Featured Question with Forrest: Quibbling or Prevaricating?

dictionaryForrest, You said you made two trips from your car to hide the treasure. Besides walking, did you use any other methods of transportation to get back and forth between the car and the hide? Thanks, Edgar

Edgar, your wording of the question prompts me to pause and wonder if I can answer it candidly, yet correctly. Were all the evidence truly known, and I answered in the positive, you might say I was prevaricating, by some definitions of the word. And if I answered in the negative, you may claim that I was quibbling. So I will stay quiet on that subject. Thanks for the question anyway. f



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66 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    lol…..I love that answer, Forrest! Thanks for your continued fun.

  2. Danny-boy says:

    Classic Forrest answer…love it!

  3. 49 dollers says:

    Is that horse or donkey hide?, wording can be so important

  4. 23kachinas says:

    Did you wear cuddles to hide the treasure or another trusty soled pair? Inquiring minds want to know.

  5. Ramona says:

    Well, I had to look those two words up. So the answer is no he did not use any other methods of transportation?

  6. Spallies says:

    This is better than a word a day calendar 🙂

  7. djjmciv says:

    The real answer to the question:

    If he said he was just “walking” he would be “technically” lying. Why? Because he did a bit of wading.

    • Jenny Kile says:

      Or did a ‘hop, skip, and jump’, like the frog did on the map from the original image of the Thrill of the Chase book…lol…..

  8. Eliza says:




    (also, 1-4-3 >>> 3-1-4 >>> Pi)

    Mind your Ps and Qs!


  9. Project Why says:

    Can you imagine if Forrest had ever been captured in the jungle, …..they would have been driven crazy trying to interrogate him and he probably would have been let go out of sheer frustration. 🙂

    I think he is just having too much fun answering the questions, regardless if they are of any help and seeing our response. But we won’t ever let him go, will we!! Who’s doing the torturing though? 🙂

  10. Lou Lee says:

    Great Question! I was talking about that over on Dal’s. I wanted to ask Forrest about that, but did not think he really would answer that. I know he said not by a human trail. So do you think a bike or horse trail is a human trail? I think yes and no. And of course boats don’t make trails. But they do “Put In”. Right? So much to think about.
    Lou Lee…..Chased by Bears in Jellystone Park.

  11. Clinger says:

    He could have waded, ran, hiked, stumbled, or crawled part of the way.

  12. 23kachinas says:

    Brilliant Liz – Mind your Ps and Calipers!

  13. JC1117 says:

    Maybe Forrest is hinting that he didn’t walk the entire way but used some kind of technology…like…

    The RIGHT Trousers!


    It should be called The Adventures of Forrest and Tesuque…instead of Wallace and Gromit.

    For example, at 1:30, “It’s my turn for breakfast this morning, Tesuque!” 🙂

    Also, don’t overlook the “word of the day” at 5:04. Treasure hunting can be expensive.

    • Elementary says:

      JC1117…you made me smile thinking about the “say the secret word” on the 1950’s Groucho Marx quiz show “You Bet Your Life”.

      The toy duck with eyeglasses and a mustache comes down holding a $100 bill if the secret word is said by a contestant. Hmm….sometimes the show substituted a person or other object to carry the $100. Tesuque would look cute holding the money.

      I personally like BW’s word “pettifogging”….and just, like worrying about the exact 9 clues… it is easy to not see the “for(r)est for the trees”.

  14. 23kachinas says:

    Cute Wallace and Grommit video JC1117. Techno Trousers!

  15. Edgar says:

    Because of his skill and cunning, perhaps we should just call Forrest the “Artful Question Dodger”.

  16. 23kachinas says:

    Artful yes eye-openingly, Question yes indeed, Dodger not IMO – he is more of the grab every banana type.

  17. astree says:


    good stuff – (more, e.g., first letter of each sentence)


    • E* says:

      astree – Since 23kachinas mentioned bananas,…and you are so good at anagrams,…I was just wondering if you have ever played this game,…which my barista loves to play?:


      • E* says:

        Astree – And speaking of baristas,…and my strong belief in synchronicity,…the other one just came in to say that his sister,…who is expecting twins,…is in the hospital 3 weeks early for delivery today 4-4. I asked what the names would be for the two boys,…and he replied, “Forrest and Vincent”. No,…really. 🙂

  18. astree says:


  19. Jdiggins says:

    quibbling or prevaricating. Positive or negative. Gotta think deep on this one. I’m thoroughly confused!

  20. William says:

    I think the answer is easier once we can have a logical solution, maybe there is two ways get to the hiding spot of the chest! Maybe the poem has you doing something that would make sense to change direction but Forrest maybe took a trail to get there. Forrest has made a comment about the chest not being near a human trail so I would assume that it’s off the trail but maybe in a valley along a trail. Just My opinion!

  21. 23kachinas says:

    Two ways to get to the hiding spot (check), not near a human trail (check) Hmmm…

    • E* says:

      23kachinas – Two ways to get to he hiding spot that make a circle. Check.:

      “We shall not cease from exploration
      And the end of all our exploring
      Will be to arrive where we started
      And know the place for the first time.
      Through the unknown, remembered gate
      When the last of earth left to discover
      Is that which was the beginning;”

      – T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

  22. ojo monte says:

    Genius, Forrest! He even managed to get my initials in his answer, PQ.

  23. Mark J says:

    As always,his answers are so intriguing.

  24. 23kachinas says:

    I’ve tried to follow this code while searching ever since I read the story about Michael Kammerer on this blog, Scrapbook 84.

    “Code of the West” ten principles:

    1. Live each day with courage;
    2. Take pride in your work;
    3. Always finish what you start;
    4. Do what has to be done;
    5. Be tough, but fair;
    6. When you make a promise, keep it;
    7. Ride for the brand;
    8. Talk less and say more;
    9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale; and
    10. Know where to draw the line.


  25. Chris Q says:

    I have a thought on the No paddle up your creek line and would like to know thoughts on it.
    In the chapter Surviving Myself Forrest talks about Skippy getting in trouble and Forrest would just wait for his turn at the paddle but June never had a turn because she did everything right. I am wondering if it’s possible that no paddle is refering to June
    Then take June and add up your creek…say it quickly enough and you get Juniper Creek

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