So here is my (partial) solution to code of codes. I have been operating under the assumption that it would be much more clever if the authors clued us to locations that weren't near the treasure, but rather those locations together point us to the treasure. This would prevent somebody from solving the last clue, running to that spot, and claiming the treasure while doing virtually no work.
So, How can the trace of the of each location lead us to another location? Well, the trace has to draw something. I also believe that something must relate to a "Crow's Nest" in some way (should have been listening to Mulligan, and that is all he talks about). At first I thought we could be drawing the Maddie Hayes. However, there is this clue:
"Bear's Brown Cola - It's Tops" => "Crows Nest Is Port Balboa"
How can the Crow's Nest be in Balboa Port? Port Balboa is in the Panama Canal, which is nowhere near NYC. However, the Panama Canal is a gateway to.... The Caribbean. Pirates in the Caribbean, no way! So, a logical way to create the treasure maps is:
1. trace the path of the puppets across NYC
2. align that path with the islands of The Caribbean
3. mark Port Balboa (the Crow's Nest)
4. transfer the mark to map of NYC to get gold location
I did this back in December with partial paths through episode 5. It seemed to work. However, I had hoped to find additional clues in the last 3 episodes that would confirm some of this. I don't think I've found a single solid clue in those three episodes, and I don't think anyone else has either (from what I've read here). Anyway, here are my maps. I did refine some of these paths, but I haven't updated the diagrams since Dec.
Maps of paths, in yellow, thru ep 5 (some paths are missing, I got tired of drawing these after a while):
The treasure's location:
This basically puts the treasure on Rockaway Beach somewhere. Although, even if this is the correct way to find the treasure, there is a certain amount of error built into that location. Some parts of these paths I later refined, and there are a few decent ways to align them. Rockaway Beach, Breezy Point, Marine Park, Floyd Bennett Field, Jamaica Bay Refuge, etc. are probably all candidates. I was hoping ep 6,7,8 would improve the accuracy. I wish I would have spent more time on Rockaway Beach rather than working on this
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:54 am