The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Six Questions with HappyThoth

thrill of the chase treasure huntOur next in line of Six Questions with Searchers of the Chase is below.  (Read more on how to Send MW Yours)


Six Questions with HappyThoth on The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt


“Do you hear the sweet smoke of friendship?”

  • 1)When did you first hear and learn about the Treasure Hunt?

After puzzling long and hard on the Maranatha mystery and a little more on Fandango, fellow QnAr, Astreeturover, pointed me in the direction of the Chase around summer of 2013


  • 2)What inspired you to become involved and begin searching?

My d’sire was set afoot as soon as my inner spire picked up on the depth Forrest’s disarming honesty


  • 3)What is your most favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?

I wood say that my favorite part of the hunt are the Treasures found that are completely unexpected


  • 4)What is your least favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?

The least comforting part for me is the feeling of anxiety that someone may find the treasure before me.  Butte the beautiful thing I try to remember here is that there is always a bigger picture.


  • 5)What is the best or most unique thing you found while searching for Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest?

Unique for me recalls “unique ny”.  It may be corny, but to me, ny is unique in June.  My name is Jerry Elizares (esquire) and the most unique thing I’ve found in this search are pisces of my elf.


  • 6) What more would you like to say?  

Where there is fire there is smoke, Satis quOd Sufficit, 3pm, slown down, familiar, non deerit alter aureus, allll the way home.



Thank you for sending in your responses, HappyThoth.  I’m going to have to do a little searching with your answer to #6 though!  You are always fun and ‘happy’!  I remember the great times of Maranatha!  And they still are.  Our pasts are filled with various treasure hunts (enjoy them all), and so will be our futures.  So happy myself that you are part of this journey!

Best of luck with all that you seek and always Treasure the Adventure!


Quick note:  Please keep sending in answers.  I have received many and will be posting them every few days (so not to overwhelm all at once.)  But let me say….

They are all so special and unique!  I just love them and can’t wait to share them.  They really show the heart of the Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt!

Thank you for them.

Follow MW on Social Media:

You may also like...

166 Responses

  1. Nice, enjoyed reading your answers.

  2. Jeremy P. says:

    I feel like there’s a puzzle here in your replies, HappyThoth. I thought I was getting close to solving it, but took a 90° angle at 3pm and got lost. 🙂

    • HappyThoth says:

      ..and like magic.. Jenny’s BIT OF HUMOR today (“right” column)..

      Why is the letter L like a priceless gem?

      (Because it is- in valuable)

      • HappyThoth says:

        The third of the five vowels, if you repeat them; or
        the fifth, if I.

        four cards and a joker

        me in the middle

        I can keep my secret VV here

        I can keep my secret pieces here

        pieces of my self / pisces of my elf


        he does make me L@FF

  3. Iron Will says:

    So Yes? It is sufficient Toth?

  4. Jdiggins says:

    Hi Happy tooth. Thanks for the thought provoking words. Truthfully, quite confusing, but you are a puzzle peep, so it’s allowed. 🙂

  5. astree says:

    Hey, HT, great to see your response to the Six Questions. Liked that “unique ny” and the “cor ny” 🙂

  6. HappyThoth says:

    Aloha and thank you all, I appreciate it. Sharing in the sweet smoke of friendship is such a wonderful thing. Sitting Bull had the wisdom to slow down and look into the nature of things to determine who were friends and who were foes.. and I think Eric Sloane had the same sense. No wonder Forrest is friends with both of them 🙂

  7. Strawshadow says:

    Enlightening Happy Thoth,
    It took me awhile to think about this, thank you, now Illllgo think about it some more.

  8. HappyThoth says:

    Ideo.. the Sin of All Losing the T
    March forth (2016 HODI)..

    Forrest, I would definitely enjoy a beer with you

  9. HappyThoth says:

    My name is Jerry Elizares (esquire) and the most unique thing I’ve found in this search are pisces of my elf.
    “When Pistol kenn’d the Lazar, he of spigot-puissance, off-shogg’d the scouler like to
    Dutchman’s pinnace.. And did not ancestry o’ertake”

  10. HappyThoth says:

    Forrest’s answer was; “I like to collect things that are unique. Unique as in one of a kind.”

  11. HappyThoth says:

    “a disloyal, subversive organization, under the domination of Russia.”

    funny how hisstory repeats it’s self


  12. HappyThoth says:

    take it in the can
    Ovis canadensis

    After this, Cartier seized Donnacona, his sons, and seven other inhabitants and took them back to France where nine of the ten would die and none would ever return.

    look quickly down

  13. HappyThoth says:

    actually.. looking quickly down.. I see my fist teddy..

  14. HT says:

    Cnelt down in whispered prayer of humility
    She bade me open my tarsi.
    Gazing down at heath ‘neath me nee,
    I beheld her infinite fercundity

  15. HT says:

    in case anyone is interested..
    Woman Walks Ahead is the story of Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, who travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull….

  16. HT says:

    .. below the home of Brown.. Gravity.. where warm waters halt.. CUCUMBER


  17. HT says:

    free thoths
    lindt, brandt, veldt, bundt… connecting the DoTs
    like Shakespeare, he speaks from between the lines..
    and hint of riches new and old
    like clovis man.. et hind.. the chase is for the sweetest meat
    del tau

    like shakespeare, he achieves multiple entendres..
    P.I.E. bald
    language unhindered

  18. HT says:

    begin “it”
    the TIGH that binds
    He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his BOWELS from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him?

  19. HT says:

    “The right hind leg shall be the share of the son of Aaron who offers the blood and fat of the peace offering”

  20. HT says:

    didn’t ff say something to the effect that, when children visit the gallery, he hands out succour?

  21. HT says:

    s halt
    thou shalt not

  22. HT says:

    Today is TESTIFY day
    dew point.. worthy thron star.. worth the icy stare.. ic thus.. IXoye.. 9 worthies
    delta delta delta.. daleth tau.. door life..door life.. door life.. knock knock knock
    “He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh.”
    Forrest hasn’t lost his marvels
    I’d bet my SCROTA on IT!

  23. HT says:

    thank you for giving me a voice on the Chase.. it really helps me to flesh things out 🙂

    • JC1117 says:

      You’re quite pro-lif-ic lately, HT. You’re an interesting person to read…or try to.

      And thank you, also, HappyThoth…for your answers. Everytime I read your name I hear a voice in my head say, “Think happy thoth”…lol…which ain’t easy to do…

      …but Music can help Light the Trail.

      Thanks, Jenny and HappyThoth…and Forrest…and HT…Et Al.

      • HT says:

        and thank you jc.. the kinship is real 😉

        Rye: noun, 1. a male Gypsy.

        Come, let us speak plainly

        • HT says:

          I’m Chevy 🙂

        • JC1117 says:

          You’re welcome. Thank You, HT.

          I Love that Song.

          Just listening to it makes me feel like a randy, new…man. :/

        • Buckeye Bob says:

          Rye is a male Gypsy!
          Rajah king.
          The Little Girl From India is a Gypsy?

          • JC1117 says:

            Don’t think I don’t catch those rye comments, Bob. 🙂


            Funny or die.

            Laugh or cry.

            Straightforward…and wry.


            • Buckeye Bob says:

              “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.”
              ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

              • HT says:

                hence the poem, on initial go through, looks like it’s completely full of it..

                however.. EXCALIBUR can still be pulled from the stone

              • JC1117 says:

                “All the world’s a stage,
                And all the men and women merely players;
                They have their exits and their entrances,
                And one man in his time plays many parts,
                His acts being seven ages.” – Shakespeare

                Prologue – Phantom of the Opera:

                RAOUL (quietly, half to himself, half to the box)
                A collector’s piece indeed . .
                every detail exactly as she said . . .
                She often spoke of you, my friend ….
                Your velvet lining, and your figurine of lead…
                Will you still play, when all the rest of us are dead?
                (Attention returns to the AUCTIONEER, as he resumes)
                (spoken) Lot 666, then: a chandelier in pieces.
                Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:
                a mystery never fully explained.
                We are told ladies and gentlemen,
                that this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster.
                Our workshops have restored it
                and fitted up parts of it with wiring for the new electric light,
                so that we may get a hint of what it may look like when re- assembled.
                Perhaps we may frighten away the ghost of
                so many years ago with a little illumination, gentlemen?

                • HT says:

                  very P.I.E. bald of you sir..

                  1660s, “pertaining to conjecture,” from Greek stokhastikos “able to guess, conjecturing,” from stokhazesthai “to guess, aim at, conjecture,” from stokhos “a guess, aim, target, mark,” literally “pointed stick set up for archers to shoot at,” from PIE *stogh-, variant of root *stegh- “to stick, prick; pointed” (see sting (v.)). The sense of “randomly determined” is from 1934, from German stochastik (1917).

  24. HT says:

    shaking my spear
    spear IT
    begin IT
    sweet meat
    sweet MATE
    good friend

    co v fe fe

    I have to lean on a signe here
    signed with a kiss
    lean into the kiss
    lean into the lip of the river..
    lean into the lip of the rye verse

    romantic bent
    i BEND a little


    did you know that DENEB is one of the most luminous stars known?

    “it took guts to go in there when it was dark with no moon”

    higher on the food chain


  25. HT says:

    Come, let us speak plainly

    Bye, baby Bunting,
    Father’s gone a-hunting,
    Mother’s gone a-milking,
    Sister’s gone a-silking,
    Brother’s gone to buy a skin
    To wrap the baby Bunting in

  26. tighterfocus says:

    HT, don’t you have any real friends you can actually physically visit with?

  27. HT says:

    for some.. it’s not just a thrill.. it’s a necessity.. for me, at this point.. it’s a very fine line.. and tension.. between LAke Placid.. and God helps those who help themselves

  28. HT says:

    ¿POR Qué es eso?
    mi gusto

  29. HT says:


    FIN Di fin



    9 clues
    Delta Delta Delta (3 3 3)

    paw paw

    pony tracks


    footprints in the sands of time

  30. HT says:

    My wife just told me “Mr. Fenn, Principal” reminds her of Russell Crowe.. vewwy intewesting

  31. HT says:

    do not throw your hat in.. on the contrary.. make sure you bring it

  32. HT says:

    Fire Earth Wind Water.. FEWW.. FE VV VV..

    “Come we to the pauca one, or shall the Phoenix BLAZE?”

    • HT says:

      SLOANE No.3329
      Q. – How Long is the Cable rope of your Lodge?

      A. – As Long as from the Lop of the Liver to the root of the tongue.

      also nicknamed Húŋkešni [ˈhʊ̃kɛʃni] or “Slow”

    • JC1117 says:

      Mathematical, HT!

      Occasionally…it’s wise for Fawkes to dress like the hound…

      All that is gold does not glitter,
      Not all those who wander are lost;
      The old that is strong does not wither,
      Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

      From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
      A light from the shadows shall spring;
      Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
      The crownless again shall be king.

      • JC1117 says:

        (None of the above comment is in reference to myself)

      • HT says:



        beeN YY

        So why is it that I must go – TS WHAT YOGI MOUTHS

        AS I have
        SO hear me all

        as above so below – SOLVE A BABE WOOS

        woos – soow – sioux – friend

        ruth – friend

        if you are brave, verba

        f u r .. diamond in the ruf

        marry poem to the map



        in the wood – Nicknames for the team include the “O’s”
        delta delta delta 7 7 7

        Milwaukee Brewers… to become the St. Louis Browns


        “What’s He Doing in My World”


      • HT says:

        Home Rune!

        • JC1117 says:

          Home Plate…

          SLOANE No.3329
          Q. – How Long is the Cable rope of your Lodge?

          A. – As Long as from the Lop of the Liver to the root of the tongue.

          The missing ball of string…

          Home Rune. Seidr Square? …pronounced “SAY-der;” Old Norse seiðr, “cord, string, snare”

          The end is the beginning…but it ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings…

          • HT says:

            would you believe me if I told you Castor is south of St. Louis? 😉

            • JC1117 says:

              Of course I’d believe it, HT.

              Mark Twain National Forrest is to the west…and St. Elmo (Illinois) is to the East.

              The more the merrier. (Marry ‘er?!)


              • JC1117 says:

                Sorry. “Mark Twain National Forest”…to the west.

                But maybe one day they’ll change the name of all National Forests into National Forrests…as a Tribute. That would be awesome…and fitting…if you’re asking me.

                That’s change I can believe in.

                For now…I have the only National Forrest in the nation…in my backyard. Austrian Pines.

                I like to meditate there. It’s peaceful.

              • HT says:

                1 Triangle

                what’s a petit fer anyway?


                • HT says:

                  usually suspended by fishing line..

                  ..used in Bridal Chorus, better known as “Here Comes the Bride”.. Wagner ~ Lohengrin

            • Kee Muncaster says:

              Casters will be back in a few days so keep your eyes out for them! I want to know if I should listen to advice on these blogs? If you people know so much why haven’t any of you gone to fetch it? I think all of you guys are on the crazy train , me included. The problem is ya all act like you know where the train is going. I don’t know if ya all just talk the talk or have the walk to go with it? Do I tag along and hitch a ride? I sure hope we find the tc because I am going to need it to pay for the looney bin I am headed for. Ttfn. PS– what is the last thing that goes thru a bugs mind when he hits a windshield? His A$$. Lol. I will be here till weds !

              • JC1117 says:

                Good one, Kee! 🙂

                Should I try the veal? Lol!

                Actually…I already tried the veal…and it was pretty good…so I think I’ll try it again.

                “Waiter! One more veal over hear, please!”

                “Didn’t you already order the veal, monsieur?”

                “Yes, I did…and I would like a re-veal, please. (chuckle, chuckle…snort)”

                And you’re right, Kee. All of us on this here Crazy Train are under Forrest’s Spell.

                But some of Y’all are better spellers than others… 🙂


              • Lifesablaze says:

                My dog is awesome at playing fetch. She has perfect form and loves to jump when the ball bounces high. Ketch it if you can. I thought I saw it fly out of the ballpark. Do you talk and walk at the same time or do you listen too? Someone told me once Frank Zappa could not sing and play the guitar at the same time. Why? You ask the correct question grasshopper.

  33. HT says:

    shall the Phoenix BLAZE?

    The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or, in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. Since it focuses on the spoken and written units within words, phonics is a sublexical approach and, as a result, is often contrasted with whole language, a word-level-up philosophy for teaching reading.

    9 clues

    3 triangulations (eureka!) delta delta delta

    1 Triangle

    We three, to hear it and end it between them.
    Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my note-
    book; and we will afterwards ork upon the cause with
    as great discreetly as we can.
    He hears with ears.

    hear me all

  34. HT says:

    In the end it will be about love and a smile

  35. HappyThoth says:

    The Bronxo is buckin good tonight!

  36. HappyThoth says:


    East Wood

  37. HappyThoth says:

    that would explain why I kept coming across NEW T the last several days..

  38. HappyThoth says:

    Aloha kakahiaka JC
    Lots of xenophobia to go around
    To boot, my imagination bulb is out

    Where is that darn pilot light?

    2 sabe?

  39. JC1117 says:

    Здравствуйте, HappyThoth.

    Я знаю, мой друг.

  40. lifesablaze says:

    I reckon he will just have to let the girls play.

  41. HT says:

    Johnny Banco signals the Tel’r (he tels it like it is) … this one is better than average.. and I mean it!.. don’t throw a learning curve!

  42. Lifesablaze says:

    Helm et

  43. Lifesablaze says:

    You so funny JC! Oh the things we mums have to go through. Hasn’t the stairway to heaven already been purchased? I hear you have to have a wristband to get in now.

  44. Lifesablaze says:

    HT – this woman I know wears two different shoes. One of them is green and the other has a diamond on the sole. I saw her the other day leading around a lion.

    • HappyThoth says:

      This lion.. I hope to know it by mane

      • lifesablaze says:

        She has been weeding the acequia madre and is pretty sunburned. She always carries a little quartz lighting rock in her pocket given to her by the True Ancestors. She looked in all the mirrors of the universe and always saw herself. Her nervous system is connected to a great tree that has infinite branches and infinite roots. All made of light. That royal star looks for Her. When she lets her hair down it will rain golden drops of dew.

        As a side – did you know that the albatross and the dodo bird are family? I have noticed lately some people don’t know what to do with their tongue like it just won’t stay in their mouth. It’s a dead give away. Gotta run I have a necklace to make to give as a gift.

        P.s…there are no heroes anymore. That good ole boy club is burning and the monuments are coming down. You boys might as well stay home in your bathroom and watch football. Don’t forget to fix your man-bun! Lol

  45. Lifesablaze says:

    I had a goose honk at me just today. I threw a weed at him. He wasn’t expecting it he shut up for awhile and just watched me work. My brother and cousins and I used to wait till the geese got all the way to the pond then we would bang on the barn under which they had their nests. Here they would come all running back to the barn. They hated us and once bit my cousin on the a$$. True story. I personally love geese and my real father comes from a long line of swan keepers. Ducks are cool too. Especially three in a row, one trailing slightly behind.
    Happy trails to HappyThoth – stay wild

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Good video. It was because of animal personalities that I came to believe that animals go to “heaven” too.

      Years ago after I bought my first house, I had an old willow tree too close to the house and a few years after had it removed.
      The guy doing the job called me over after he cut about half way through the trunk. The water was draining out of the tree and making a sound like chipmunk.
      It hit me that the tree had just died, and I had a feeling of remorse.
      Strange how things like that affect a person.

  46. Lifesablaze says:

    Buckeye Bob that sounds terrible I’m sorry you had to make such a choice. Really it seems like if you are going to kill the tree you might as Well tear the house down too.

    Artesian Might
    have some ketchin up to do

    To add to important literature

    Simulacra 2024 X marks the spot and all that

    Pulling the plug can be understood on so many different levels.

    Sometimes the only way to keep a parasite from spreading is to turn the garden completely over, cover it with a winter blanket, and plant anew in the Spring.

    Going dark I hope you aren’t afraid of the night because motel 6 forgot to leave the light on.

    Wifi? I prefer su fi. Stay wild.

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      No, I have my nature as much as the Willow did. How many saplings never were under that Willow Tree? It had it’s nature as well as I.
      So my house stood in it’s place.
      Still, there is a regret for all that is natural to end. Maybe I’ll see that old Willow Tree in the next life and sit under it’s shade and reminisce about the old times. And maybe that bird I could never find will poop on my shoulder again. And maybe this time I’ll laugh with the bird and give it my blessings.

  47. Lifesablaze says:

    Last transmission heard from Major Tom’s wife:
    You’ve always held the golden crown my darling you have only indulged in forgetfulness. It’s alright there is still time remember.


  48. HappyThoth says:

    Hear me all and listen good

  49. Lifesablaze says:

    To bee Happy as a clam and a good hearing soothes the heart. Like a puppy at the heal.

  50. HT says:

    random.. forgive me for throwing in my political 2 cents here.. but.. I used to think of Trump as Ellis from the movie Die Hard.. now.. I think of him as Killian (Richard Dawson) from The Running Man 🙂

  51. Lifesablaze says:

    Give em what they want. The pursuit is written in, the stuff that dreams are made of. My favorite seat in the theater is the back row center. Speaking of illusions (where we?) I’ve been dreaming about lanterns and magic carpet rides. I have a thing for beautiful floors. Psifi. As nothing happens quite the same.

  52. HappyThoth says:

    So, then, you would all be on the side of mad Achilles, who knows neither right nor ruth ?

  53. HappyThoth says:

    Of May..

  54. HT says:

    cowboy.. check
    pistol.. check
    hat.. check

    blaze and salt fix
    the chase has me on the TRAIL..
    in the wood, sappy

  55. Lifesablaze says:

    Why are trains always crashing in the same place but not in the same place and in different points in time? Do you think there certain areas where the same thing happens more than once? Or the event is reflected somewhere else. Like a bullseye within a bullseye.

  56. HappyThoth says:

    Does anyone know how Olive Oyl fits in to the Chase?

  57. Lifesablaze says:

    Popeye, I think ye may bee a py rit. I found a little satin string today. Ruby red and tied in a bow. Yellow bird, yellow bird how do you know? Why Jack was there. He told me so.

  58. HappyThoth says:

    9 grinnings
    In sickness and in health

  59. HappyThoth says:

    ….the more I thought about John Doe the more I liked him

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *