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Intentional Misdirection

Let's think about intentional misdirection. The December painting is one that stands out to me as having a lot of misdirection/red herrings in it.


The flower on the right side of that painting looks like a pretty standard daffodil. The daffodil is the birth flower for March. The clock has a second hand pointing to the 3 and conceals a blue-ish-green-ish gem (is it an aquamarine?). One could -- please don't -- make a reasonable argument that this is the March painting.


Another name for daffodil is narcissus. The narcissus is the birth flower for December. The clock has hour/minute hands pointing to the 12, and that blue-ish-green-ish gem (is it a turquoise?). Just as reasonable to say this is the December painting.


They used the fact that the March and December birth flowers are the same to make it less obvious, to intentionally misdirect our efforts to solve the puzzle. Not to mention the flower on the actual March painting looks absolutely nothing like what you would expect a daffodil to look like.


How do you figure out which is which? You have to bring in the immigration group, i.e. using the Litany of the Jewels. On page 21 we're told that "The Nymphs of Hellas cherish sweet Aquamarine". Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. One of the other paintings is overtly Greek. It becomes a process of elimination.


I've seen hundreds of attempts to prescribe value to that second hand pointing to the 3. Maybe it's just a red herring?


The takeaway here is: what other unidentified misdirection - in this painting, or any of the others - is getting in the way of us solving these puzzles?

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Kristi Wheeler
Kristi Wheeler
Jul 01, 2021

Using the second hand at 3/15, 315. And a kids encryption look up, 315 is France, French. It's a code dictionary that has a direct relationship to the immigration group. It might simply be a reference to the immigration group.

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forest.blight
forest.blight
Apr 03, 2021

The L+bell in image 4 is a clear attempt at misdirection without being a complete red herring.

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woodford
woodford
Apr 03, 2021
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that's a great point! i think that's such a big part of what makes these puzzles so challenging. perhaps I was erring on the side of hyperbole 😅

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Fenix
Fenix
Apr 02, 2021

I believe misdirection is deeply rooted in these puzzles. I have San Francisco on my mind. Golden Gate Park, Lincoln, and others seem to be misdirection here. The obvious answer appears to be the wrong answer with the correct answer being a bit deeper but applicable to the SF puzzle's theme.


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woodford
woodford
Apr 03, 2021
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100% agree. We've all been wading in the obvious answers for years, but struggling to get past that. I think recent interpretations are going to bring us much closer to solving the puzzle.

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