Featured Question with Forrest Fenn and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Anagramming

forrest fenn treasure huntForrest, many people entertain themselves by anagramming words, would you consider this just tomfoolery?

Thanks for everything Forrest…..loco


If someone is entertained by anagramming words I will not say it is tomfoolery.f



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101 Responses

  1. Chesney says:

    Thank You Mr. Fenn, Ms. Kile, and Loco! Have a Safe and Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

  2. JL says:

    So there are no anagrams that are useful in the poem? Purely entertainment value, like the blogs? Why can’t he just spit it out and say what he means?

    • BW says:

      You just have to believe.

      Happy Mother’s Day to all!๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘œ๐ŸŒน

    • nmc says:

      He wasn’t asked if they were useful for solving the poem.

      • JL says:

        Is this not a treasure hunting blog where the questions and answers are created expressly for treasure hunting?

        • locolobo says:

          That is just so perceptive of you, JL. Maybe he’s saying that if anagramming is just for entertainment, then it is not tomfoolery?? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 49 dollers says:

          Well Jl you would think so, but how would this apply to the poem? He has said we don’t know our definitions, the meaning of words, well I know an anagram is when you transpose letters , the first cipher was a simple anagram, a transposition cipher, so unless Forrest is the one who doesn’t know his definitions. I think the answer is clear an anagram is a cipher, oh yea don’t mess with my poem.

  3. Fenngshui says:

    Begin “IT” where….. I will not say “IT” is Tomfoolery.

  4. locolobo says:

    WOW, I say WOOW!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks f, and J!!!!

  5. Chesney says:

    Does anyone remember the audio or video, where Mr. Fenn states that “you won’t have to disturb anything”? If you could help, I would appreciate it greatly.

    • locolobo says:

      Chesney, HE didn’t say it, he was reported as having said it. Your call as whether to believe.


      April 28, 2015@ 2:51 —- reporter said: โ€œAnd he did say, you wonโ€™t have to โ€ฆ if you think you know where it is, you donโ€™t have to dig around, you donโ€™t have to disturb anythingโ€โ€ฆ..

      • Chesney says:

        Thank You locolobo… I appreciate that and will check it out.

      • JC1117 says:

        Thanks for the clarification, Loco…and the question (?)

        Because I’ve been looking for Forrest’s Treasure for several years…and I’ve been disturbed the whole time. LOL!

        In all honestly, though…I was disturbed long before that so I can’t blame it on Him. ๐Ÿ™‚

        And what a coincidence! A discussion about Anagramming on Mother’s Day.

        Happy Mother’s Day, Gramma Gina! Love You.

        Thanks, Forrest and Jenny and Loco.

      • astree says:

        Love that picture of the footlocker they keep showing to represent the treasure chest.

        I’ll repost the link, putting a caret at the www, the keep from breaking the link.


        Would be great if we could hear the actual words, instead of a reporter’s possibly slightly twisted version.

  6. Iceman says:

    I have only one reply … “logology”! It’s a very deep subject. Bet you had fun with that one. Thanks f.

    • Iceman says:

      For entertainment purposes only, google “anagram”. See what I mean?

    • Iceman says:

      Wait there’s more. The anagram of “words” is “sword”. It’s a reminder to bring a knife and axe I think. Don’t ask me why. It’s not in a dangerous place. That reminds me of a story. When I was a kid, I had a friend whose parents were both teachers. His name was Chuck Fitzgibbons. He didn’t have a brother so when his family went camping he always asked if I could go too. I did. We went camping, hiking, canoeing and fishing. I loved it. Anyway one day we found some swords his parents had recovered from the civil war period. We were about 10 years old. We started sparring with the swords in slow motion. Within minutes the pace escalated. Soon we were moving at full speed with real swords. He had incredible hand eye coordination. He was fast. The swords were hard steel and razor sharp. I was yelling as loud as possible for him to stop. He didn’t hear me. This went on for a long time before he backed off. We were both 10 years old and had been in a fight for our lives. We never told his parents what happened. Chuck is no longer with us but he and his family left a lasting impression on my life.

    • Iceman says:

      Ana Gramming … just saw that. Mr Fenn you have been working too hard. Don’t you take vacations?

      • Iceman says:

        Maybe take a couple weeks to rest in the Bahamas. You could leave your smartphone and computer at home.

  7. Anna Graham says:

    Pay no attention, nothing to see here, move along

  8. The Count says:

    Thanks loco, Jenny, and Forrest! I find this so entertaining!

  9. OH! says:

    The anagram of Wow. This is a double WOW!

  10. Spallies says:

    Someone once said… “All the life’s wisdom can be found in anagrams. Anagrams never lie.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there or should I say RHAPSODY EMPATHY. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. pdenver says:

    Thank you, Jenny, Loco (cool), and Mr. Fenn for the “Featured Question.” Interesting how one might read this. Seems to me it may be entertaining to anagram the poem, but may not mean that one should.

    • pdenver says:

      Loco, you may be a wise man, but I think Mr. Fenn may have been more so when answering your question. Perhaps you should have said anagramming the words in the poem, rather than just saying “words”. How many years have tried to figure out Mr. Fenn? ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Iron Will says:

    SWORD… no tomfoolery here.

    • pdenver says:

      That’s good, Iron Will. Perhaps this is what locolobo was suggesting. This is getting interesting.

  13. Muset says:

    Years and years of entertainment..

  14. Bailey says:

    Appyha Othersma Ayda! That’s pig latin, not an anagram.

  15. William says:

    Maybe he’s just saying if you’re entertained what does it matter what you’re doing

  16. Spoon says:

    I think I get this one – maybe. I think crafty Mr. Fenn is having some fun with an anagram without letting us know whether he uses them or not. The word “sine” means lacking, or without. So the phrase “sine words” would literally mean “without words” and could be interpreted as being silent. Is that the same as “words I will not say”? If so, the phrase “sine words” anagrams to rowdiness, which means tomfoolery: it is tomfoolery.

    If this is what was intended, Mr. Fenn has provided us an extremely clever non-answer, and it makes me love the guy all the more. He is being silent on the matter.

  17. Sparrow says:

    The question and the answer have nothing to do with the poem. I think Forrest is saying that if you are entertained by anagramming, by all means do so. Are there anagrams in the poem? I think there is at least one.

    Thanks Jenny and Forrest.

    • Seeker says:

      The problem then would stem to, why did fenn answer the question at all, if it was not related to the poem. This was not an off the cuff comment in an interview, or an email fenn simply decided to share, but was a ‘question’ sent by a searcher involved with the challenge… to answer it with no thought of the challenge would be deliberately misleading in my book.
      fenn received this question [ maybe even through the site’s owner/ for the purpose of the topic ] and chose to answer it by way of “Feature Questions with ff and The Thrill of The Chase Treasure Hunt” I’m gonna go out on the limb here and conclude, in my mind, the answer is related to the poem.

      • JL says:

        Dang Seeker, after two years something we can agree upon. It’s a new age.

        • Seeker says:

          LOL… we will remember this moment always. Maybe have a coffee and breakfast get together and laugh at our own brilliant solves. Know any good places? I like the mom n pop greasy spoons joints myself.

          • JL says:

            It doesn’t matter to me I’m happy with any cup of bad coffee. But I’m afraid I don’t get East of the mighty missasip much

        • OH! says:

          Seeker, Now that is some down to earth common sense. Mr. Fenn is not a man to mislead a person, it is some of the blogs that create the misleading.
          The question and answer is the tool of the rhyme.

  18. Rocky says:

    I see it this way. LocoLobo has been around since 2013 or longer. He knew what he was doing when he created the question if you anagram tomfoolery. Tomfoolery/Tool of Ryme.
    Rime/Rhyme/Ryme all mean the same.

    If someone is entertained by anagramming words I will not say it is TOOL OF RYME.f
    If someone is entertained by anagramming words I will not say it is tomfoolery.f

  19. Zaphod73941 says:

    Yes, a classic Fenn non-answer answer. That is, unless you dig deeper.

  20. Jake Faulker says:

    I think anagramming would be messing with the poem.

  21. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Jenny, loco and Forrest,
    Tomfoolery anagraming words to the D and D and “A real air-art… Mayhem.” What a trip.

  22. lifesablaze says:

    No more foolin Tom cuz now he be wize. Him and the Misses got them a place down by the river. They be fishin up a storm these days.

  23. JDA says:

    Speaking of tomfoolery it you Combine this post with the one that preceded it you get “Sort the Franks” from THANKS FORREST!! JDA

  24. Charles Reed says:

    I know exactly where it’s at but I have no car and no money to go get it.

    • Strawshadow says:

      Charles, I once hitchiked to Alaska with less than 10 bucks. Sounds like you need a change, good luck.

    • Iceman says:

      What state Charles?

    • Chesney says:

      Charles Reed,

      You can’t find even close on google maps or any other way. How can you be certain you know precisely where she is? Until the person has Indulgence in their “mits” or in their backpack, don’t be so sure of yourself. With all due respect, I am going by everything Mr. Fenn has stated in his interviews. You are “Hunting for Easter Eggs that are still White and undyed”, from your armchair! Peace

  25. Jdiggins says:

    Do you see the power of a quarter?
    My problem is that I only see pieces.
    Ana=7 (numerology) + gram
    7 gram= 1/4 oz or .25
    Ming- dynasty or jade
    Just my .25 on it…

    • pdenver says:

      I like how you broke that down, Jdiggins. The quarter being a coin, and when you anagram “coin,” one gets “In CO.” Would Mr. Fenn be suggesting it’s in Colorado?

      • Jdiggins says:

        I might think since jade is green and he’s looking for a QO of sumthin…

        • Jdiggins says:

          And, per Iron Will,
          ENDING CLUE
          INSIDE CO

        • pdenver says:

          Gosh Jdiggins, you seem to have lost me again. Jade in China is symbolic to Heaven, but the gem is not necessarily in green as shown in this link, although, it is the most valued in color: https://www.gia.edu/jade You mentioned he’s looking for a “QO”. Would you be so kind to explain, please?

          • Jdiggins says:

            Absolutely, pdenver. Jade is not always green, thank you for correcting me. ๐Ÿ™‚
            To answer, QO is short/slang for quarter ounce.
            What’s interesting as well, is I have seen reference to once before.
            Many ways one could interpret, IMO. ๐Ÿ™‚
            I love that you are always inquisitive, polite and quite sharp, pdenver. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • pdenver says:

              Thank you for explaining, and for your kind words, Jdiggins. I’m not much into current slang language. My kids are always having to explain different meanings for me. In regards to the quarter, it has been shown in his comment about 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe. I believe the quarter may have significant meaning in more ways than one, which may coincide with different chapters in his book, “The Thrill of The Chase”. I continue to look into this thought.

  26. HappyThoth says:

    FF.. ever the LOFTY ROMEO.. I know another one.. he too is venerable and a very good shot ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Jdiggins says:

    tomfoolery is quite interesting too!!!

  28. HappyThoth says:

    Definitely happy.. I was referring to a character named Ancient Pistol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jdiggins says:

      OK then!
      We can proceed… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Brad Hartliep says:

      Fait Divers ..

    • pdenver says:

      Is HappyThoth someone we know?

      • HappyThoth says:

        doubtful.. i’m just a poor soul in Florida without means for meaningful travel.. I’m guessing that, although Forrest ideally would like hunters to get out into the wild, he probably devised it so that those of us in my situation have almost equal footing with those that can travel bravely into the wood

        • HappyThoth says:


        • Spoon says:

          Your travel situation is unfortunate, Jerry, because you seem like a REALLY smart guy. I keep track of people I consider “contenders” and you are on the list. No intended disparagement to those not on my list :), but it’s a short list. But it is my opinion that this thing cannot be reasonably solved/found without multiple trips to the correct search area, such is the cunning of our Mr. Fenn.

          • Chesney says:

            Multiple trips… um if 60 it is 100. This is all to the same spot, and not saying that I am in the correct spot, but it sure fits perfectly with the poem. A lot of traffic in there, and elemental constraints for the time to actually get to her. All IMO.

          • HappyThoth says:

            I’m honored by your assessment Spoon, thank you. just a spoon full of castor helps the… wait.. sugar.. helps the medicine go down

          • HappyThoth says:

            ff: “I’m comfortable when I’m around books. I have probably 3 or 4 thousand books in my library.”

  29. Inohury says:

    You are tired, I see.
    You want to rest.
    Friends help friends, even when they don’t want to.
    My best I’m sending your way.
    Thank you Jenny and forrest.

  30. passenger says:

    No anagrams.
    Just heavy foolery and water high…..


  31. anna says:

    One can always hope…
    I like to think anagrammining is a gram/message from a friend for me๐Ÿ˜

    Thanks Forrest and Jenny. Sending you both my “Anna-gram” of warm wishes.

  32. HappyThoth says:

    to wit: tomfoolerylofty romeo.. ever the fly CASTOR.. he and Skippy.. CASTOR and pollux.. considering their water high jinks, they must have been called nuts on more than one occasion (SCROTA).. I guess when you’ve played enough, you realize “it doesn’t matter who you are, it only matters who they think you are” (ACTORS)

  33. Iceman says:

    TitleToTheGold => Theodolite

    • anna says:

      Iceman, before flying out your “theodolite”…you might want to check with Maverick. Maybe he’s got your missing “g”

  34. Brad Hartliep says:

    A most singular epithet to a great feast
    (of Arthur, Charlemagne and Godfrey):

    “To have stolen the scraps easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.” ..

    Most dull, honest Dull.

    To our Sport away! On the Tabour to our worthies, and let them dance the hay! ..

    Exeunt ..

  35. OH! says:

    Tomfoolery = Tool of ryme

    If someone is entertained by anagramming words I will not say it is Tool of Ryme. f

    Ryme / rhyme/ rime. All are correct spelling.

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