Fandango and the Corner Stars
Knowing Fandango’s $10,000 dollar treasure is hidden somewhere on Mount Desert Island does not narrow the search down near enough to allow the Golden Key to be discovered. However, it is believed the star-like symbols in the corners of each image of the treasure hunt book may help with this. Exactly how they are used is still questioned, though.
Puzzlers have determined letters can be given from the frames of the book’s images by using the colored rays of the corner stars. Using letters, which are identified by drawing lines from two same colored points (rays) on different stars, has produced interesting results. For instance, letters are given by lines drawn from two Blue star rays on images 2,3,5,9,12,14, and 15, which spell the word NUMBERS. This is clearly intentional.
Other ‘almost’ words or ‘mixed up words’ are given from other colored star ray points. These are as follows:
Pink rays give OPE
Red rays give RIDLDE
Yellow rays give TREUSRE
Orange rays give HIDFEN
Notice the first letter of each blue, pink, red, yellow, and orange star rays spell NORTH (or THORN).
The suggested words from these rays seem to be, OPE(N), RIDDLE, TRE(A)SURE, HID(D)EN. Some puzzlers have thought POE could be the intention for the pink rays because of his connection to codes. Poe wrote a few different stories which involved hidden treasures. However, if POE is used, then NORTH is lost, and this seems like a confirmer.
Reading the suggested words in order of NORTH as a sentence gives, ‘numbers open riddle, treasure hidden’. Or by THORN reads ‘treasure hidden, open riddle, numbers.’ Neither sounds much like the secret ‘Master Riddle’ needed to be found in order to solve the puzzle.
It is interesting to note the letters which are possibly missing; the N (if open) and the A (if treasure), added with the one out of order; the D in riddle, and the wrong letter F (if hidden), are letters in the title of the book: FAND/ANGO. Can other letters, ANGO, be found? Could this possibly hint towards finding ‘half’ or something?
Because there are sixteen images, and 4×4 numbers squares are included within the puzzle book, I had numbered the images 1-16 and placed the letters found from the stars accordingly. For example, in image one (page 5), two orange star rays point to the letter H. Also on this page, two red rays point to the letter R. I placed these two letters in ‘square 1 of a 4×4 grid.’ I then filled the rest of a 4×4 grid in with the other letters pinpointed by two same colored star rays.
I still need to work on this possibility. There are lots of ways the number squares and these ‘star’ letters could be applied. Like the letters in the 4×4 grid of page, I tried to re-order them using the number squares, like what was done with the letters, MASQUERADE, on page 11 (image3). Was this a hint towards doing something like this? Ultimately, it would end of being a supported anagram. I find it interesting that there are 16 images and 16 spots in the 4×4 grids. Although I haven’t discovered anything by using the squares to re-order the images, that doesn’t mean I don’t keep trying. Lol. They could even offer some kind of color or number code. I suppose I shall go see what any single rays may have to offer.