Clues to puzzle's solution
First posted 2 November 2002 at 0124 GMT
Last updated 9 December 2002 at 2124 GMT
REDMOND, Washington — Since the puzzle began in January, 2001, the
puzzle creator has provided several major clues to its solution.
Not a hoax
One of the most important clues is that the States List Puzzle is not
Because many researchers spent so much time without success in
searching for a solution, some began to wonder if the puzzle was merely
a hoax. Some suggested, for example, that the list may be simply a
random list of state names with no significance. Others suggested
that the "solution" may be a list of state names so personal to the
puzzle creator (e.g., the order in which the puzzle creator
first visited the states), that there is no meaningful opportunity for
researchers to identify the solution.
However, the puzzle creator verifies that that puzzle is not a hoax
and that the list if not so personal or insignificant that there is no
meaningful opportunity for researchers to find the correct solution.
There are several additional major clues to the solution of the
States List Puzzle.
The purpose of the puzzle is to raise funds for charitable purposes,
which is the reason for the significant prize, which is offered to the
first person to correctly solve the puzzle. In order to encourage
charitable contributions by those attempting to solve the puzzle, the
complete list of clues will be emailed to participants upon