Wild Goose Chases Thought it would be fun for those of us who went on wild goose chases to share our wild thought patterns (I'm sure I'm not the only one who tried to make it much more difficult than it was!).
When Jim said the *key* was spaces and punctuation, I thought for sure this was a hint that the numbers he rattled off had something to do with Morse Code (the numbers corresponded to the various clues, spaces within clues could be the dashes, I reasoned...). So maybe television was actually T.V., which would mean two dots, Peter Pan had a space so it would be a dash (you get the idea). How's that for zany?
After about 20 minutes on this I figured out it couldn't be the solve (what could G be?). So I talked to hubby about it and he figured out the way to get the letters, I then figured out it was a phone number -- too late!
Anyone else want to share?
Tue Oct 29, 2002 9:01 am
Now that I've had time to cool off a bit, in retrospect, last night was kind of funny.
My mind was dead set on us having to provide the exact location of the missing money... a physical location.
Ok, so there I am at exactly 9:00 p.m. with paper and pen ready to take down that clue. Good thing I was recording it because Derek was talking so darn fast at first I thought it was some undiscovered language he was using and that would be the Ultimate Solve.
Anyways, after rewinding and playing the tape three times to actually get the clue, I rush back to the computer and try to make sense of it -- now remember, I'm sitting there trying to make a word or words out of all the clues that would conclude where the money was, but try as I might I couldn't do it, and by the time I realized which end was up it was too late.
I found myself doing a damn good impression of Silas: "That damn monkey boy! Monkey, monkey, monkey boy!"
Yep. Real funny.
Tue Oct 29, 2002 9:50 am
what was the phone number? How did you figure out the phone number and what was it?
Tue Oct 29, 2002 11:44 am
Hey Timmy D - check out the "final clue answer" thread. A couple posters have given details on how the phone number was determined.
I figured it out because I knew we needed a way to contact the show, and when I counted the letters (after changing "eye" to "i") it was the right amount for a phone #.
Tue Oct 29, 2002 11:59 am
Joined: 25 Sep 2002 Posts: 31 Location: Iowa
I was all set to go UNTIL my 2 year old started pitching a hissy and his father was nowhere to be seen(naturally), so the only time I left the room to run the child out of my hair and to the living room the darn thing played! Fortunatly I was taping it but I never realized I missed it until I was into the second quarter of the game and still no clue, so I rewound and BINGO.
I was sooo torked that I spent all this time playing the game and watching everything so closely that I missed exactly what I was waiting for the past 2 months for
Ahh such is life... Cant wait to lay the "You cost me a million dollars when you were 2" guilt trip on the boy when he's 16 and looking for a few dollars
Tue Oct 29, 2002 1:04 pm
Joined: 30 Sep 2002 Posts: 112 Location: wild, wonderful WV
I thought I knew it was going to be a phone number but when I heard Derek rattling off all those numbers I lost sight of what I was doing. So, the first time I listen to it I hear 5th place - 1st, 2nd - 1st, 4th - 7th etc. Like he's telling us to rearrange the whole clue word (take the 5th clue and move it to the first position and so on and so on) After I do all that, I start writing them down in the order I thought he gave and the first two came up "Morse Code Underwear" so I was thinking they were telling me to read the "morse code, under where..." and I got so excited that I thought I was on the right track, but when I figured out it was way off, it was too late. After I calmed my butt down and listened to it again... a couple times... I figured it out, but knew deep down that I'd wasted waaaaaaaay too much time. ack.
OK, so my first time out at this ARG stuff. Fun and frustrating. A little disappointing in the end considering all the time spent analyzing every little word, number, letter, etc when, really, you didn't even have to watch the flipping show to win the mil. Oh well. I got to use my brain. A little better than, say, Blue's Clues I think.
Tue Oct 29, 2002 10:20 pm
Joined: 29 Oct 2002 Posts: 2
That is hilarious ... because initially I was heading that way, too.
Until I saw something like Orange Peter Pan Underwear and then I thought You got to be kidding me and tried finding a word within all the words and then that didn't make a bit of sense, and then finally EUREKA but I knew it was way too late. Heck, after the initial screw up I knew I had blown it!
Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted
Wed Oct 30, 2002 7:09 am
Joined: 01 Oct 2002 Posts: 3
Re: Wild Goose Chase.... You guys are BRAVE to come out and tell us so soon about how you got off on the wrong track. I am a newbie at all this and I felt so dumb afterward that I haven't even read any of the posts until today. I was so embarrassed that I didn't want to be reminded by all you Wizzes here! I was first on the track of the other poster with Morse Code, Underwear, G., and then I came up with Orange and Five. I thought that if I left out the C in Code, I would have MUG OF.... Of course, we had that silly MUG thing early on so I worked on that waaay too long. This was my first try at one of these games and I loved it as the show was going along. I actually do have a decent IQ and am a mother of a house full of children (and a husband who is as demanding as all of the kids put together!). They went through withdrawals throughout the show and complained as if they hated the show taking me away from them. I have to admit...it did. After years of being "just a mother", I was getting to use my rotting old brain again! I loved it! I actually looked forward to Thurs. night TV (I am not much of a TV person). In all actuality, I really knew that there was no way for me to win this game with all you brilliant ARG people out there. At my age, my brain is more than rusty to say the least. I would have had a better chance at winning "Surviver"! There was still a little spark of "what if I
could do it?". So, after I saw that it was just a phone number way, way, too late, I felt retarded!
Did any of you (who didn't guess the clue soon enough) look at it later and wonder "how could I be so dumb when it was rediculously easy?!"? I was told years ago that when someone's mind is working at a high level for a test, they tend to miss the easiest questions as the mind has a hard time alternating between high level thinking and low level thinking. Obviosly, this was written for the average IQ person and we were thinking at too high a level for it.
I want to say "thank you" to all of you here and at some of the other forums. You became a part of my life and I learned so much from you. I was so hoping that it would be one of you who won it. BTW, does anyone know who WAS the winner yet? If it wasn't any of the posters who have endeared themselves to me THIS time, I pray that one of you will get it next time.
Wed Oct 30, 2002 10:17 am
A Human Being
If you take the first letters of all the clues and add 3 more letters - JAP (as in James A. Prufrock) an anagram spells "LEFT W JOB GAS PUMP". Since the show started and ended at Job's (Mary left the Bible there, right?) I was sure that the final clue was going to be the initials J.A.P. I thought they'd use the IRS number they'd already given us repeatedly.
Personally I think this is more clever than their phone number since it actually answers the "where's the money" question.
Wed Oct 30, 2002 12:38 pm
Joined: 29 Oct 2002 Posts: 2
Yes, after I realized it was a phone number I wanted to hit myself ... with a brick or s'thing.
My mistake was being narrow-minded, because I had convinced myself that we needed to name the location of the money, and I let my guard down.
I had thought that we would use Jim's number because of the password opening up -what a day before? And even after screwing around with those letters after the final clue was given I still didn't want to let go of the location idea. Yep, I'm a bit tenacious at times.
Wed Oct 30, 2002 6:25 pm
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