Correct Card: Pablo Sandoval (Card #111 Base Set) led to Giant Panda (recovery)
Incorrect Card: Kaspar Hauser (Volume 111 of Journal of Medicine)
Kaspar Hauser is one of those mysterious figures that, unless you ever had to write a paper on him, you would likely have never heard of. Kaspar was rumored to be royalty and was stabbed at a young age after spending a long time locked up. The interesting connection with Hauser is his mirror writing. It was completely logical in my mind for Kaspar Hauser to be the Keeper of the Code. Mirrors played a role this year in the code and Hauser was a mirror code writer, seems logical to me. Plus, if you look in volume 111 of some journal of medicine you will find reference to a disorder that involves people like Hauser.
Correct Card: Thomas Dewey (114 "Margin" Loss to Harry Truman in 1946 election)
Incorrect Card: Fulcanelli
Fulcanelli was an alchemist and was rumored to have lived to be 114 years old. The most mysterious piece of the 114 years is that it was the last time he was seen by one of his students, not necessarily to recorded death. It is widely known in the alchemist world that 114 is associated with Fulcanelli. I think a few folks had this same connection.
Correct Card: The Poe Toaster (Edgar Allen Poe's Birthday 1/19)
This one we had from the start. I was intrigued by The Poe Toaster's story and it is disappointing that he doesn't visit the grave site any longer to "toast" Poe on his birthday. This was a pretty easy connection using the Rollins clue about confusing the day for the hour and the hour for the day.
Correct Card: Dr. Watson (Address of Sherlock Holmes was 221B)
Incorrect Card: (220) The Man in the Iron Mask
I know a lot of you had the same issue with this time as we did. Many of us were convinced for months that it was 2:20 and not 2:21. We made the connection to MIIM through the length of the famous Bastaille prison in France (220ft) where he was held captive. Also, the banquet hall that is there now seats 220. I know this one is kind of a stretch, but when you are convinced all ten cards come from the same subset you will make the connections you think work best for those ten cards.
Correct Card: Archimedes (pi 3.14)
Incorrect Card: Count of St. Germaine
Prior to thinking the cards were all part of the WMMF subset I had Archimedes as my connection to 3:14, but I abandoned that when I fealt the subset was the entire 10 cards.
This one is still the one I was most convinced of. St. Germaine was the inspiration for the "I Am" church. This is also when I thought the lines of the poem lined up with their respective lines in the poem. 3:14 lined up with "Now you stand at the First Point of Aries". The first point of Aries is actually in Pisces, but more importantly it is nicknamed the "I Am" constellation. Pretty deep connection and I think you can see why I was convinced he was correct at the time.
Correct Card: The Amityville Haunting (3:15 was the "time" the father got up every morning and went out to the boat house)
Incorrect Card: The Babushka Lady (Frame 315 of the Zapruder Film is when Kennedy isfatally shot by Oswald)
This one is pretty self explanatory. It is an interesting connection that worked for what we thought we were trying to connect.
Correct Card: The White House (16:00 Pennsylvania Avenue)
Incorrect Card: Captain Charles Johnson
The picture used on this card was not actually Captain Charles Johnson. It was a picture of a pirate that CCJ wrote a book about. This particular pirate has been given credit to sinking 400 ships during his career. Again, easy to see why we thought that was a good connection.
Correct Card: Tazmanian Devil (Foreign State, Country Code Australia 613)
Incorrect Card: Rasputin (Restaurant in Ottawa, which also uses a country code of 613)
This one is another that makes logical sense. For a couple reasons. The 617 Boston Baked Beans clue made us aware of needing some sort of area code connection. What else is cool is the references that connect Rasputin to some biblical verses. Matthew 6:13 says, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil". Rasputin lived by the idea that one must face temptation to overcome all evil. It is a stretch of a connection, I know. But you can see how we made the connection to him through multiple sources. Each of these alone isn't enough to convince me, but together they made me certain we were right.
7:27 and 9:42 we had from the beginning, just like Poe Toaster. I am interested in hearing other connections some of you made to the times. I had a lot of fun doing this, probably the best part of the code for me. Please leave your ideas in the comments, it will be fun to see what you thought.