The race is on to find the final emerald-studded number from the treasure hunt children’s book, Clock Without a Face.  Over the past seven months, treasure seekers have found eleven of the twelve numbers buried at highway rest areas across the United States.  And the final hidden number, the twelve, is rumored to be more valuable than all the other numbers combined.

Each of the numbers was once a part of a priceless (and rumored cursed) clock named the Emerald Khroniker.  According to legend, the clock was built by a pirate named Friendly Jerome.  The greedy pirate looted twelve different cities in twelve different countries, and stripped a jeweled number from each city’s grandest clock for the Emerald Khroniker.  The most valuable number, the twelve, is thought to have been stolen from the tomb of an Egyptian king.  It wasn’t long before thieves stole this valuable clock from Friendly Jerome.   The clock was then stolen again and again, until it ended up in the hands of its most recent owner, Bevel Ternky.  The Emerald Khroniker was not stolen from Ternky; instead thieves ingeniously pried off the numbers and buried each one in a separate location.

Within a month of the book’s release, treasure hunters deciphered the clues that led them to eight of the numbers in eight different states – Florida, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut and California.  Since then, three more have been found, but the number twelve is still buried in the ground somewhere, waiting to be found.

On May 25th, I found one of the numbers myself, an emerald-studded silver beauty.  I had read the book several times with my daughter, but the puzzle-cracking grind was a bit too much for a seven-year-old.  She cheered me on and hoped that I would find her lucky number seven.  With help from a group of Unfiction treasure hunters, I pinpointed the location of the number seven to just 30 miles from my home in Indiana.

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