Mr. Fenn said, "... if you are gonna to find the treasure, you're gonna have to solve the riddle in my poem." We have already addressed the riddle to find the first clue. Now if is time to solve the riddle that solves the third clue, "Put in below the home of Brown."
Mr. Fenn confirmed The Little Girl from India can't solve the third clue because all she has to work with is the poem and a map of the US Rocky Mountains. Certainly a blow to poem purists, but many have speculated that they need to be "boots on the ground" after clue 2 especially when they quote this about the third clue, "There are many people who have deciphered the first two clues, I don't think they knew it, because they walked right on by the treasure chest."
Well that is possible since he confirmed that we need to solve at least the last clue on site, however, knowing Fenn like I do, there is a riddle to solve and also clues to actually solve. So what can it be? I speculate that Mr. Fenn's interactivity with this treasure hunt, begs of in your face hints. Everything is purposeful. I mean why create a treasure hunt in the first place if are not willing to provide vague hints and have fun watching us see them go right over our head?
What if the word "walk" as in "walked right past it was the actual hint to solving the third clue? I have stated previously that the previous clue is a strong hint and requirement for contiguous for solving the next clue, thus to solve clue 3 we need to look at clue 2, where it mentions "walk." This is also the riddle we need to solve, what is not far but too far to walk? It is a riddle because the answer by itself is too vague and depends on many things including geography age, and level of fitness. So if we simply solve the clue riddle, we do not have to worry about distance. I have said that the distance could be a 26.125 miles, the length of a marathon, since those are run not walked, but I believe there is a much better complimentary answer and that answer is 90 feet. I have also said the answer is your shadow since if is not far but you can walk all day and not get any closer, but that comes in latter.
That is correct 90 feet is the distance from home plate to first base. It is not far but when you receive a walk you have to run or jog down to first, it is un-sportsman-like to literally walk a walk. Lets test this with my poem contiguous theme. The third clue is "home of Brown" and home is the part of the answer linking clue 2 to clue 3 because a walk is from home plate to first base. Secondly the the words "down" meaning "out" and "take it" as in take a pitch which leads to a walk are baseball terms. Forrest Fenn has mentioned baseball many times. Not many know he went to college for two years, but he didn't do any school work, he played sports only. He loves sports so why not include a sport theme in solving the poem?
In scrapbook 142, Forrest says "Whitey Ford won 236 games pitching for the NY Yankees. I once asked what made him better than most other baseball pitchers. He said, “I could always throw a strike when I needed one.” What a great response!" He actually answers the riddle in this statement, throw a strike when needed, or you give up a walk. It is that simple.
One final connection to the memoir, he said his brother Skippy died in 90 feet of water while scuba diving. Many have wondered why he mentioned that and now you know, it is likely the answer to clue 3. There is another signifiant meaning to 90 feet relating to clue 9, that will be revealed later. Now we just have to find who is on first? See what I did there? The answer is Brown when we connect Important Literature ...
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