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    Default Welcome to The Library ... and "Maze," by Manson

    Thanks to destructo for creating this forum. For a week or so now I've been telling him that we should have a place on Tweleve to share other books and stories that are related to treasure hunting -- and hopefully relevant to ATT. Another benefit to having all these books listed in one place is that, should you want to go buy any of them, you can just link to Amazon via Tweleve, and in doing so help destructo and cthree earn a few pennies.

    I know that most people are going to be hesitant to donate any money to Tweleve outright. But if you're like me, caught up in the feverish enthusiasm of the hunt, then you have probably bought or thought about buying at least one or two secondary books (I just got TREASURE and MAZE in the mail). In the future, it's really no sweat off ours backs to link to Amazon through this site (in the future destructo may create a static Library page, but for now you should just click on any Amazon link on Tweleve’s homepage, and then search for your book from there). It's Just giving back to the community, if only in a small way.

    As for the kinds of books we should be adding to The Library thread, well, nothing should be off limits. Poe, Doyle, Carroll, Kit Williams -- anything that might be of interest to your fellow treasure hunters.

    Now, I'm hardly an expert on the aforementioned two titles (seeing as how I just got them and all), but I'll give a brief review of MAZE as an example of the type of posts that could be useful here. I hope Mark Parry will write something on TREASURE, as he was the one that first pointed out the similarities between it and ATT (thus convincing me to purchase it).

    MAZE: A RIDDLE IN WORDS AND PICTURES, by Christopher Manson (1985)
    Manson's book is basically a long illustrated riddle, with each pencil-drawn picture page depicting a room with multiple doorways. As the author says in the prologue, "This is not really a book. This is a building in the shape of a book ... a maze. Each numbered page depicts a room in the Maze. The doors in each room lead to other rooms." The first goal for readers is to determine the shortest path in and out of the Maze. To do this requires creating a "connectivity matrix," which helps you to deduce the quickest route (you can see this solution here). And as if that wasn't mind-bending enough, then comes part two, figuring out the master riddle. To do this you need to first find the riddle on p. 45, and then decode the Woodrow Wilson quote (also on p. 45), then go back along the quickest route and, identifying the various clues, to construct the answer to the riddle. The final acceptable solutions to the riddle were "The World, Earth, or Globe." I have a sneaking suspicion that this solution may somehow be connected to ATT -- either in the method that Manson used (hopping back and forth between page numbers to give you pieces of a patchwork riddle) or in the actual solution word.

    If you're interested in trying to tackle the MAZE online, there's a website with an interactive version of the book here. If nothing else, you'll probably get a kick out of seeing some of our beloved tools on the front page of the site (and the title page of Manson's book).


    I hope some other people will volunteer some of their favorites. Obviously older out-of-print books like MASQUERADE might be prohibitively expensive for people to purchase through Amazon, but it would still be great to get reports on them -- especially from those who own the books and have worked on them at length. Nothing has inspired me more on this hunt than reading about Egbert's successful location of one of the SECRET casques (see Cleveland plain dealer article here), and I for one would love to see his thoughts on that book.

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    Another great puzzle book is MAZE by Christopher Manson. It is out of print, but I found one on Amazon. My sister and I pored over it as children without ever finding the path, it was way over our heads at the time, so now we're going to try again. The Directions state, "This is not really a book. This is a building in the shape of a book...a maze." It is a very confounding puzzle, and makes me look for new things in ATT, or look for different meanings. Let me know if you've seen it, or what you think!

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    Hey, I just posted about MAZE under Cat's message before I read yours. I had it as a child and just got it again to help me get a new mindset for ATT.
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    A couple of days ago, I won one of these on an ebay auction (only 6 bucks with shipping... should receive it soon). Sounds fun!
    Over 1,000 miles travelled in search of 1 token.

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    Currently working on: Firefly, beetle.

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    That was an interesting exercise, although I'd say without the solution I'd never have figured out the riddle or its solution. Thanks for the link, TM.
    Over 1,000 miles travelled in search of 1 token.

    Tokens found: zero. (no, I don't expect I'll have to edit this)

    Currently working on: Firefly, beetle.

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