We all like to throw the words around... 'all the information is in the poem', which should be correctly stated as "All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem." (there is a big difference there...just saying)
But what is the context of that answer as related to the elderly bridge players question? What was f specifically answering or addressing in his response? Does that somehow change or limit the meaning which many readily apply to it with a very broad brush?
And what did f actually mean by "all the information"? It seems everyone has a spin on it with their own interpretation of what they think it means, and it frequently conflicts with other searchers interpretations, and even what f has said at other times.
I go back to the TOTC for my answer:
"So I wrote a poem containing nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure:"
The nine clues contained in the poem will lead me precisely to the chest; that is the information in the poem that I think I need to be concerned with. That is the oft repeated, very specific detail f has given us.
And what about all the other information that has been released by f? Is it helpful, critical?
- In the Rocky Mountains - critical clarification of in the mountains north of Santa Fe
- Above 5k and below 10.2k – helpful
- Not in Idaho or Utah, not in Canada – helpful
- Not in a place where a 79 or 80 year old man couldn't take it, and a place that a 3 year-old girl will need some help to get to - extremely helpful.
And there are many, many more. Although they are very beneficial, insightful, and excellent at ruling out places, things, and thoughts, none of them will provide me the precise information that I need to actually find the chest; it is those nine clues in the poem that provide me all the information I need to walk to the chest. And lest I be negligent, there's that heavily repeated emphasis by f that hints in the book will help you to figure out the clues in the poem.
What does that poem say? “So hear me all and listen good”; are we listening good to what f has told us or are we just selectively hearing what we want to hear? And just what has f said that you don't know he has said? And do you care?