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    Default Starz Clue Idea

    I've been trying to re-work the Starz Clue to get a better feel for how it was set-up. I've never been happy about the apparent non-use of the different colors.

    When the solution was partially disclosed, it was all about finding and anagramming the centers of each cross. However, some of the other blocks remained blank. One explanation for this was (for example), the 10th Starz cross was filled in using the word WAS on page 66 (the second word in the first paragraph). There is no letter above the A in wAs, hence, the empty North pink square in the 10th Starz cross couldn't be filled in, but that didn't matter, because all that mattered was the center letter. I think it does matter, and can be filled in:

    If you take a T-square and align it perfectly with the margin of the page, then run it along until the A in WAS is exactly above the H in HORIZON, then you can 'wrap-around' from the bottom and go up until you get to the M in MY, which is perfectly in alignment with the A and H. The M goes into the empty pink square of the 10th Starz Cross.

    Then, like the Beetle puzzle, the colored blocks are themselves potentially anagrammable. These are the Pink letters:

    O, N, M, T, H, OW, R, E

    I get "Worth One M'.

    So I think it's something I'll be working on a while, to see if there is a separate message in the Starz Puzzle that is comprised of the different colored letters. 'Worth One M' sounds promising.

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    i get "mother now" or "row on them" or "the w moron"
    "Treasure? Where?"

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    perch it looks interesting.i got roth women,and who mentor,funny one is roth thats my last name lol.
    keep up the good work ,and God bless panther

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    Actually, B.Panther, it'd been so long ago that I forgot I'd posted that.

    But looking back thru my notes, I still find it frustrating that the colors have yet had no bearing on the solution, which appears to have been anagrammed by brute force.

    On-line Clue number 2 (the original, not the Starz Clue), said, 'Here is your clue and its date!'

    Later, Renart and Pooksniffer anagrammed it to be, 'Hidden treasure clue is a toy!'

    Of course, the clue was based on the Rubik's Cube. But there's 24 anagrammed letters (jsut like in the Starz Solution), and I think it's a true, deliberate clue that was meant to be anagrammed by brute force, so there's a remote possibility that MS designed the Starz Puzzle to be anagrammed without an arranging mechanism. The rest of the Clue 2 puzzle---'there are no intentional red herrings...' seems to belie this point, however. The colors HAVE to mean something, else they'd be a big red herring.

    The green letters in the Starz Clue aren't promising---G,S,W,M,W,G,K,B,L.

    The Orange letters--D,E,T,L,S,A,K,P--are nicer. I used the wrap-around method to fill in any blanks left in the final Starz clue, by the way, as I explained in the above post to get the letter M.

    Light Blue--A,C,E,L,N,A,E

    Blue--Z,R,A,T,A,H,S,P,M,(R),B,E,M,P,A,E

    Red--L,A,(LE),S,B,D,E, ',R

    I never got anywhere with it.


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