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    For some time now I have gathered clues for a specific clue location. In regards to the location I have had no doubts, but have been stumped on the “specific” location within the area. So today I decided to just go and see if I could recognize anything that I may have been seeing on paper.

    After arriving at the location I walked around in non restricted public areas looking at trees and other possible hiding places. Soon, three police types (two I believe to be Fed’s) came over detained, questioned (about 45 minutes), and then escorted me off the property. In the parking lot they took all my vehicle information and then via two police cars escorted me from the property. I was shadowed for awhile after that and for quite a ways.

    For some time I had questioned myself as to whether this was really a possible hiding place, but in the end the clues just appeared too strong to ignore. The real horrible part of the story is that I was forced to explain how the clues led to the area step by step. Then they took my note sheet and page from the book. After collecting clues for over a month I felt robbed. Who knows what they will do with them? Perhaps they will tell their family.

    The concern for me is the time I have put in to get to the point I am at with the puzzle. Considering this place has not had to deal with this type of thing before I guess I was the first there, but could not continue my search to see if I could locate the token. I now hope I was wrong about the place, but I promise you that some of you will come to the same conclusion as I did. I have written M/S to see if he will answer my question as to whether he considers the place I named public. No matter he will know for sure WHY I was there.

    So, at this writing I still don’t know if I was within feet of a token or not so I will work harder at pinpointing the location in the puzzle. Maybe it will prove to be outside the hot area.

    I can tell you—based solely on the posts I have read that many don’t realize the enormity of this puzzle. There are so many twists it’s almost unbelievable that anyone could have put this together. There will be many tools needed to get close to where the tokens are hidden. Many are guessing at the locations, but it takes much, much more than a guess to solve this one. Look at all the books already sold and not one person has claimed a jewel. That speaks volumes as to what work will be needed to get close.

    By the way, I thought that I also solved the 5x5 even code. When plugged in to some areas it seems to hold up; however, even if that is true its almost impossible to piece together as anything concrete enough to be sure.

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    Default Re: Detained at Puzzle Location

    Quote Originally Posted by steverr1
    I have written M/S to see if he will answer my question as to whether he considers the place I named public.
    I obviously have no idea about the veracity of your clues, and I understand that you say you limited your search to "non-restricted public areas," but your comment about e-mailing the author indicates that there must be at least some doubt about whether or not you were searching a public place.

    It's wouldn't necessarily be odd to be questioned about walking around what *may* be a private place, then, albiet the degree to which you were questioned may be excessive.
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    if you were so close, why would they escort you off the property, make records of all your identification, and confiscate your work? MS wants people to win, that's why he's done this.

    I can't imagine he'd put one somewhere where anyone would get in trouble looking for it. that doesn't make sense. imagine if it was someone's child looking for it (it is a kid's book, after all).

    i don't know about this. you sound very sure, but the reaction of the people at this site makes it sound like you were trespassing.

    do you intend to go back and continue looking? and what about your stuff?

    and i'm sure it's a very difficult puzzle, or he wouldn't have given us 3 years to figure it out.

    wow, all in all, that's a pretty adventurous outing! very exciting!

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    oh boy.... here we go

    why post this if you aren't going to be specific?

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    OMG... I did Area 51 too...
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    when your imagination is out of focus."
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    I can't imagine that the tokens would be anywhere near a place that would be "security" people there to detain you.

    So giving them your info probably won't help *them*.

    Any place close enough to a landmark such as the White House, the Arch in St. Louis, etc. (anything that could be considered a "terrorist target"), will have security people.

    Especially if you look like you might be "looking for hiding places".

    I'm sorry you had to go through that, but I'm awfully glad you posted your experience so it will help others.

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    i have to agree with others ... a post this vague doesn't really help anybody ... there's no way we can agree that you were in a public place or even acting non suspiciously unless we know what you were looking at and where ... but regardless i also agree you went through what sounds like a lot of harrassment ... i hope you got their badge numbers!

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    Thanks Cat 957.. You are right as to why I posted in the first place..

    A little more of the story..


    I was looking in a place that could be considered a terrorist target, but in a non restricted part. Why was I there? Because there is a picture of a person that can only work at this type of place in the book. That’s right, a picture. Not only a picture but another picture of the service rendered at only this type of place.

    In fact, the picture is so complete that it cannot..Repeat..Cannot be mistaken for anything else. In addition there are specific references that cannot be mistaken as reference to anything else. Finally there is an object picture in the book that absolutely has to come from this place as it is specific to only its type of service. And..that is only the beginning...

    However, looking back it is possible that the place is only a reference point and not the place for the token. Yet it’s hard to overlook when it’s accessible to everyone including those with disabilities and it’s a public place in one area and Highly restricted in another. I think that the security just got carried away as they had never encountered anything like this before. Actually I agree with them about looking suspicious and I didn’t mind getting detained. It was just that I had to disclose and lose my papers that bothered me. I also had to tell them exactly what token I was looking for and my opinion was -that it was one near the top of the value chain. With that said perhaps they won’t mention what clues I disclosed to them, but I would not bet on it as I have seen money do strange things to all sorts. One in particular seemed impressed with my clues and was too curious about everything for my sake.

    In reply to one post I wrote M/S not to complain but to alert him in case he may want to offer another clue as where not to go or just be aware of what can go wrong. I am sure he had legal counseling before the book was published, but he really did include a picture of the place in T/T.. I don’t see him getting into any trouble because when you get down to it no laws were broken. If some are hidden at these type of locations in time security will just shadow those at the site. In my case I was simply the first and they had too much reaction, and unbelievably none of the officers has heard of the puzzle.

    Will I go back to the place? Yes, if I can ascertain specific location such as Lat/Long that can take me within feet of the token. Then I will check in with security and ask them to follow me if they wish and see if I can find it that way. However, my days of just going to any location without specific location are over.

    In the end I have no one to blame for today’s events other than myself. I just wanted to alert you to think out any location before you run blindly to a questionable place like I did. I think M/S would appreciate that as well.


    Steve

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    Rusful as a crop duster or similar on page 58?
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    In fact, the picture is so complete that it cannot..Repeat..Cannot be mistaken for anything else. In addition there are specific references that cannot be mistaken as reference to anything else. Finally there is an object picture in the book that absolutely has to come from this place as it is specific to only its type of service. And..that is only the beginning...


    This is driving me crazy! anyone know what hes talking about??
    he must have gone to DC?? or a major city/monument...

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