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    Default A Stretch

    Let me preface this by saying that I know it is a stretch- and I have no logical reason for choosing Michigan other then the fact that the author published the book here and I believe this to be the most convienient solution.

    Although the Sun rises in the East
    Low lands will have frost
    Tomorrow is another day
    Over and over again
    (The city of ALTO)

    If your clock stops,
    Watch someone elses.
    (You are looking for a place that opens and closes, which is why you need to watch the clock)

    Hands are helpful,
    But a shovel works best.
    (Digging)

    Chose a City, then proceed to this rhyme,
    (Take Alto, then look at a map)
    Miss Muffet’s meal didn’t cost a dime.
    (Freeway)
    Travel 3 leagues plus 2/3 more west,
    (meant as a miles conversion, 3 leagues = 9, 2/3 = 6... I take this to mean from Alto, take 96 West)
    Before you decide to exit and rest.
    (In 1982, what was included as 96 is today what is also called 196. With this in mind, you come within a mile of Ah Nab Awen Park, which translated means "Resting Place")

    In your quest,
    Do not rest long.
    Your hunt ends,
    Where your return begins.
    (At the end of the park, there is a place with benches that is a big circle which makes you come back around - put in in the year 1974)

    Seek a presage
    to give you a clue.
    Three are 2's and
    Two are 3's.
    (unknown- nothing I saw distinct at the park)

    Some trees have leaves,
    And some have needles,
    At this point in time,
    They all look like hay stacks.
    (The park has pine trees as well as trees with leaves- it is indeed a needle in a haystack)

    That which
    you've seen to be so,
    Use a map
    In the rain, wind, or snow.
    (unknown- perhaps a reference to the post office which is just down the street)

    Your Quest draws nearer
    So don't get to smart.
    In order to retrieve,
    You must first construct
    (unknown)

    From the remainder,
    Locate the Omphalos.
    Man has two feet,
    So look that far down
    (unknown)

    Graviety is important,
    So don't treat it lightly.
    (could be a reference to the "Man in Space" statue, which is technically part of the Ford Museum which is on the same grounds. EDIT: The statue was not dedicated to the museum until 1984, so this might not be relevant)
    A car has two headlights,
    Discard the two dimist.
    (unknown)

    Friends are caring,
    But gossip will spread.
    Don't let it bother you,
    or go to your head.
    (unknown)

    Some stars at night,
    Rest on the horizon.
    Be very quiet or
    you might wake one up.
    (could be a reference to the Indian Burial mounds found within the park)

    Overall, I think it could have been a viable solution for the puzzle. However, it is obvious that the park has been changed many, many times over the past years. It is entirely possible that, if this was the solution, it may be next to impossible to solve it today.

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    About the line with the word Omphalos,

    From the remainder (unknown)
    Locate the Omphalos (locate the center)
    Man has two feet
    So look that far down (Dig down two feet)
    There is more money buried in the earth than there is in currency today.

    -Edward Fitzgerald

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    http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/relea...ry.php?id=1776

    Read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This could be our answer to why Cassiopeia is in the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
    There is more money buried in the earth than there is in currency today.

    -Edward Fitzgerald

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    I don't get it reg - why is this relevant?
    "...it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve."

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    Default letters in the book

    I'm not sure if the letters are mentioned any where on this forum, but one anagram spells out "erie cropland". That could be something.

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    Default nevermind..

    the letters represent "place in order"....for the poem sequence, i just remembered that....sorry

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    FB,

    I think the link said something about, the Cassiopeia Constellation, being directly above michigan. But maybe I'm mistaken.

    I firmly believe it to be hidden in the Twin Cities, cuz, the line and picture,

    If you clock stops (indicating to look at the clock)
    Watch someone elses (???)
    Hands are helpful (the clock hands are helpful to solve the puzzle)
    But a shovel works best (tells you to dig)

    The hands are pointing at 12, and 52, those highways intersect at St. Paul Minnesota. Travel those leagues and stuff, and you're in Minneapolis.

    Remember, in the story, when it said that there was a Prairie Grass Pass? Well, there is a Prairie Grass Drive, south of Minneapolis, exactly 16 miles west of Apple Valley.

    We're gettin' there!

    -regulus
    There is more money buried in the earth than there is in currency today.

    -Edward Fitzgerald

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    Reg-
    Nice to have you on board on my theory solution.

    Haven't posted it in full because I still am holding out some hope of
    searching it.

    16 miles south pf ST Paul is Apple Valley

    11 miles west of St paul (3 leagues) is Golden Valley.

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