We are told that the poem contains nine clues. But, which nine clues? That is the $64,000 question…
There are many possibilities for the 9 Clues, let’s take a look at some of the more likely candidates:
From Start to Finish (Begin to Cease/End)
So, tell me… Which clues exactly are the 9 Clues?
Each Clue is a Sentence:
There are nine sentences in the poem - and nine clues. Coincidence??? It would make perfect sense if each sentence is a clue. And, this would go a long way in explaining the poem’s rather odd punctuation. Like that semi-colon for instance. Not to mention all those commas serving no purpose but to lower the sentence-count.
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
Starting from the top of the poem version of the 9 Clues:
If the first option isn’t correct, then it’s a mighty big coincidence that there just so happen to be 9 distinct clues between Begin and Cease.
But, not just that, all nine of those clues are in the paragraphs where the author is telling ‘you’ to do something. All the paragraphs that talk about what the author did in the past are clues that help you know what to do in the present.
It fits just a bit too nicely to be wrong. So, until we hear a better option, we’re going to focus on variations of the first (not excluding anything, of course).
The ‘Begin at WWWH’ interpretation of Fenn’s clues:
The first stanza might be rather important version:
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & 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|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and 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 & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|