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’.
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:
Alternately, there could be 9 clues between BEGIN and 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?
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.
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.
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New and Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In the Canyon Down|
|Not Far But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place for the Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Done it Tired and Now I'm Weak|
|Hear Me All & Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin and Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|
|Native Indian Place-Names|