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    I like GB's idea about the two strings of numbers on p.11 matching the two sets of letters we picked out from the crossword. Here are some possible connections I see between them...

    1. The balloon caption shows a gravestone with (I think) a name beside the dates. I think the two number strings are a first and last name. And the missing part of the picture on the crossword is the person on the horse. It looks like we're supposed to find out who the person is. Probably the same as the name on the headstone.

    2. The "SS x ss" in bold, and the circles diagram, is placed in between the two number strings--as if its purpse there is to explain how to go about solving the numbers. The "SS" and "ss" has to somehow relate to the title of the crossword, "Saloon Song" (at least). The larger "SS" seems to refer to the 12-number string, and could also refer to the 12 letters marked by arrows we found in "Saloon Song". Notice the larger "S" in the circle has an arrow pointing to it, like the 12 letters marked by arrows in "Saloon Song". The smaller "ss" seems to refer to the 10-number string, and maybe the 10 letters from the 10 holes in "Saloon Song". (I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I couldn't resist looking up the "Courier" font of these "S"s. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the larger "S" is 12 points--font size--and I think the smaller "s" is 10 points. I'll check it again, I could be wrong about that. And maybe I read too much into font sizes.)

    Another observation or two on this: 10 letters seems too long for a first name, and 12 letters seems too long for a last name. It seems like maybe both have to be split in half somehow. From "SS" we are supposed to get "S" (shown in one circle), and from "ss" we are supposed to get "s" (shown in another circle). Also, it seems weird that the neither set of 10 and 12 letters from "Saloon Song" has an E in them. They don't seem to fit the normal English frequency, so it looks to me like some kind of substitution has to be done to those letters. On p. 11, he says something about "make-shift saddlebag". The word should be "makeshift", not "make-shift". So maybe some kind of shift? One thing I was thinking...maybe the 10 numbers somehow tell us how to shift the 10 letters, and the 12 numbers tell us how to shift each of the 12 letters...? I've tried doing some things, but nothing works yet.

    Anyway, thanks for this idea, GB, it's getting me on some new convoluted track!

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    Oh, I forgot to say, yes, I was referring to the long skinny puzzle piece below the word diamonds", not above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    who says each line is unique? what if we add the II to the top line?

    Born 1833
    Died 1896

    Alfred Nobel - Dynamite and Peace Prize
    Charles Allison - Civil War soldier from Alabama
    I found a different Alfred from another clue, maybe we have something here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erexere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    who says each line is unique? what if we add the II to the top line?

    Born 1833
    Died 1896

    Alfred Nobel - Dynamite and Peace Prize
    Charles Allison - Civil War soldier from Alabama
    I found a different Alfred from another clue, maybe we have something here.
    Hi Erexere!

    Just a clarification on the roman numeral date on p. 11.

    MDCCCXXXI = 1831... NOT 1833.

    I'm going along with Genetic Blend's previous post on this date. I think this is correct.

    There is a prominent figure listed with his DOB and DOD here in Wisconsin. However, I don't think at this person has much to do with the treasure location. Not Cowboy enough.

    Please do not waste your time on a wrong date. A cowboy's life is too short.

    Git along doggies. Lovin' this hunt.

    Beth

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    Hmm, if the 30B code wraps around to the next line due to center justification, then why doesn't the II wrap around from the first line to the second as well?

    I say 1833.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman View Post
    Hmm, if the 30B code wraps around to the next line due to center justification, then why doesn't the II wrap around from the first line to the second as well?

    I say 1833.
    PM / Beth - The 1833 was from my quote, and I agree with Pianoman. The II wraps into the next line, otherwise the OB and NAT don't make sense..

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    I recognized the dates since I was just researching the history of the Nobel Prize. I can't recall why I was doing so...must've been another treasure hunt I was working on.

    To all you folks who work on lots of treasure hunts at the same time,
    How do you keep track? There are all kinds of parallels and intersecting threads. I just got done working out my theory about multiple Charlies (not related to this hunt)...which is why I suspected the multiple Alfreds.
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    I finally finished the crossword.

    The scattered picture segments being incomplete when reassembled gives me an idea.

    The 10x black squares floating around seem independent of the crossword and suggest that we look for 10 letters that are separate from something.

    the "SS x ss" still eludes me, maybe it has to do with the bubbles.

    Pages 11 and "smiley" remind me of the game of twister. Right now my Medulla Oblongata is reaching over its Cerebellum which is reaching for a gold hued circle just between the Broca and Wernicke sections. (ouch!).

    This might be spoiler, it's more of a breakdown, but just to be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by erexere View Post
    I finally finished the crossword.

    The scattered picture segments being incomplete when reassembled gives me an idea.

    The 10x black squares floating around seem independent of the crossword and suggest that we look for 10 letters that are separate from something.

    the "SS x ss" still eludes me, maybe it has to do with the bubbles.

    Pages 11 and "smiley" remind me of the game of twister. Right now my Medulla Oblongata is reaching over its Cerebellum which is reaching for a gold hued circle just between the Broca and Wernicke sections. (ouch!).

    This might be spoiler, it's more of a breakdown, but just to be safe
    I say there Eric, you are a mere 3 posts from the big 500. Share something more simple so your mind doesnt explode. I am a simple man so when I bake a layered cake, it try not to mess too much with tried and true recipes.
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    Okay, I'm working through my fear of solving puzzles.

    I've been working on Cowboy, TCWAF, Silver Key, and trying to get my head around the Maranatha disaster all at the same time. If I don't solve a puzzle soon, I'm either going to be an exploding imp or an imploding ex... My wife told me I should buy a plane ticket today and go see if one of my hunches is right...(I think she's moved past being frustrated with me or she's looking forward to not hearing my treasure babble for the duration of my absence.)

    I feel like I'm on the verge of getting through this puzzle. I'm just not sure when my brain will come to its senses.
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