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Are the 9 Clues the ones between Begin and Cease?

It’s interesting how there are, what appear to be, exactly 9 clues between the words ‘begin’ and ‘cease’.


  1. BEGIN it where warm waters halt
  2. And take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk
  3. Put in below the home of Brown
  4. From there it’s no place for the meek
  5. The end is ever drawing nigh
  6. There’ll be no paddle up your creek
  7. Just heavy loads and water high.
  8. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze
  9. Look quickly down your quest to CEASE

But, do these 9 clues represent THE 9 clues?


Of course, we won’t know for sure until someone actually finds the treasure, but it seems to be at the very least plausible.  


Or, another possibility...  If the treasure’s puzzle is multi-faceted, for instance, if it first describes a journey to a starting-point, and then the very same poem / clues describe your journey from that starting-point to the treasure, there’s the possibility that there are three different sets of clues:


  1. The entire poem, from beginning to end
  2. The poem from BEGIN to CEASE
  3. The poem from BEGIN to END

Alternately, there could be 9 clues between BEGIN and END:


  1. BEGIN it where warm waters halt and
  2. take it in the canyon
  3. down,
  4. not far, but
  5. too far to walk.
  6. Put in
  7. below
  8. the home of Brown.
  9. From there it’s no place for the meek, THE END


Like always with this bloody poem, wherever you look, things seem to fit beautifully.  But, you know with absolute certainty that every possibility but one is completely and utterly wrong.  All these beautiful solutions that fit so well, are just plain wrong.  


Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Forrest has seemed to imply that ‘Begin it’ is actually where you begin your journey.  That it’s the first clue.


But, then, what does that make of the First Stanza?

Possible Interpretations:

The 9 clues might be the present-tense parts of the poem only (or the past-tense parts only).  


Or the one’s referring to ‘you’ only.  


The ones referring to ‘I’ only.  


Et cetera...

Other Ideas...:

Questionable.  The poem either encodes the location of the treasure (with 9 clues pointing to that location) - or it’s more like a road-map that describes your journey to the treasure using 9 clues.


If there are multiple sets of 9 clues, then the BEGIN ---> CEASE hypothesis holds water.  But, if not…  So, we’re going to go with questionable for now.

The Verdict: