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    Quote Originally Posted by spiggan View Post
    Domino's just recently hinted about how to format this word-search (unless I am really misreading it) and last night I was trying to figure something out. The tweet directed us to the website (unless I am really mistaken) and now there is something new and strange coming up now on the website. He mentioned on "the Cowboy" thread a little while ago, "Perspective is crucial, not key". I think I might see what he's getting at. Do you see the same thing?

    FoxyKeys, I also prefer history to math anyday!
    Spiggan,

    I see a couple of new things on the website, but I am not making any connections as to how perspective relates to the wordsearch or any of the surrounding letters, numbers and brands, and scribbles. What are you seeing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by spiggan View Post
    Domino's just recently hinted about how to format this word-search (unless I am really misreading it) and last night I was trying to figure something out. The tweet directed us to the website (unless I am really mistaken) and now there is something new and strange coming up now on the website. He mentioned on "the Cowboy" thread a little while ago, "Perspective is crucial, not key". I think I might see what he's getting at. Do you see the same thing?

    FoxyKeys, I also prefer history to math anyday!
    Spiggan,

    I see a couple of new things on the website, but I am not making any connections as to how perspective relates to the wordsearch or any of the surrounding letters, numbers and brands, and scribbles. What are you seeing?
    Before you folks go drifting on a tangent based on what I said, let me just tell you that what I said was directly related to the Twitter hint (5:06 PM Jan 1st via web @dominoadventure) and nothing else.

    You guys read into me very hard.I have been changing up the website not for clues and hints but more for appeal to newcomers. Alas, I knew if I added a new html, page or widget, that folks would think it related to the book as some form of hint. Not so. However, when I added the "card table scene" awhile back, it IS a puzzle in and of itself. But dont let that distract you from the book and other challenges you may face.

    Either folks are sitting on info or I have underestimated how quickly someone would have some good, solid State guesses by now...with reasoning and solves from the book to prove it. I guess this is why hunt creating is so hard...and art AND a science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiggan View Post

    FoxyKeys, I also prefer history to math anyday!
    Well then, this is the right book for you both! (WINK)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by spiggan View Post

    FoxyKeys, I also prefer history to math anyday!
    Well then, this is the right book for you both! (WINK)

    MATH SUCKS
    Shoot, I like math so no wonder I'm always getting off on the wrong track!

    I'll throw out my idea on the hint anyway. It appears that the wordfind is in the lovely monospaced font COURIER. So perhaps we are looking for some historical clue (as FoxyKeys has been studying) related to that word. Initial thoughts are methods or folks related to delivering items (e.g. Pony Express, Wells Fargo, "iron horse" railroad) or perhaps a newspaper name.

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    Thanks for pointing out it's Courier font, the old typewriter font. I was looking it up just now. The letters are all exactly the same width in this font, unlike most modern fonts. For that reason, it's often used nowadays for things that require exact spacing and column alignment, like word searches. I'm thinking that is probably why it's used here.

    Domino's hint on Twitter says, "Wordfind. See how I formatted the letters. Cowboytreasure.com." Hmmn. Notice that "format" is just another word for "arrangement", as in, "he made certain arrangement to tell his story."

    There is something weird about the word search spacing. He should have made the letters evenly spaced. The letters in the rows have two spaces between them, but if you look down the columns, there is only a single space between letters down each column. Why is this? It would have been just as easy for him to double-space there too. The word search box should have been evenly square. Now I'm thinking he squashed the letters into a rectangle!

    Did Cowboy run out of space on his notepad? "The greatest problem with grand ideas was simply getting them down on paper." So what came out was unreadable. Maybe we're supposed to justify the row spacing with the column spacing to make this word search readable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiggan View Post
    Did Cowboy run out of space on his notepad? "The greatest problem with grand ideas was simply getting them down on paper." So what came out was unreadable. Maybe we're supposed to justify the row spacing with the column spacing to make this word search readable?
    Or alternatively, maybe something is supposed to fill in the blank columns?

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    Has anyone else got the straight simple solve on the wordsearch? There is a simple "arrangement" where you do actually get a number of words to read out which gives clues to states, songs, cities, etc. But in typical fashion, I am second guessing this now as I know Domino is a clever puzzle setter, so maybe there is actually more here.....

    just sayin'

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    I (for one) haven't found yet what you're referring to. I'm just overlooking it, I guess. Maybe the "simple arrangement" you have is right? I read earlier on this thread that someone found a "song" referring to a state, and that sounded like it would be right, and I was trying to figure out what they did to get that. I'll look at it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    Has anyone else got the straight simple solve on the wordsearch? There is a simple "arrangement" where you do actually get a number of words to read out which gives clues to states, songs, cities, etc. But in typical fashion, I am second guessing this now as I know Domino is a clever puzzle setter, so maybe there is actually more here.....

    just sayin'
    I've found that too. I was assuming there was another level here and that was the reason for a hint, but maybe that is a poor assumption.

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    This is going through my head at the moment...I don't know if it holds any water or not. I'm wondering if this "arrangement" could be a columnar transpostion based on a certain key word, key phrase or key number. The key might have 10 letters or 10 numbers, and we could rearrange columns 1-10 of the word-search box according to the order shown in the key. At first I was thinking maybe it was a key phrase. "Tweleve dot org" comes up twice in this page, so I thought maybe it could be the key phrase. But it has only 9 letters, so maybe not. I thought maybe "cowboy treasure", since Domino had those words in the Twitter hint, but it has 11 letters, one letter too many.

    The pencil on the previous page has those 11 numbers under it. Here's something I tried that I don't think can be a coincidence! Or maybe it is, but it's weird...First I wrote those 10 Red Rock numbers (7476862375) backwards, evenly spaced, into the long horizontal empty box provided on the pencil itself (not including the #1, because it's on the point of the pencil, not under the box). I started with #7 on the point end and ended with #2 on the eraser end (next to the numbers printed on the pencil). Then I xeroxed it and cut out the pencil. Now, see the long scribble line on the page, where the scribble line starts on the upper left meanders around and around until it finally ends on the right? I put the point end of the pencil where the scribble line starts at top left, and laid the pencil across the top of the word-search box so that the numbers on the pencil go from left to right. ...you will notice that the 10 numbers across the pencil fit exactly over where the column numbers would go across the word-search box.

    The numbers also fit across the columns of the word-search box if you put the point of the pencil where the scribble line stops on the right, and lay the pencil across the other direction horizontally.

    Couldn't be coincidence... or could it? I guess I'll play around with trying to arrange the columns according to these numbers and see if I can find any words in there. I might get just gibberish again, but it wouldn't hurt to try.

    (By the way, on p. 30 where these same numbers appear again, they are just below the mysterious characters-- "B. L K U E N I. I"-- and these are 10 characters if you include the two dots.)

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