesting if not for the hunt for the orb.

After a bit, I figured I had nothing to lose and told Tommy what was going on. I told him about Mysterious Stranger and the Treasure Hunt (he knew about the book, as a matter of fact the guy new EVERYTHING about the books there at Villard) I told him we had come from WI to search for an orb hidden by David Blaine, but hadn’t thought to call ahead to see if the building was publicly accessable. (I’ll chalk that up to being a midwestern. Everything is public around here.)

I told him that I thought that perhaps the orb was hidden in a fake stone on the 23rd floor. He seemed surprised and said well that’s where his publisher is. I don’t know what that means, but sounded good to me. Of course, he couldn’t let me up there at that hour, but offered to go upstairs and take a look around to see if it would be worth my return the next day. He was gone for about 15 or 20 minutes and returned with no good news.

Figuring again, that I had nothing to lose I told him my interpretation of the whole clue - IF MY TATTOO IS FOUR LESS (174513), CLIMB TEN. SEEK W TO FIND THE ROUTE (ROOT). He had a couple of ideas. He said that there was a book on one of the “big guys” coffee tables with a big ‘W’ on it, but going into his office would be like sneaking into the White House and taking a book off of the President’s table. He also explained that each floor had two mini flights of stairs so perhaps it was on the 18th? I told him that we had originally thought it would be on the 17th floor. We had given up and were set to leave, defeated.

Tommy then asked for our cell phone number and gave us his. He said if he thought of anything he’d give us a call to come back. He did call the next day and said that he and another employee had looked around a bit more to see if there was anything around for us to come back for, but found nothing. We thanked him, but didn’t go back. I wasn’t about to break any laws and sneak past a security guard in NYC.

So we toured the city on foot. Stopped by Bryant Park to see where Vertigo happened. (The only fake stones there were ones with rat poison in them, in case you were wondering) We had a lot of fun (and looked at the ground alot for stones)

I guess I just wanted to write to you to say thanks for the fun vacation :) Oh, and if some guy named Tommy calls David because he found the orb in the Villard building, you know who really found it ;)

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DOWN UNDER

Were we supposed to make a Leap of Faith like DB did in Vertigo? When we can no longer take it then Jump into the boxes. How many letters are in the final clues and the 41? Dump ‘em into an ordinary box they can’t bear standing out there in the open any more...

I took a leap of Faith and Traveled to a site without even reading the book. I just went off the Tattoo clue and Cliffs picture cartoon clues. Were we not supposed to use those I got kinda confused. I saw info from “The Gold Bug” which was posted on Cliff’s site. There were some really Strong hits there. In my doing so I came up with new info. If one phrase in the 41 was supposed to Jolt something about the First Phase of finding a Clue then lets just say I got there.

So now I have new info that may Pertain to the second part of the puzzle where it seems now we are at an impasse. There may be clues that you can backsolve out of what I know too. Now I see the Imbrolio problem and the info I have fits right into xxx.xxx.xxx which may be the key to Ferreting out the new clues. I can match the Dots, I have seen 6 and 2 piers after dropping the 7th, I know what the Bird in a Window means, I know what the Butterfly means, I know what the Swap to the Right means, I may know where the Arches are. There’s a ton more stuff too. I would rather have the JEP team make a team effort and get there. Would be a pity to let the next clue come out and be real easy after how far you have all come.

My Delusions are not mere delusions, but solutions dilluted in the gyrating hemisphere of thought, they are not a gnarled tooth finger twitching pogo-eyed man wandering frantically aimless through a quiet forest dispersed with trees and wild roaming meadows that no one ever knows.

The solution to delusion is often thought of as solidity, but it’s not, because solidity isn’t free, my delusions are free. But not free like that man, see him walk with his hand brought up to his head and then back down in a straight line with his fingers stretched out like his hand is leading him. He wears a nice suit but he walks with a stuttered step limp mouth moving to a whimpering clinch.

I strain to hear if his words are slurred but it is mid-day with traffic combustion.

I wonder if he knows where he’s going.

Probably somewhere I have never been, but close to it, yet still as far off in an excursion as the most untouched acreage.

Only watching him I found an even more desolate place, frighteningly it was my own mistake as I veer into the mythical lake of pondering.

There I go for a swim came back went again...

Feared lovingly that I would stay, but I can’t stay...

yet I can say, I know that Acreage.

Now if I were a clever Fool I would put a Fake CLue out to make it seem that the Location is not at a Bogus Cartoon spot. Everyone who had figured that out would no longer look there for the answer. Now from what I know of the Fool he is very clever so I can clearly expect this from the Fool and the Orb could be in this Bogus spot. But the Fool is from Australia which is full of criminals so the Fool is used to not being trusted and he knows that I am clever also so I can clearly rule out the spot that was Bogus. But being that he knows I wouldn’t trust him he would put the Orb in the Bogus spot so clearly I should look there. What you ask Am I Finished Yet? Not even Remotely. Knowing that I am smart, the Fool would have forseen this and put the Orb as far from the Bogus spot as possible.

What you ask? Am I trying to get you to give something away? HA! You have given everything away I know exactly where the Orb is.

If my Tattoo is FOURless then 10 find 6 weeks to climb the route.

5 days in a work week no one has tryed that let’s see..

6x5 is 30 days and tattoo=174517 drop 7’s 1451x30

43530 Zip Code for Jewell Ohio Right next to DEFIANCE the most FEARLESS city in the USA and has a city with the same grammatical error as the AYES have it AYERSVILLE Right off of route 66 there is a Place called Florida to the east of Jewell and I saw page 182 that had a display of SEMINOLES on it which the SEMINOLE Indians were forced to leave Florida. You have to look real close but you can see THIS WEEK to the left of the seminoles. OhiO looks like 2 Fearless Eyes too from a distance.

Ok back to my JFK conspiracy theory...

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CHURCH KEY

ANY SINGLES RESOUNDING HERE WILL BE OUSTED

Not Union County, street or even a university.

BANISH THOSE WHICH SEEM THE SAME AND ALL IN BETWEEN

Took forever until I thought like a kid. I now take
this clue to eliminate Essex,Sussex and Middlesex.

BRAGGART BARTENDERS AVOID TANGLED TIN ICE

Titanic? Therefore eliminate Atlantic County.

EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE ADORES THE IMP THE LEAST

Church or cemetery since the imp represents mortality.

FIVE NOMADS FLED AND TUMBLED OAF SO OAF

Ringling Brothers, railroad and even Little Falls has 5 council members.

HER ORGAN PLAYS TO SAINTLY ONES THEIR LAST RITE

A church reference again.

ITS URN THAT IT ADORNED WITH LEAF ENGRAVING SHATTERED

A shattered urn is representative of someone old in a cemetery, but since “It” is the pronoun used it may mean an old church, cemetery or tombstone.

JESTERS AXE JOKES WITH ANY RESEMBLANCE TO CLICHES

I see a reference to Hackensack thus eliminating Bergen County and a reference to Hamlet.

MY FOURTH PHRASE CASTS SHY GLIMPSES NEAR SHADOW

Psalm 23:4 which is where I can also associate the date of 23 April and Passaic is even Lenape for
valley.

NAYSAYERS SHUN AND AGITATE A DROWNED LOATHING

Hudson and Hamlet reference.

OUR COAL CHUTE PROVED THE BETTER SOURCE OF FOOD

A railroad, but whose?

RUBIES INCITE THE FOULEST FEAR IN BLUE BLOODSTONE

Definitely March/Mars and War of the Worlds.

THAT KING OF SPADES MIGHT BE A MAN OF BRIGHT SENSE

King David, David, Psalms and possibly another Hamlet reference as the King of Spades is also known as the gambler’s gravedigger.

TWENTY WHO ARE MUDDLED MUST MOCK THEIR MATE

Reference to the clues by saying that 20/41 are confusion? Also, indicates New Jersey with 21 counties, but only one will be the correct county to search in.

Those are some of my favorites whether my interpretation is incorrect or not. I still lean towards St. George Antiochian Orthodox church (237 Long Hill rd., Little Falls, NJ) as I can derive that
from either the clues or the stand alone “fearless tattoo” clue. In 2005, we’ll know for certain whether it’s been found (I hope).

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ATLANTA TRANSIT

We take Blaine’s tattoo, 174517. We drop the 7’s because of the craps hint.

That leaves us with 1451.

Now, we want 1451 to be FOUR LESS (read: fearless)

Thats 1447.

Again, we drop the 7, leaving us with 144.

Now then, we add ten (climb 10)

Now, we have 154. And we just seach for “Route 154“

And thats a sceneic route in California. I dont know what I did wrong, but my original solve gave me 145... and heres what was so... odd about Route 145.

A simple Google search produces a page for a Atlanta Transit Route: Route 145

Now I know you’re probably skeptical, so here’s the killer — it runs along CLIFton road.

Ok, ok. Route 154 looks promising, too.

“This scenic highway passes cattle ranches, vineyards and orchards, then climbs over San Marcos Pass in the Santa Inez Mountains. From the summit, travelers can see the Pacific Ocean.”

Actually, 154 wouldnt be much travelling, maybe its at the summit of route 154?

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ROCK CITY

IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS THEN CLIMB TEN WEEKS TO FIND THE ROUTE.

First Part: IF MY TATTOO.

Rearrange the spacing to form IFMY TAT TOO. ‘Tat’ is a verb that means to ‘interweave’. It’s a wordplay command that means to combine letters.

‘Also’ is a definition of ‘too’.

IF MY TATTOO = IFMY TAT TOO = IFMY + ALSO = OS FAMILY

It creates an internal riddle. Who is the ‘Os family’?

Answer: The Osbournes

The first answer to our first puzzle is ‘The Osbournes’. How do we know it’s correct? Because the Osbournes have ‘tattoos’.


Second Part: IS FEARLESS THEN

Again, rearrange the spacing:

FE AR LESS THE N

Fe and Ar are related in that they are both chemical abbreviations: Fe = Iron and Ar = Argon

FE AR LESS THE N

= IRON + ARGON - N = IROARGO = I GO ROAR

Another internal riddle: What goes, “Roar” ?

Answer: LION

The answer to the second part of the puzzle and our second clue for our metariddle is LION. How do we know it’s correct? Because a lion ‘is fearless’.


Third Part: CLIMB TEN WEEKS

Rearrange the spacing:   CLIM   BTENWEE   KS

I haven’t used the CLIM which is Roman numeral shorthand for ‘one hundred fifty-one thousand’. I suspect this will function much as in the San Dimas prototype puzzle: one will have to be on-site to understand it. I have a very big suspicion about it, though.

BTENWEE = BETWEEN

A definition for ‘between’ is MIDDLE.

KS is the state abbreviation for KANSAS

So, two components of our meta-riddle come from this single puzzle. Note that MIDDLE and KANSAS do not have a confirmer in ‘climb ten weeks’. However, as it turns out, ‘middle Kansas’ is the confirmer for the whole ball of wax.


Fourth Part: TO FIND THE ROUTE.

‘To find’ means ‘DISCOVER’.

‘Route’ has an anagram: OUTER.
THE ROUTE = THE OUTER _______?

Answer: LIMITS

TO FIND THE ROUTE = DISCOVER + LIMITS = DEC VISITOR SLIM

Who is the December visitor? SANTA

What is a definition of SLIM that will work with ‘Santa’? FEW.

TO FIND THE ROUTE = DISCOVER + LIMITS = DEC VISITOR SLIM = SANTA FEW = SANTA FE W

The last piece of our metariddle is Santa Fe West. How do we know this is correct? Because the Santa Fe trail is a ‘route’

THE OSBOURNES    LION    MIDDLE    KANSAS    SANTA FE WEST   and, a leftover CLIM.

On the surface, these appear to be completely disjointed clues. The second of the great misdirections now takes place, and I fell for this one as well.

We expect these clues to lead to a single location. They don’t. These five clues lead to TWO. Horridly wicked, actually.

I began to use Google to attempt to find any connection between these terms. I hit a brick wall.

Until I pulled up the names of the counties for Kansas.

Approximately halfway down the list, I was mildly surprised to find the existence of a LYON county in eastern Kansas.

No big deal. Probably entirely coincidental.

Then, I scrolled down some more.

There’s an OSBORNE county as well. It’s located in northern Kansas, several hundred miles apart from LYON county.

I became more interested.....

Doing a search for LYON county turned up the SANTA FE trail running east-west through it.

I became a lot more interested.

Doing a search for OSBORNE county turned up a town of OSBORNE inside OSBORNE county.

Town of Osborne. Osborne County. These are THE OSBOURNES.

It turns out that the town of Osborne has a very unique claim to fame: it contains the geodetic center of the United States.

MIDDLE

I nearly had a cow.

The five pieces of the metariddle pinpoint two different locations on a map of Kansas:

The Osbournes & middle pinpoint the intersection of US 24 and US 281. This is the location of the landmark commemorating the geodetic center of the United States just north of the town of Osborne in Osborne County.

‘Lion’ & ‘Santa Fe West’ pinpoint the intersection of the Santa Fe trail, which is now US 56, and the western Lyon county line. No landmark, just the intersection.

Draw a line between these two points on your map and see what it crosses towards the middle.

The location that I found that the line crosses, the thing that has put me on a plane on this Monday night:

ROCK CITY.

It’s a public park just outside Minneapolis, KS, consisting of approximately 200 huge sandstone boulders. What better place to hide a rock in plain view?

Tomorrow morning, I’ll arise and go search amongst these boulders for our hollow rock.

I have no idea if this is correct or not, but it convinced me enough to take a trip.

The Osbournes have tattoos, a lion ‘is fearless’, the Santa Fe trail is a ‘route’ and Rock City is in ‘middle Kansas’.

I’m not certain how I’m supposed to find the prize in a park the size of two football fields, but on my way to the airport, I had an idea that I hope works out:

I think it will be the largest rock in the park. Great big monstrosity of a boulder. This hunt’s version of the giant ‘W’. According to the website, many of the boulders are named.

What name for a boulder would let a hunter know that he has absolutely found the answer? What would you name the largest boulder in the park?

I hope it’s ‘Goliath’.

Because that would imply that there’s a much smaller rock nearby, one that’s hollowed and containing a precious treasure, one that we could call ‘David’.

And, I hope Goliath would weigh approximately 151,000 pounds, or 151,000 tons, or be approximately 151,000 years old--something that would tie in CLIM.

Don’t know.

I’ll definitely let you know one way or the other in the morning if I’ve made a wild goose chase.

Good morning, again, from my hotel room in Salina, Kansas.

Lots of rocks in Rock City, but not the one we’re looking for.

The park IS open year-round, but the gift shop is open only from May to September.

I have great faith in Cliff’s puzzle-creation skills, much more than my puzzle-solving skills, and the fact that the answer didn’t jump out at me pretty much told me I was looking in the wrong place.

Eleven of the boulders are named; none of them really stood out.

Ergo, I’m in the wrong spot.

Time for some critical thinking: What am I doing wrong?

Obvious answer: Climb ten weeks.

I haven’t used CLIM-- I assumed I would understand it when I arrived on-site. Apparently, wrong assumption. I need CLIM to GET to the spot.

I don’t think everything I’ve done is incorrect, but I’m looking at it a bit closer.

Three of the four pieces are self-confirming: The Osbournes have tattoos, a lion is fearless, and the Santa Fe trail is a route.

That leaves a glaring hole for CLIMB TEN WEEKS.

I still think the spacing for the puzzle is correct:

CLIM
BTENWEE
KS

Raw data: ‘Between’ and ‘Kansas’ are correct. My interpretation of ‘between’ might not be.

I’ll be in chat while researching all of this....as well as logged onto this bulletin board.

My time is short....

PS--I LOVE this.

Damn it to the seventh levels of hell!

I’m an idiot.

CLIM = ROMANS = RANSOM

The correct definition for ‘between’ is ‘within’.

The metariddle should be as follows:

THE OSBOURNES
LION
RANSOM
WITHIN KANSAS
SANTA FE WEST

The puzzle isn’t defining two locations, it defines THREE!

1. The Osbournes = town of Osborne in Osborne county
2. Lion + Santa Fe west = intersection of Santa Fe trail, US 56 and the western county line of Lyon county.
3. The town of Ransom, Kansas.

How does one find the middle of a triangle, pray tell?

PS--I’m running out of time, but I think I’m very close to it.

PPS--Having a blast!

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CLIMB TEN

Pure genius to use misdirection in a puzzle for David Blaine. The one clever trick is you only us two words to get the complete answer.

climb ten
climb X
CL = 150
MX = MALCOLM X

His grave # is 150....coincidence? I think not!

This is where it gets REALLY freaky...He’s buried in plot B.

Now I have my SOLID confirmer!

And if that’s not enough to make me “hop on a plane sure,” then consider that his REAL last name is....LITTLE, “a wonderful LITTLE man PERISHES”

Therefore, the orb MUST BE at his grave!

Burial:
Ferncliff Cemetery
Hartsdale
Westchester County
New York, USA
Plot: Pinewood B, Grave 150

Absolutely brilliant work Cliff. Only using two words to CONFUSE us.

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CONDUIT

I sent you my amulet theory on Saturday. Since I have not received a response, I can only assume that you did not get my last e-mail.

I will give you my theory again. I think that the amulet is resting in Eve’s statue hand at S. P. Dinmoor’s “Garden of Eden” in Lucas, Kansas. The place is located just off I-70 and is 1,433 road miles from the Random House office in New York. The location also contains a large Crucifixion scene, a devil, guardian angels, and an all seeing eye. Dinmoor was a real showman. He even arranged to have his dead body displayed in a casket with a glass lid to give visitors an added attraction.

The Garden is closed to the public until March. There seems to be no way to claim the amulet if it is there.

Is the amulet at the Garden? If you can not answer that question, then please tell me who can.

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GOLDEN ARROW

This is a fairly detailed description of how I think the puzzle is put together.

Most of the clues are just anagrammed instructions to eliminate certain words. Once the elimination steps are carried out as outlined by Jep, 18 words remain. Three more are needed. I’m not sure about this part, but here is where I get them:
 
“Thereto, the last two, (my commas) were seated twenty fifth. I just inserted  “to” in the fifth position and “there” in the twentieth.
 
The radio drama clue:
 
Six and two piers is VI (Roman numerals) and ll, yielding Vill.   6 + 2 = 8
Drop (count down) 8 letters from the start and end of the phrase “The radio drama counts down” and you are left with dra. Invert and append, and you wind up with the 21st word:
 
Villard (the publisher)
 
The way to group the 21 words is hinted at by the number puzzles at the end. In this case, 222.332.232 is noteworthy because if you reorder it and list the triads horizontally, you get:
 
232
332
222
 
It’s your basic magic square.
 
The numbers add to 21. If you group the 21 words according to this format, cool things happen (see below).
 
Naturally the other string of nine numbers, 332.333.343, can similarly be reordered to yield:
 
333
343
332
 
This will be used to reorganize the final 27 letters.
 
Here is what you wind up with:
 
HORRIBLE
COSTUME
MURDER
BE
TO
SEVERE
VENOMS
THE
FOULEST  
BIRD
ITS
SUBHUMAN
MONARCH
BETTER
SCORN
CASTS
SHY
THAT
ROUTES
THERE
VILLARD

 
I’m still struggling with it. But as an example of how it works, consider SEVERE VENOMS. This is an anagram of REMOVE SEVENS. Sound familiar? (See Larry King interview; seven is the most common dice throw)
 
Of the nine word groupings, I think there are five instruction sets and four target sets. I wind up with around 27 letters, but my solutions to three of the five instruction sets are hazy. Feel free to help.

Villard is a stretch. But it does provide a V to be eliminated when we REMOVE SEVENS.
 
I found the grouping on the basis of the Interchange numbers after I had already grouped the words, so it wasn’t really mandatory, just a nice confirmer. If I’m right about the other set of numbers, though, it may be more critical later on.
 
I used the term “magic square” loosely. Sorry.

“Horrible” may be a suggestion to rearrange letters. If so, HORRIBLE COSTUME may translate to CUT SOME (eliminate the letters S O M E). I think I might be close.
 
I generate the instructions to delete letters from target words as follows:
 
HORRIBLE COSTUME >>>>> CUT SOME
 
MURDER BE TO >>>>>>>>> CUT BE TO
 
SEVERE VENOMS >>>>>>>  REMOVE SEVENS
 
BETTER SCORN >>>>>>>>  CENSOR BRETT
 
CASTS SHY >>>>>>>>>>   CUT UNFURLS (SHY meaning less)
 
If you apply this to the remaining target words:
 
THE
FOULEST
BIRD
ITS  
SUBHUMAN
MONARCH
THAT
ROUTES
THERE
VILLARD
 
(and there are annoying choices in this regard)
 
And you permit yourself (modest) letter rearrangements, you get something like:
 
I HID IT HU A MO ARCH THAT RUTH RILLAD
 
This suggests the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (MO being the abbreviation for Missouri) and perhaps some connection with Babe Ruth. It obviously needs work, but it is very suggestive.
 
The business about the big W would make sense here, because the arch is a big (upside down) U.
 
By the way, my take on the Larry King clue was straightforward, and therefore almost certainly wrong.
 
“Fear” in German means four.
 
Lose the four.
 
You get 17517.
 
Add 70 (the number of days in 10 weeks).
 
You get 17587.
 
Lose the sevens (the most common dice throw)
 
You get 158.
 
These are the  only 3 single digit integers which transform into themselves when you rotate them 180 degrees. So look for something upside down. Like I said, not very likely.

It also kind of sounds like a reference to the “HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT” so don’t go buy your tickets to St. Louis quite yet.

Another step that seems to move things in the right direction:
 
Consider RUTH RILLAD.
 
This could be an anagram for RID ALL RUTH.
 
This would eliminate the unattractive HU but would also cost us an R and a T.
 
This might point back to St. Louis.
 
One last thought.
 
I think that one of my elimination clues is incorrect.
 
I wind up with one too many letters (28 instead of 27).
 
If I use the number clue 332.333.343 to carry out the instruction:
 
rip off the first third of the code and stick in on the end (thus generating an ALMOST magic square and remove RUTH, I get:
 
A MO ARCH THAT HID IT except that i still owe a T and an R.
 
Maybe if the elimination clue could be corrected it would come out right.
 
A major concern: the park where the Gateway Arch is located is a pretty big place. If I were to look, I’d go right under the middle of the arch.

I think the stone is under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.  
 
Before I lay this out, I’d like to briefly make a plausability argument for my solution. It may very well be completely wrong, but it has three nice features.
 
It is very close to the geographic center of the continental U.S., thus avoiding claims of unfairness about travel times.
 
It is a well known landmark which can be abbreviated with six letters of the alphabet (MO ARCH)
 
It fits with the BIG W hint (it’s a big upside down U).
 
So here goes.
 
String the target phrases together in order (54 characters):
 
THEFOULESTBIRDITSSUBHUMANMONARCHTHATROUTESTHEREVILLARD
 
Now create the letter elimination instructions:
 
HORRIBLE COSTUME >>>>>>> CUT SOME
 
MURDER BE TO >>>>>>>>>>> DEMUR BE ROT (I know it’s ugly)
 
SEVERE VENOMS >>>>>>>>> REMOVE SEVENS
 
BETTER SCORN >>>>>>>>>> CENSOR BRETT (I know)
 
CASTS SHY >>>>>>>>>>>>> UNFURLS (shy means less)
 
The next ugly part is that there is some (not much) wiggle room if there are more of a particular letter than must be removed. In any case, if you eliminate the 27 characters, you can get:
 
THIDITHUAMOARCHTHATUHILLARD
 
Separate the 27 characters into three strings of 8,10, and 9 respectively. These are jumbled versions of the imbroglio numbers.
 
You get: THIDITHU    AMOARCHTHA TUHILLARD
 
As instructed by the magic square maneuver, move the first string to the end.
 
AMOARCHTHA TUHILLARD    THIDITHU  
 
The middle grouping becomes UH ALL DIRT (remove UH)
 
Apply to the subsequent string.
 
 AMOARCHTHA THIDIT
 
Get the spacing right and voila:
 
A MO ARCH THAT HID IT.
 
Like I said, this may all be an enormous hallucination on my part, but the style of solution is consistent throughout the puzzle and the two weird number sets at the end got used.
 
I’ve never been to St. Louis, but I suppose you can go stand under this thing somewhere near its midpoint and look around.

To be honest, I’m not all that confident about my answer. In several instances, I found myself working my way back from the answer I wanted, which is always a very bad sign. But it did kind of come together at the end, and I think it’s worth checking out. Another possibility is that the general vicinity is correct, but that more puzzling is required to pinpoint the orb. Such a solution might reflect CJ’s admiration of the solution to Masquerade.  
 
I’d love to go to St. Louis soon, but I simply have too much going on right now. If I fall in love with the answer this week, maybe I’ll go next weekend.

As I’ve said earlier, the elimination step allows a little bit of latitude if you don’t have to eliminate every one of the “t”s for example.
 
This string, generated after the five elimination steps, is the same as yesterday’s, except I made one different choice of “t”s to eliminate.
 
The string is:
 
HIDITHUAMOARCHTHATUTHILLARD
 
It has 27 letters. This is critical if the imbroglio instruction is to be used.
 
The imbroglio clue is 332.333.343.
 
As is the case with the Interchange string, you determine which shift will give the the “almost” magic square. In this case, you shift the 332 to the end. You get:
 
333
343
332
 
Just do what it says.
 
Divide the string of letters into three shorter strings of 9, 10, and 8 letters respectively.
 
You get:
 
HIDITHUAM OARCHTHATU THILLARD
 
The last string is an anagram for RID ALL TH.
 
There is a TH dyad in each of the other two strings. Eliminate them to yield:
 
HIDIUAM OARCHATU.
 
The imbroglio clue probably permits some shifting within specific letter clusters. Only one is need to wind up with:
 
I HID U, A MO ARCH, AT U. (my commas).
 
Double U !  What a coincidence !
 
This is nothing more than one more potential solution, but I like it better than the one from yesterday.
 
Unfortunately, even if correct, it is just one more riddle.
 
It may mean to go to the Gateway Arch and look for another (? smaller) U to pinpoint the location of the orb. Possibilities include a u-shaped drive (visible in photographs of the site) or a smaller replica of the (enormous) structure.
 
I have dutifully e-mailed this line of thinking to Cliff.
 
You will not be surprised to hear that my phone has not rung yet. It is very likely that either (1) this is still just wrong or (2) that there is more to figure out.
 
I’ve now boiled 110 characters down to 15 that seem to have meaning.  I don’t think it is one last monster anagram. I currently don’t see how to go any further.

It scans a little better if it is rearranged to read:
 
I HID U AT U, A MO ARCH.

Fire up Mapquest.
 
The tattoo seen on the last page of the book is on a
 
BARE LEFT ARM.
 
Delete FEAR.
 
BLETARM.
 
An anagram of Lambert, the international airport in St. Louis.
 
After you get off the plane, if you get into a cab and say “take me to the Arch,” guess which Route brings you right to the parking lot?
 
70.
 
Just going to the park won’t help you though.
 
I’m almost sure there is more to pinning down the location than I’ve described, and it’s a VERY big place.

I am now working with:
 
HORRIBLE COSTUME >>>>>> CUT SOME
MURDER BE TO >>>>>>>>>> TORE DUMBER
SEVERE VENOMS >>>>>>>>> REMOVE SEVENS
SCORN BETTER>>>>>>>>>>  SCORN BETTOR (homonym)
SHY CASTS >>>>>>>>>>>> SHY (remove) HURLS
 
This works much better than before.
 
First of all, the deleted words combine to comprise a separate clue:
 
SOME DUMBER BETTOR HURLS SEVENS (think Nevada).  
 
This is a coherent sentence and thus a fairly decent confirmer.
 
When the letters are removed  
 
you get:
 
THFUTIITAONARCHTHAUTHILLARD
 
Divide up (does not QUITE fit with imbroglio instructions) :
 
THFUTIIT     AONARCHTHAU    THILLARD
 
THILLARD is an anagram of RID ALL TH
 
Do it.
 
FUTIIT  AONARCHAU
 
Rearrange:
 
U FIT IT ON A AU ARCH
 
You fit it on a golden arch.
 
Cupid’s bow.  The tattoo.
 
A Golden Arrow.
 
There is a Golden Arrow in Nevada.
 
It is a ghost town in SW NV, an old gold mining town.
 
I’m not going there, but it might be where the orb is.
 
Maybe somewhere in town there is a great big Golden Arrow pointing down right at a fake rock.
 
It’s amazing how little it takes to convert MO ARCH to AU ARCH and HID to FIT.
 
I’ve already gone on two enjoyable, but nonproductive “field trips.” I would be reluctant to send anybody looking at Golden Arrow unless it is VERY convenient. Remember, the location should be specified EXACTLY.
 
The more time I spend on this puzzle, the more I realize it has very many levels and components. CJ worked  VERY hard on it. Some progress has been made, but I suspect we have quite a way to go.

I can get the last step to work.
 
THFUTIITAONARCHTHAUTHILLARD.
 
Divide strictly according to Imbroglio (9,10,8)
 
THFUTIITA   ONARCHTHAU   THILLARD  (RID ALL TH)
 
FUTIITA   ONARCHAU  
 
U FIT IT A      ON ARCH AU
 
I think one is allowed to simply reorder the words at this point to get:
 
U FIT IT ON A AU ARCH
 
You fit it on a golden arch.
 
Presumably a golden arrow.

This is just for fun, but has some possibilities. It is based on some earlier suggestions about relating letters to numbers using the Periodic Chart.
 
The clue is framed as a conditional statement: if .... then...
 
This relationship is frequently abbreviated as an arrow pointing to the right.
 
So If A then B would be abbreviated A ----> B.
 
Now imagine starting with the numerical tattoo.  
 
Assign numbers to Fe Ar according to their atomic numbers: 26 and 18, respectively.  “Then” could be THE N where N is nitrogen (7).
 
Maybe if you mess arround long enough you could get
 
79 ------> 7 5
 
Replace 79 with AU  
Replace ------> with Arrow
Replace 7 with N
Replace 5 with V
 
and get
 
Golden Arrow, NV.

I’ve been struggling with
 
DUMBER BETTOR HURLS SOME SEVENS.
 
I can do this:
 
BETTER DRUB MO    HURLS SOME SEVENS
 
HURLS S   E  SEVENS
 
V N
 
NV
 
Nevada
 
When I put this together with Golden Arrow, I get Golden Arrow, Nevada.
 
The pictures online reveal a wasteland, but there is this one structure with a long pointy thing pointed at the ground. Maybe it’s there.

   

   

10/28/07

Like an itch never scratched, the DB solve always eluded me. (My idea about the golden arrow designs in the book was never very satisfying.)

I've been preparing in recent days to put this whole experience behind me forever, hopefully very soon, and I've been visiting old haunts on Cliff's website for one last time. So I happened upon Joe Cassavaugh's segment in the Just Blaine Crazy archives and was reminded again about Primo Levi's book.

He had been responsible for feeding SEW SEVER E and ENVY = SW NV to the BB, and also called attention to gold and nitrogen in the listing of Levi's chapters (along with argon, later to be important, and iron).

I thought back to my musings about an alternative approach to the Tattoo clue and then it hit me like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist:

Use Levi's chapter numbers, not the actual atomic weights.

The word "then" still plays it's original role.

We need:

10---------AU

then------Arrow

16---------N

20---------V

But how?

Add up all the letters from the clue and subtract the 4 from "then"- one gets 47, one over 10+16+20 = 46.

Here I have to cheat a bit: lose one eye (i) and we are down to 46.

Divide up 46 into the three magic numbers, 10, 16, and 20, and voila-

something that actually generates the answer: Golden Arrow, Nevada.

A nice feature of this solve — it provides homage to Levi, the inspiration for the tattoo on DB's arm.

Anyway, I'm not sure if this solve is right, but I sure like it better than the first try.

I offer it up as what I sincerely hope will be my very last effort to deal with The Challenge as a puzzle to be solved.

The key is to lose the correct I.

If one drops the I in FIND one is left with:

IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS (20 letters)

THEN (ARROW)

CLIMB TEN WEEKS TO F (16 letters) (now the break is not arbitrary)

ND THE ROUTE (10 letters)

Relate to Levi's chapters to generate:

VANADIUM
ARROW
NITROGEN
GOLD

or

V
ARROW
N
AU (GOLD)

rearrange to obtain:

Golden Arrow, Nevada

This works much better than before.

At the risk of being repetitive, it is also quite beautiful.

FINIS

10/28/07

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TATTOO MAP

I am writing to tell you that I believe I have solved the puzzle.. The tattoo map used a pointer on the rose text.. It indicated to ring the number on the Stone in the ‘orb’ beneath the eye.. and it was in your hand all along..

It’s brilliant. I dont want to be too specific... But I’m hoping you know what I mean.. anyway.. the upshot is that I cant get through to the number..It may be that I’m calling from the UK.. and I’m trying the USA code. Please.. If my solution is correct, is it possible to confirm I am right? I will send more If you need it.... If i’m wrong, well... that’s up to you.. I’ll send you a possible Blaine Crazy.. I’m confident it’ll be the best one there.

Here’s how it works..

IF MY TATTOO IS FEARLESS THEN CLIMB TEN WEEKS TO FIND THE ROUTE

translates to..

IF MY TATTOO IS F.A.LSE (remove S.E.R) THEN SEE (c) LIMB (on page) 10 (ten) 7 (weeks) TO FIND THE .TRUE (remove O) take the removed letters and you get ROSE.

Look at page 107 and you find a picture of David with a false tattoo on his limb. on the opposing page you get the following quote..

‘I thought that the appearance of the word ‘ROSE at that precise moment was too fortunate to be a coincidence

lets leave that for a moment

  

By turning the picture of DB on it’s side you get this...It quite clearly says MAP and has a pointer on his forearm..

By lining up this pointer with every ROSE coloured piece of text you get the following words

pg 18 take a stiff DOLLAR BILL

30 THREE
60 HUNDRED
70 SO
110 KEEP
111 READING
112 THE
124 NUMBER* (this is unsure as it didn’t line up properly)
126 COINS* (slightly unsure)
127 AND
128 RING

Looking on a Dollar bill you have one one side... the treasury seal... I took this to be the GOLD orb as it represents gold in the treasury (image of this)
Directly on the other side, you have a pyramid.. with an eye above. I took this to be the HOLLOW STONE as a pyramid is hollow and made of stone So the GOLD ORB IS WITHIN THE HOLLOW STONE... the EYES have it.

there is what I took to be a confirmer on pg 59... On the marlon Brando pic, the crate has the same symbol as the pyramid/eye... both Images have numbers (dates) reading 1789 on the treasury and 1776 on the pyramid..in roman numerals.

I took this (17891776) to be the phone number to call or (17761789) I tried variations of this, and tried to include the THREE HUNDRED from the ROSE words

However... I get a ‘number not recognised’ answer..

Anyway.... If this isn’t the solution.. It should have been because I think its fantastic that the phone number would have been in everyone’s pockets all along..

I still can’t believe it’s not right.. especially after typing it out... I haven’t ‘forced’ any of it...

I now think that I AM right after all...

The imbroglio numbers (the sets of 3 added together) confirm that I have the right numbers... I just cant seem get them in the right order.... But I have the Map and the Treasure, so surely I have won, havent I? Surely... Oh Please... I think it may be because I’m calling from the UK or it’s to do with the “Drop seven” clue... Which one though?? There’s 3 of them.

I’m starting to embarrass myself, but I can’t let this go till I know I’m wrong for sure..

I’m not looking in the book anymore, that was just for confirmation. I’m looking at a dollar bill.

My interpretation of the Hollow stone is the pyramid, and the Orb is either the treasury stamp, or the great seal.. or one of the other circular images on the dollar.. But the Treasury stamp has a number on itI’ve run out of ideas regarding the phone number.. I’ve tried everything including typing in the roman numerals as letters on the keypad

I tried putting an Olive on the end.. or at least a ‘0’

I got through to an answering machine and left my name and cell phone number...

I dont know if it was right.. I tried 3178917760 didn’t sound much like David..

You must be laughing your head off if I’m wrong...

Why does everything you say on your website look like you’re giving me a clue??? Take a number? The tenth number is 0? Just please... shut me up and tell me I’m wrong if I’m wrong... that’s all I ask.. I get the clue... 3 1789 1776 0 ....... the ‘ring’ being ‘O’ ? olive? or the other way.. ie 3 1776 1789 0

But both ways don’t work...... either I’m doing something completely wrong or my phone exchange is screwey..or something By the way.. how can it be Blaine’s cell phone number.. I’m sure he didn’t
take it into the glass box with him did he? It would have been a bit of a disaster if someone called during those 44 days..

Ps.. I am sorry for pestering you.. I truly am.. I am a puzzle maker too and I know what I’ts like to be pestered. (although I actually like it, but I guess I’m not working on the same scale you are)

All I really want is a “‘no you’re completely wrong” so I can get back on with my puzzle instead of thinking about whether there’s a chance I could be on the right track with this one. I presume, that, if it’s in Blaine Crazy.. it’s wrong.

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BRIBE OF FRANKENSTEIN

I believe after pondering over this book, the 41 clues (+1 on the Larry King Show), the various false leads covered by other emailers to you, and even various MENSA-ite newsgroups, I believe i have come up with the solution after approximately 4 hours of thinking, and I didn’t even purchase the book yet.

First a bit of a review. 1 year has passed since the book made its debut upon international book shelves, and in all those 365+ days, the real item has yet to be found, despite many searches by many people. Also, with the 41 clues leading to 21 words to find the orb, I realised that a lot of paring down would need to be done. The easiest way to pare down as much as possible? Why, go straight to the answer.

And therein lies my success!

You see, while a measured IQ of 130 plus is fine for crosswords, this entire puzzle had me at a semi loss. And I know it took a practical White House staff to help you work out the kinks, so I came upon a solution that not only will gain me a golden orb and a phone number, and you could gain a reward for all your hard work.

Since you know all the clues, you must know the answer. And knowledge is power, but only if that knowledge can be put to use! As of today, your knowledge has done nothing but put more strain and work upon your shoulders, and most likely added a wee bit of a hassle to your life.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” — John 8:32 :: King James Version

Simply put, tell me the answer.

Now, this may seem a little one sided at the beginning, but an explanation is necessary. Simply give me a steady walkthrough of how to solve the clues, and the final answer. I will then easily be able to travel at my expense to the location and make the phone call. And here is the best part, of the $100,000, half is yours! You heard me right. Call it “creative reimbursement” or a “consulting fee” , but right off the top, $50,000 will be yours over a period of time.

After cashing the funds, a few press junkets, and maybe even promoting your website and upcoming games as “items that got me into the art of solving enigmas in the first place,” you will be able to receive 1000 payments of $50 in the form of international money order. By purchasing them at different locations, and with the money amounts kept small, you will be able to stay below the radar as it were.

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” — Albert Einstein

Now, obviously, if you wish to go through on this little plan, it must be kept on the down low. Any emails must be done through fake accounts after this one, using fake names, perhaps even anagrams or something like that. I would even suggest using internet cafe computers to be sure.

“Trust, but look for the exits.” — Mason Cooley

All messages are permanently deleted afterwards, and no information such as names or the like is to be transcribed on any writen or electronic document. To ensure that I will be loyal to you in this pact, I am willing to offer a fail safe in our deal. If at any time, you feel I am not, or will not, meet the standards set forth of this deal, you may choose to present this email to the police or proper authorities and turn me in.

But I don’t think it shall come to that.

“What men call friendship is no more than a partnership, a mutual care of interests, an exchange of favors—in a word, it is a sort of traffic, in which self-love ever proposes to be the gainer.” — François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld

So, think it over, and respond to this email no matter you answer. Who knows, by this time next week, the golden orb could be in my hand, and $50,000 could be in your wallet.

“It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.” — Aeschylus

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