FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



  1.Q. Why are you raising money for breast cancer research?
  2.Q. How much of the price of the book will go to breast cancer research?
  3.Q. How much money do you expect to raise from the project?
  4.Q. That is a lot of money - how do you expect to do it?
  5.Q. Why do you think you can sell the eagle for $8 million?
  6.Q. It seems like there are two books for sale - do I need them both?
  7.Q. How can I help out?
  8.Q. I am a famous personality, how can I help?
  9.Q. I am a business person how can I help?
10.Q. Is there anything else that we can help with?
11.Q. What is actually hidden?
12.Q. Do the clues in the book lead to the locations of the certificates?
13.Q. Who will know where the certificates are hidden?
14.Q. How were the certificates hidden?
15.Q. In my log book I get a blank screen, what is happening?
16.Q. What are the questions at the end of each chapter for?
17.Q. Once I have a question answered and I think it is correct - what do I do?
18.Q. I enter my answer into the online journal but when I hit submit answer my answer is deleted, what is happening?
19.Q. I have found the red dot in one of the pictures in the Optic Cross section in the tools how do I get the clue?
20.Q. Once I have access to the map what do I do?
21.Q. Where are the clues to get the correct order for the keys?
22.Q. I have got the answers to all of the questions in the chapter but I just can't figure out the sequence, what do I do?
23.Q. I can’t get access to the Golden Eagle Treasure map in Chapter 13 1/2, what do I do?
24.Q. Where do the clues in the book lead?
25.Q. Can I just go out and find the certificates?
26.Q. Who’s allowed to play?
27.Q. Has a treasure hunt like this ever been done before?
28.Q. How do I know if an eagle has been found?
29.Q. I am the declared winner of one of the chapters, if I live in another country and the treasure is hidden in America, how can I afford to get there?
30.Q. What if I can’t get off work?
31.Q. How long do you think the treasure hunt will last?
32.Q. What happens when I get the correct answer?
33.Q. I submitted my answer – how long do I have to wait before I know that I am correct?
34.Q. How much are the prizes worth?
35.Q. I read in the rules that I may not get the actual Golden Eagle if I win, is this true?
36.Q. How can I help you raise money for breast cancer research?
37.Q. How many times am I allowed to guess the correct treasure map sequence?
38.Q. Where is the registration number located?
39.Q. What happens if I lose my registration number?
40.Q. What if I am partially right in the answer?
41.Q. Can I get in touch with the author in regards to the hunt or the clues?
42.Q. Are there any errors in the book that I should be aware of?

1. Q. Why are you raising money for breast cancer research? ^

A. Cancer has touched at least seven people very close to Ron Shore, The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt™ author and founder. "My own brother died from pancreatic cancer but the most difficult death to deal with was the death of my sister-in-law from breast cancer, two days after giving birth to my niece. I’ve heard a number of stories like my sister-in-law’s from other people who were in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s who have been stricken with breast cancer.  A number of years ago I was personally diagnosed with a lump in my chest and had the lump removed. For two weeks I waited in fear not knowing if the lump was cancerous or not. As it turned out I was lucky that it was not cancerous (one percent of men develop breast cancer). The lasting impact of that fear has stayed with me. In my sister-in-law’s case, she made a conscious decision not to do chemo therapy or radiation while she was pregnant which saved her unborn child. If, through what we are doing, we can prevent even one other woman from having to make the choice between saving her own life or the life of her unborn child then I feel we will have accomplished the first step in reaching the dream of preventing breast cancer and finding a cure.”

 

2. Q. How much of the price of the book will go to breast cancer research? ^

A. Our goal is to donate 100% of the net proceeds of the book to the Hunt for the Cause Foundation which supports breast cancer research. Typically an author earns about 1.5% of the gross sales price of the book. By self publishing and self promoting the book we will be able to raise more money for breast cancer research.

3. Q. How much money do you expect to raise from the project? ^

A. Our goal is to raise $100 million for research in prevention, early diagnosis and a cure for breast cancer.

4. Q. That is a lot of money - how do you expect to do it? ^

A. “Quest for the Golden Eagle” is the first book of a series of four books.  With each book we hope to raise $25 million. We hope to sell the actual Golden Eagle for $8 million to a benefactor or enthusiast of the hunt.  If this happens we will use $1 million to give to the winner as the prize for the treasure hunt and 100% of the remainder will go directly to the Hunt for the Cause Foundation.  The remaining amount that we hope to raise will come from sales of the book, donations from people and partnerships and matching donations from corporations and foundations.

5. Q. Why do you think you can sell the eagle for $8 million? ^

A. The eagle is the 6th largest solid gold statue created in the last 500 years (according to our research) and has the irreplaceable "Atocha Star" Emerald in it.  A statue weighing only half this weight in gold with no diamonds and without the fabled "Atocha Star" sold for $8 million a few years ago - the Golden Eagle should be worth even more.

6. Q. It seems like there are two books for sale - do I need them both? ^

A. The World's Greatest Treasure hunt - Quest for the The Golden Eagle is the main treasure hunt book.  The second  book  - The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt: Cracking the Code is the companion book to help you solve the codes used in making The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt- Quest for the  Golden Eagle.  When the author created the treasure hunt he wanted to create something that was challenging and fun for everyone including families. By getting the second book it gives you a handy reference guide that makes the clue solving a lot easier.   

7. Q. How can I help out? ^

A. There are a few things that you can do to help us.  The first is to tell your friends. Spreading word about the book will help us promote the project.  The other is to donate directly to www.HuntfortheCause.org. Hunt for the Cause, the charity we are supporting, is registered for tax purposes in Canada and  is a Registered 501(c)3 charity in the United States.  Tax receipts will be given out only for donations over $50 but even if you make a donation of $5 – every little bit helps.

8. Q. I am a famous personality, how can I help? ^

A. The area that we need the most help with is promotion.  If you are a personality like Oprah, David Letterman, Jerry Bruckheimer, The Today Show, The View or any other TV, radio or newspaper outlet that can help us get the word out, we would appreciate the assistance.  We have a very limited budget and have no promoters or other staff to help us get the word out.

Additionally, if you are a star like Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Anne Hathaway or any other star and would like to help, we have a special project for the treasure hunt that we can use your help with.  We can let you know more when we talk.  

9. Q. I am a business person how can I help? ^

A. If you would like to be a corporate sponsor for the treasure hunt – we will provide clues that Questers will need to find in order to solve the treasure hunt.  100% of any financial corporate sponsorship will go to the Hunt for the Cause Foundation.   

10. Q. Is there anything else that we can help with? ^

A. We need help in distributing the books as we do not have a publisher to assist with the distribution of the books. Because we want to donate 100% of the net proceeds of the price of the book to the foundation and we need to cover the costs of the treasure hunt, books, eagles etc. we would like some help with getting the book into stores like: Costco, WalMart, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, and Waterstones in the United Kingdom.  Until we get the books into the stores the books will only be available online at www.GreatHunt.com or www.Amazon.com  (Feb 2010)

11. Q. What is actually hidden? ^

A. In each of 13 locations around the world there are certificates of ownership hidden.  There are 12 certificates for Silver eagles appraised at $20,000. They are located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  All of the silver certificates are located within a 250 mile radius from the chapter locations mentioned in the book.  The thirteenth certificate is for the Golden Eagle (appraised at 1 million dollars US).  This certificate can be hidden in any country of the world. 

12. Q. Do the clues in the book lead to the locations of the certificates? ^

A. No, the clues in the book are only for the answers in the online treasure hunt journal and the correct sequence needed to solve the online treasure map.

13. Q. Who will know where the certificates are hidden? ^

A. No one person will know the exact location of the certificates. See the answer to “How were the certificates hidden?”

14. Q. How were the certificates hidden? ^

A. The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt™ founder Ron Shore spent 2 years working with naval navigation experts as well as people from the geo-caching community to design a method of hiding the certificates so that no one person could know the exact locations. The term used for this is "sequential segmental tracking". In order to do this is takes a team of specially trained military members, all of which are blindfolded and dropped off within a 250 mile radius of the destination, specifically, the 12 cities mentioned in the book. At the drop off point the team leader then takes his blindfold off and leads the rest of the blindfolded military members on a short journey segment. After each segment the team leader stops, a new team leader is assigned and that person removes their blind fold. Each time a new team leader is assigned the old team leader stays behind. Each team leader has an opportunity to write clues about their segment of the journey. The GPS unit used in the hunt was specially designed so the location is not visible. Each member of the team is also outfitted with a different type of GPS, one with very limited capabilities. The only function enabled on this GPS allows the team member to set out on a segment of the track and upon reaching the destination will allow the member to return along the exact path he took to get back to his place of origin.

15. Q. In my log book I get a blank screen, what is happening? ^

Check to see if your firewall is blocking the site. Also, check to make sure your lash player is current.  If you're still having problems try using a different Internet Browse.

16. Q. What are the questions at the end of each chapter for?  ^

 A. At the end of the 12 chapters in the book there are 20 questions.  Each of these questions are related to historical facts, the Sudoku puzzles in the chapter, questions about popular movies, and questions about the area near where the certificates are hidden.  Some of the questions are encoded and need to be figured out before they can be answered. Once all 20 questions are answered you will gain access to the treasure map for that chapter. 

17. Q. Once I have a question answered and I think it is correct - what do I do?^

A. Once you have answered a question you can go the website www.GreatHunt.com  and select "Log In" on the home page. Once you log in you will be in your own personal treasure hunt journal.  This journal is for you to keep track of where you are in your quest to find the treasure. Each of the chapters in the book have a treasure map associated with that chapter.  In order to get access to the map you need to have '20 keys'.  Each key is earned by answering each of the questions correctly.

18. Q. I enter my answer into the online journal but when I hit submit answer my answer is deleted, what is happening? ^

A. This is the great part of the treasure hunt, if you enter a correct answer it will give you a key, if it is wrong it will simply erase your answer.

19. Q. I have found the red dot in one of the pictures in the Optic Cross section in the tools, how do I get the clue? ^

A. The clue will be revealed when the center emerald has the red dot exactly in the middle.  If it is in one of the other emeralds you will not be able to get the clue.

20. Q. Once I have access to the map what do I do? ^

A.  The 20 keys that you just earned are located at the bottom of the treasure map.  All you have to do is place the 20 keys in the correct order, submit your map, and that is it.  If you are correct and have met all of the requirements listed in the terms and conditions, you will be declared the winner of the treasure associated with that map. Please read the terms and conditions on how the process works.

21. Q. Where are the clues to get the correct order for the keys? ^

A. Additional clues are located on the sponsors’ web sites, in the book and in the tools section of the web site (available only after you log in with the registration code from the book). These clues will help you put the keys in the correct order in the treasure map.

22. Q. I have got the answers to all of the questions in the chapter but I just can't figure out the sequence, what do I do?   ^

A. The sequences are a bit more difficult to figure out - it will take time and some patience.  More clues will come out as the contest continues.  It is frustrating but that is what makes finding the solution to 'the treasure' so gratifying.

23. Q.  I can’t get access to the Golden Eagle Treasure map in Chapter 13 1/2, what do I do? ^

 A. Before you get access to the Golden Eagle treasure map you will need to solve all of the questions for the 12 chapters.  All of the silver eagles will have to have been found before you can access the treasure map for chapter 13 l/2.

24. Q. Where do the clues in the book lead? ^

A. The clues in the book simply lead to the solutions for the questions and the order of the keys in the map. If you are declared a winner of one of the chapters that is when you will be given an envelope containing the last leg of the journey to find the ownership certificate. Remember that you do not need to go anywhere to find anything.  Everything you need to know is at your finger tips in the book or online.

25. Q. Can I just go out and find the certificates? ^

A. No. In order to prevent people from digging up gardens or destroying property, those hunting for the treasure will not be able to simply go out and search for it at a physical location. In order to win any of the prizes, you MUST use the online treasure map submission button to send us your answer. After we have verified that you have the correct answer, you will be notified that you are correct and given the final directions to find the certificate.  Please read the terms and conditions on the web site.

26. Q. Who’s allowed to play? ^

A. Anyone who has reached the age of majority in the country they live in. Please see the Official Rules for other exclusions.

27. Q. Has a treasure hunt like this ever been done before? ^

A. Over the years there have been 4 or 5 treasure hunts in book form. Most of them seem to have been based on fairy tales but not on real treasure hunt stories. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time there has ever been a world-wide treasure hunt with one prize being worth $1 million.

28. Q.  How do I know if an eagle has been found? ^

A.  We will post it on the website and in our ENewsletter if any of the eagles have been found.

29. Q. I am the declared winner of one of the chapters, if I live in another country and the treasure is hidden in America, how can I afford to get there? ^

A. The great part of the hunt is, if you’re right, we will reimburse for travel costs for one person up to an amount of $2,500.00 US per chapter for airfare, car rental, food and lodging. (See official rules).  Again, you do not have to travel anywhere or incur any costs to play the game until you have both submitted the correct answer and been contacted by us to arrange a meeting.

30. Q. What if I can’t get off work? ^

A. We will work with you to make sure you have every opportunity to retrieve the certificate. If you cannot go yourself you can elect to send a designate. (Please see official rules)

31. Q. How long do you think the treasure hunt will last? ^

A.  We anticipate the treasure hunt will last between 8 months and three years.  Additional clues will be given out as the hunt continues.  Keep coming back to the website as there is no notification when the clues on the website are changed.

32. Q. What happens when I get the correct answer? ^

A. The first person to submit the correct answer to any one of the treasures will be notified by email that they are correct. We will make arrangements with the person to physically pick up the certificate.  When they find the certificate we will present them with the silver or gold eagle. (Please see official rules)

33. Q. I submitted my answer – how long do I have to wait before I know that I am correct? ^

A. Because of the insecure nature of the internet we have chosen to have all of the answers “offline”.  This prevents any ‘hackers’ from thinking they can break into the site and get an advantage or spoil the fun for everyone else.  Because of the strict security measures that we have implemented to make the hunt fair for everyone it will take an average of two weeks before we are able to let you know that you are correct. We know it is inconvenient but it is the only way that it can be done and guarantee a fair contest.

34. Q. How much are the prizes worth? ^

A. The silver eagles are appraised at a minimum of $20,000 US each. The golden eagle will be appraised at a minimum of $1,000,000 US.

35. Q. I read in the rules that I may not get the actual Golden Eagle if I win, is this true? ^

A. Yes.  Please remember that the main reason for the treasure hunt is to raise funds for breast cancer research.  We reserved the right to present the winner with $1,000,000 in cash instead of the eagle.  We hope that a benefactor will buy the eagle for more than a million dollars.  If this happens we will give the winner $1 million in cash and 100% of the net proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

36. Q. How can I help you raise money for breast cancer research? ^

A. We are looking for corporations, foundations, and individuals to match what we are raising for breast cancer research. If you know people who may be interested please have them contact us. 100% of all monies received from corporate sponsors go directly to breast cancer research.

37. Q. How many times am I allowed to guess the correct treasure map sequence? ^

A. You are allowed to make one guess in a 24 hour period per chapter.

38. Q. Where is the registration number located? ^

A. The number is at the top of the last or second last page of the book depending on if it is a soft cover or hardcover.

39. Q. What happens if I lose my registration number? ^

A. Your registration number is very important. Make sure you register with the number to receive your username and password. As long as you have registered you no longer need your number. After you have used the registration number in your online account the registration number will no longer be valid.

40. Q. What if I am partially right in the answer? ^

A. You need to have the exact answer to be declared the winner.

41. Q. Can I get in touch with the author in regards to the hunt or the clues? ^

A. Unfortunately due to the high volume of requests the author cannot directly reply to questers. The social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have all been set up as a dialogue between questers to hopefully help people along their way.  We will look at them from time to time and post.

42. Q.  Are there any errors in the book that I should be aware of? ^


A.    Yes, following is a list of changes we will be making in the next printing of the book.

June 2011
Table of Contents: 
Foreward should be Foreword (also on Page xiii, xiv, xv)
Chapter 2  should read San Francisco, California
Chapter 4  should read Phoenix, Arizona
Page xix – 2nd line should read: (last semi colon should not be italicized)
These questions have been drawn from many sources: movies;
Page xxii g) 1st part should read:
Once all chapter treasure maps are solved and all 240 keys publicly disclosed
Page xxiii j) 1st part should read:
After all of the treasure maps for the 12 chapters have been
Page 8 4th line  Alrighty should match line 23
Page 13 1st line should read: (last quotation was facing the wrong way)
bed” - he turned dand pointed toward the bunk in the coorner - “just  
Page 22 last paragraph spelling of grey – should be gray to be consistent.
Page 25 1st line should read: (Pirates of the Caribbean should not be there)
ql en hs? Playfair Cipher-the pass-
Page 25 Q9 - City should not be capitalized.
Page 25 Q10 should read:
nI tahw raey did eht siweL dna kralC noitidepxe retne eht etats fo notgnihsaW?  Reverse

Page 30 8th line from the bottom should read:
decide whether we were ambitious enough to search for the legendary
Page 32 Girls Version 13th line should be:
pennY? evEn....
Page 32 Guys Version 8th line should read six-and-a-half feet tall.  This will not be changed as it would effect the Baconian cipher.
Page 33 11th line from the bottom should read:
store it in a safe-deposit box.”
Page 42 Guys Version 7th line from bottom should read:
thing we need to know in the letter he left with Louie the cook."

Page 42 Girls Version 13th line from the bottom , O’Keeffe should be O’Keefe

Page 47 9th line should read:
We also knew that there was no guarantee that he might not tell
Page 48 Q2 should read:
Who is the author of the poem presented in this chapter?
Page 49 Q13 Treasure Hunt should be capitalized
Page 64 Q9  Hint should be capitalized
Page 64 Q9 2nd line should read:
Iwienja ajdpbg noi tdjwg?
Page 64 Q12 should read: (deciphered 14 at the beginning should not be there)
.-- .... .- - / .. ... / - .... . / .-.. --- .-- . ... - / .--. --- .. -. - / .. -. / - .... . / ..- -. .. - . -.. / ... - .- - . ... ..--.. /
Page 64 Q16 Pirates of The Caribbean should be in italics
Page 64 Q17 The Da Vinci Code should be in italics
Page 65 Q19 National Treasure Book of Secrets should be in italics
Page 67 – Sidebar should read:  Phoenix, Arizona  The Lost Dutchman
Page 81 7th line should read:
gah be-tas-tni a-kha ah-losz ah-nah!
Page 82 Q8 2nd and 3rd line should read:
Ih Tse-Gah Be-La-Sana D-Ah, Yeh-Hes Dibeh, Wol-La-Chee
Gah Tkin Besh-Do-Tliz Tlo-Chin Tsah Be-La-Sana’Dibeh, Klesh
Page 90 after Juin 1817 5th line should read:  (the dots should be bolded)
siana. Dees is the . . thanks I get. I lose men. Dey die for dis country.
Page 91 After Septembre 1817 2nd line should read: (dots should not be bolded)
love. I have built an empire. A true pirate utopia … Campeche!
Chapter 5 in the quotations from Jonathans’ Dads’ journal the apostrophes are unintentionally inconsistent.
Page 103 Q14 3rd line should read: (the S in South should be capitalized)
nese General who stole millions of dollars of treasure from South-
Page 104 Q17 1st line should read: (number should be plural)
Using the numbers located in the four corners of the puzzle, un-
Page 104 Q18 sports complex should not be capitalized.
Page 104 Q19 Roman should be capitalized.
Page 116 Q3 should end in a question mark.
Page 117 Q6 should read:
What historic state park in Key West has been named after a fort that has been used in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII? 
Page 117 Q8 The Atocha should be italicized
Page 128 14th line – the three dots should not be there.
Page 132 Ocracoke should consistently be spelled this way.
Page 142 6th line should read:
to guide your ship along that course.” liotdtean
Page 143 24th line should read:
“What’s happening, Swan?” tvkioXX
Page 153 23rd line should read:
a week before their father had died. XertHtrX
Page 156 14th line should read:
“Yes! Now I shall choose my new frock!” XdnXaeoX
Page 157 Q9 should read:
Rydi bf iyp tkmpfi clqqbqv qprfwdwpc bq iyp Lqbipm Fidipf?
Page 161 – Sidebar should read: Boston, Massachusetts
Page 161 28th line should read:
“And just llew eb detbuod how would you know about
Page 164 3rd line should read:
friends who wanted to learn more about Oak Island, fo gnipoleved but you
Page 174 Q4 should read:
25-10-3-22 25-3-21 25-11-14-14 22-23-20-16-7-20-21 8-3-22-10-7-20 3-14-21-17 13-16-17-25-16 3-21? (Pirates of the Caribbean) 
Page 182 34th line 1st word should read: qByron
Page 193 Q10 3rd line should read:
5Y1K985Q2? (U1S9Q5R V4 Q25 79S18859W)
Page 197 23rd line – years’ should not have apostrophe
Page 197 2nd last line should end with he instead of they
Page 202 2nd line should end with 3 dots.
Page 210 Q8 1st 2 line should read:
uH yzud KX mLH zYC un mLT Kx gl ndLp hLJ xlLrD gnd slfLCx
bfDZGdXg GfdZxjFd nJYGO.  kv hlj Zfd zTlD gL efZek gnKX
Page 221 22nd line should only have 3 dots after horse.
Page 232 29th line should read: (hyphen missing)
ter, cents-girth, super-sport, gossip-pun, superiority-lust,
Page 234 Q13 should read:
Nu2 sgt4 4gxjy jollkxktik oy g Yiuzzoyn sork lxus g yzgz0zk sork?
Page 263 12) 4th line should read: (semi-colons)
Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; New York,
In the book there are no clues before Chapter 1 or the “Terms and Conditions”. On the website there are no clues in these areas or the FAQ section.
Extra spacing or inconsistent indentations are unintentional and not clues.
The first clue you get when you “Tell a Friend” has a grammatical error that is not a clue.
The word cryptex is sometimes capitalized and sometimes not – this is not a clue.
The clue on Kevin Peters’ website will be changed to correct an error in it.
We have had a number of people asking if they can have more than one registration.  We have decided to allow 2 registrations per person, although only one silver eagle can be claimed per person.




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