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## Puzzle Assembly

Greetings on a cold, wintry night in the deep South!

I've not devoted enough time to this, but I've been playing around with some various thoughts I wanted to pass along.

There appears to be some sort of compass orientation clue on each illustration.

On p. 30, one of the clues that pop out is the compass rose. It's set up with NSEW lines, but the compass has been rotated--it's oriented in such a fashion that N is pointing east, etc. It's important to note that it's a full compass rose consisting of 8 points.

On p. 23, we have NORTH WEST at the top and SOUTH EAST at the bottom. It appears to reorient our 8-point compass.

Then, I started looking at these other illustrations.

The ones that jumped out at me:

p. 11: NE and SW are oriented east and west in the illustration
p. 17: The title of the newspaper is DOWNEAST TIMES. Down = East.
p. 19: The wheel cover of the RV has the four arrows. Extend a line from each arrow to the border. The NE line hits a blank, the SE line hits a space between the two E's, the SW line hits a blank. The NW line strikes an 'E'.
p. 32: The keystone has a W at the northern point of the semicircle.
p. 44: The cadillac wheel demonstrates the 8-point compass. 'SEE THE SEA' is a homophone which is a clue for the letter 'C'. (SEE = SEA = C)
p.47: ROUND AND ROUND/TOPSY TURVY/UPSIDE DOWN: We might just turn the circular compass upside down.

I can't imagine why we would need to know a different compass orientation on each illustration.

I'll think on it some more.

Doc

2. ## RE: Compass orientation

Hey Doc --

Perhaps the compass clues relate to the picture as if you were at the given point and looking in a specific direction.

For example: page 32 -- to see/view the keystone as depicted, you would be looking west.

I'm just grabbing at thoughts here, cuz I'm still waiting for my book to show up - might be totally off base ...

3. We agree, Doc. Compass points show up in a number of places. And speaking of compass rose....there are "rose" references on all of the following. Any ideas?
(1) the cover
(2) page 6
(3) page 10
(4) page 16
(5) page 26
(6) page 30
(7) page 40

Fur

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Furballduo,

I have a couple of ideas, but they're only 'ideas' at the moment....

1. In the epilogue of the book, we're told to 'read a second time for good measure.' This makes me consider 'measurements of time', namely hours/minutes/seconds which will correspond to a compass heading.

2. There's a universal element on ALL the illustrations: the colored stars in the corners that appear to be some odd variant of the compass star on the back cover of the book.

3. If there's some sort of compass orientation clue on each illustration, this would 'set' a value for each of those compass rose-appearing stars in the corners.

For instance, on p. 30, we would use the compass as it appears on the page. This would assign the top left star as SW, the top right star as NW, etc.

I have no idea at this point why it would be necessary to assign a direction to each star, but I like the idea of having a direction assigned to a clue that appears to be connected to a compass.

I'm getting an impression there's something about TIME in all of this as well.

1. The various clocks
2. Various dates
3. 'Downeast TIMES'.
4. The 4 x 4 square = four TIMES four
5. p. 41: '...you're going to need to climb our tallest mountain--if you have the TIME.'

'Measurements of time'.....

I'll think some more....

Doc

5. Very good ideas, all, Doc. I have only limited time on the book at the moment but I'll try to keep up with you!

Fur

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