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    Default Road trip...

    Just a note to let you know we are on our way for a road trip/hunt. Parental unit even rented a car for it. Her solve tho, so it's all good.

    Yep, it uses the grid and a key. Straight out spelling, although the direction phrase after it spells something that might be in the area, I can't prove it. In a state park--however clever that is. On the west coast. Fairy map matches an arial pic.

    I will post when we return. Hopefully with a gold bug. Wish us luck!!

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    Go get 'em!

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    Let us know asap so we can get on with our lives
    good luck

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    Happy hunting, and good luck, SummerChild and 'rent!

    Now go get that token!

    And of course, share your story when you return, even if you come up empty-handed....

    hollyhill
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    Default The solve we had...

    Just a quick note to share the solve that we came up with. Parental unit will type it out so it's explained right!

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    The key was found in the five "unused" letters at the top of the page. If you totalled how many identical blocks there were in the whole puzzle to those five, you came up with this:

    J block (pink border/green letter)...........1
    G block (blue border/red letter)..............2
    X block (yellow border/blue letter)..........3
    F block (red border/red letter)................4
    U block (green border/red letter)............5

    A pretty convincing key. Anyway, to figure out which blocks were used on the grid, we made an overlay in Photoshop of the one block that had the beetle in the wood grain. After correcting the perspective back into a rectangle, we noticed that the wood grains on either side of the beetle block formed columns. So we only used the blocks that fell into those two columns, and the arched column at the bottom. We used the border colors only because of the curling leaf on the "fairy block". If the blocks were read up to form a word (like treasures), we reversed direction to assign coordinates. Then we included the blocks where the beetle's feet were pointing (one foot points to his own block, which we took to be an indicator).

    Long story short it came to this, read clockwise around the edge of the page:

    ............................. T
    .............F......................O
    .............Y......................R
    .............O.....................D
    .............U......................S
    ......................B.....F


    That reads: FT ORD SF BUOY

    If you moved it just a smidge, the one beetle foot might actually point to a "5" block, in which case it might read: FT ORD SW BUOY

    We thought this a particularly clever hiding place because only two years ago the former military base beachline was given to the state of California to be a state park. The public has access to it, but at this time there are no facilities, and therfore no fees. There is even a very good match to the "fairy map" loop at what is to eventually be the main entrance. And coincidentally, there is a buoy in the ocean right off this SW section of the area.

    It was, however, not there.

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    Ok, SC back on the keys now....I want to tell everyone who solved this one how very cool I think it is they stuck to their solve and got on a plane to do that, because we REALLY believed Stradther when he said tokens would be found within a day's drive of anyone in the continental US, and ruled out ANTYHING east. YOU GUYS ROCK!

    Should I say it again? YOU GUYS ROCK!

    At one point on spider we came up with an east coast location, but because we believed Stradther, we ruled it out. The method we used above with the overlay flipped gave us another solve location (freaking us out that we had TWO strings that BOTH spelled out words and not jibberish), but we ruled it out because there were still no tokens on the west coast.

    Anyway, that was our very wrong solve, and I hope you guys don't think it was dumb.

    See ya!
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    Default your solve actually looks pretty good

    I don't know what I would have done in your shoes, because that solve looks pretty good. I guess that one letter might have made me hesitate a bit. I dunno.

    I still shocked that within 90 mins of seeing "Badlands" in the code that I became so convinced that I bought a ticket, rented a car and dropped everything for 3 days. But I was so convinced - which is a real testament to the terrific puzzle that MS wrote. I'm also amazed that Mark dropped everything, too.

    Anyway, I like your solve. Good luck with Pook!

    -david

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    Default Re: The solve we had...

    Quote Originally Posted by SummerChild
    Just a quick note to share the solve that we came up with...
    SummerChild, I just LOVE to read your posts! Is your "Parental Unit" available for rent? I would like to hire her to train my kids! Ha! Or at the very least, I'd like to know the secret to raising a great kid - which you seem to be.

    My children are still young (ages 6 and but I'll be grateful if they turn out to be only half as intelligent and clever as you sound. Also, it sounds like you are pretty close to your parents and quite respectful of them. Good for you. You are setting a great example for my own children - they read your Possible Beetle Solve post with me just now and they want to tell you that it sounds like you had a fun adventure even though you didn't get the token.

    And I agree with you - THOSE GUYS ROCK! Does it sound weird when an "old" person says it?

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    Default Thanks!

    I am still laughing! I will gladly rent out the unit the next time she starts screaming about cleaning my room, doing dishes, taking out the trash or feeding the animals! (Which will prolly be Saturday, still interested?)

    We really had fun on the trip though, OMG I totally forgot to tell you guys this! OMG! We like left at 9 at night and got to Marina (outside Santa Cruz) at about 1 in the morning and we go to turn in the driveway road of the Comfort Inn we booked and there's this massive fire truck blocking the driveway!

    We looked up and the hotel is on fire and smoke is pouring out of the windows on the third floor!!!! Seriously! It was bizarre and very noisy. So we went to the Motel 6 down the street and got a room and watched it all happen from the balcony. It had just happened right when we got there. Three more trucks and mega quantities of police showed up. They finally got it out but the smoke was pretty bad. We never found out what happened.

    We got up early and started searching, and eventually mom went to the planning office to find out the borders of the state park area and they were very cool and thought the treasure hunt was fun. Then afterwards when we gave up and were gonna go home, the unit got really parental and drove to Cannery Row and we did the Steinbeck thing. I have to read that next year in school. I wanted to go to the aquarium but it was packed with tourists. Packed. Like sardines. In a can. On cannery row. Ok, so ya had to be there but we laughed about that for at least fifty miles back down the 101.

    This is the first time *I* found out about a hunt and we played it together. Even though the mother unit is very VERY good at this stuff, I really know I came up with some good ideas, and that even some of my ideas that I didn't post but thought of on my own showed up in other people's posts that were adults! So I had the same ideas as they did, and that made me feel really good about my logic.

    And it doesn't sound bad when anyone says YOU ROCK! The units say that all the time. Oh yeah, I fogot to tell you that the whole "unit" thing is from this old record album of comedy my dad has....and they say it gets really old, which is exactly why I do it.



    SC
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    Default one letter

    Thanks David. And about the one letter, there is such thing as an F buoy we found on the internet and so we figured it didn't matter if it was a direction or the name of the buoy. If you pull up Fort Ord on Terraserver from the state park site you can see the loop right there. And a big tree in the spot where the fairy pointed, but it wasn't really a tree, it was one of those coast scrub pine bushes that are really ginormous wide but very flat and not much trunk for a knothole.

    What was prolly the biggest reason we went was because the string was real words and it wasn't THAT far away. I don't think mom would have driven to South Dakota because she kept saying "there still aren't any on the west coast".

    My favorite part of the solve was totally my mom's deal and that was the key. I think it is still way too much of a coincidence that the total of those kinds of blocks end up to be 12345. Very strange. Very wrong but very strange.

    It's so cool that you won!!!!! Are you still freaking out with excitement? I would be. Congratulations!

    SC
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