Fandango: The Key to the Wind
Hidden somewhere on Mount Desert Island, Maine, a treasure worth over $10,000 waits to be rewarded to a person who solves the master riddle of Fandango. The treasure hunt was first introduced to the public on June 29th, 2007. After more than eight years, no one is known to have solved the riddle and found the lost key involved in the hunt.
The puzzle will continue to be active until someone has located this elusive prize or until the ‘end date’ of November 26th, 2020. The prize, valued at over $10,000 dollars, will either go to the winner of the puzzle (the person who solves the master riddle and recovers the key) or will be given to charity if the key is not found before the end date.
Fandango is an armchair treasure hunt. These are puzzles which usually take form of a book and contain hidden clues to a treasure. The clues need solved in order to discover the location of the item hidden by the creators of the puzzle. Because much of the clue solving can be completed in one’s own home, these hunts are called armchair treasure hunts. They are a great way to challenge and expand one’s way of thinking. Instead of doing a newspaper’s crossword or cryptogram to exercise the mind, a person could decide to spend time trying to solve an armchair treasure hunt. If a person is the first to completely solve the puzzle of the hunt, like the one in Fandango, a financial reward could be gained.
The Fandango treasure hunt book involves a story of a clever fox (Fandango) who needs to deliver a Golden Key to the Goddess of the Wind. The Sea King, Neptune, has fallen in love with the wind and gave the Golden Key to the fox to give to her as a token of his love. However, Fandango lost the Key somewhere on Mount Desert Island before delivering it to the wind. By solving clues, said to be both visual and verbal, a reader of Fandango can discover where the Key was lost and claim the prize himself.
It is known that both the story and images in the book contain hints for the locating of the Golden Key. In a radio interview with Mr. Stockwell (author of the puzzle), different components supposedly feed into a master riddle. By themselves, they do not reveal the location, but together they are said to lead to the solution.
Although what these components are, or exactly how they would feed into forming the master riddle, is not certain. There have been various small puzzles found, and solved within the pages of Fandango. One such example is an image of a license plate on page 44 of the book. The numbers on the plate are 131491. Correlating these numbers to the alphabet reveal ACADIA. (A is the first letter of the alphabet, C is the third, and so forth, for ACADIA=131491). Whether or not this is a component to the riddle, or just included as a fun puzzle of the book, is not known at this point. Finding, and solving these small codes, does help encourage a person to continue in their quest for the missing Key.
Through a website, FollowTheFox, the book Fandango can be ordered for $22.50. Official rules are contained in the back of the book or listed on the site. A puzzler is informed he does not need to go to Mount Desert Island in order to solve the riddle of the hunt. However, a puzzler does need to go to the Island in order to obtain the Key. An actual physical ‘key’ is hidden, along with instructions on how to retrieve the $10,000 dollar prize.
The book contains 58 pages of written text and images. Within these pages are multiple places for hidden clues, hints, and codes to be noticed. If taking up the challenge, enjoy!
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