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    Default Masquerade - by Kit Williams

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    "For three years, treasure-seekers from both sides of the Atlantic sought a quackquackquackquackquackquackquackquack golden hare buried by artist Kit Williams. Williams had devised an unusual guide to the hare's whereabouts: a multilayered riddle that he told in a fairy tale of his own imagining, and presented in dazzling, cryptic, paintings.

    When the hare was finally unearthed by a British engineer, many were left wanting to know exactly how the clues worked out. In this paperback reprint of Masquerade, the author supplies an illustrated preface that pulls the strings, finds the goal, and points to what's important: the village chemist's daughter, the atomic weight of the elements, the shadows of the equinox, Henry VIII's first wife. Williams explains how numbers and colors correspond to the intricate ballet, and how the eyes really do see the answer. And of course, here are the magical pages that tell the tale of Jack the hare, and his journey to the sun. They are still there to discover, ponder, rediscover. And understand at last."

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    Book Without a Name

    "This "Book Without a Title" actually does have a title. It is up to the reader to discover what that title is. Basing your judgment upon clues provided in the text and illustrations, it is your goal to discover the intended title. Unfortunately, the contest associated with this quest ended long ago. The contest, as defined by the author, was to first discover the title then express that title "without using the written word." The prize was the object pictured on the cover of the book: an intricately inlaid bee-box with a bejeweled queen bee ornament. My assumption is that this prize was awarded back in 1985, as the back cover copy suggests. That is not to say that this book is not worth finding. The illustrations are breathtaking in their clarity; the text is lighthearted and quirky."

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    Default Quest for the Golden Hare

    The Quest for the Golden Hare by Bamber Gascoigne (1983) is an account of the Masquerade hunt.

    The author describes hiding the treasure with Kit Williams. He also interviewed lots of treasure hunters about their experience. The book includes a very detailed description of the Masquerade solution and it describes how the treasure was found.

    I thought it was a great and comprehensive account of the entire Masquerade phenomenon and the stories from the hunt are fascinating. I don't know if it will really help with the ATT hunt, but it is great reading. I think it is out of print, but amazon lists copies at the link above. I found it at the public library last year and then I later bought an old copy on-line somewhere.

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    Does Gascoigne go into detail about the solution to MASQUERADE? I've posted before about how when I try and do the whole line-from-eye-through-longest-finger thing, I'm not getting the master riddle that is supposedly there. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, or maybe you're not supposed to draw lines for *every* creature, but it really bothers me that the solution doesn't appear to be airtight. If the Gascoigne book has illustrations, showing how the solution works, I'd buy the book in a second.

    In case you don't know what I'm talking about, there is one website with a purported example of how you draw the lines to create the master riddle words:


    Notice, though, that lines aren't drawn through two of the hare's paws and two of the mouse's feet. If you do that, you get four more letters -- and nothing that you can anagram logically.

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    The solution to Kit Williams untitled book (aka "Book Without a Name," aka "The Bee Book") is so wonderfully simple that I can't help but wonder if MS might have coopted it for at least one of his puzzles.

    Due to all the problems that Williams had with Masquerade, where everyone and their mother went out with a shovel to dig up the English countryside, he decided to minimize damage to the environment with his follow-up. The goal of the untitled book is to figure out the title, and the prize was a beautiful inlaid box with a titled version of the book inside. I know, not really in the same league as the Golden Hare -- but then, the solution was much easier, too.

    All you have to do is find all of the hidden animals in the picture pages, and take the last letter from the animals' names. Sequentially, they spell out "THE BEE ON THE COMB." One of the coolest twists of this hunt was that the winner couldn't simply write down his answer, send it to Williams and collect the prize; instead, he had to convey the title of the book without written words. The winner was Steve Pearce, whose entry is every bit as cool looking as the book itself.



    By the way, is it just me or does the honeycomb pattern on the cover of THE BEE ON THE COMB look an awful lot like the bee maze in the CB? I know, I know, there are no direct clues in the CB. But it's weird still.

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    That is pretty cool.

    I am really glad I stumbled into this neat hobby through the Today show.

    I can wait to start reading all these other books on January 1, 2008!
    Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

    ~ Samuel Johnson

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    This is all very fascinating. I remember reading Masquerade as a kid... there is no way I could have figured it out (even as an adult!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by turkeymonkey
    Does Gascoigne go into detail about the solution to MASQUERADE? I've posted before about how when I try and do the whole line-from-eye-through-longest-finger thing, I'm not getting the master riddle that is supposedly there. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, or maybe you're not supposed to draw lines for *every* creature, but it really bothers me that the solution doesn't appear to be airtight. If the Gascoigne book has illustrations, showing how the solution works, I'd buy the book in a second.

    In case you don't know what I'm talking about, there is one website with a purported example of how you draw the lines to create the master riddle words:


    Notice, though, that lines aren't drawn through two of the hare's paws and two of the mouse's feet. If you do that, you get four more letters -- and nothing that you can anagram logically.
    Gascoigne goes into great detail about the solution and about how Kit Williams hid each clue in each picture. Gascoigne's book goes into much more detail than the official solution book put out by Williams (which only has a one-page answer).

    Re: your question about the other lines- the way to solve the puzzle is to draw the lines from the right eye to the right finger/foot and the left eye to the left finger/foot. If one of the eyes is not showing in the picture, then you do not use the corresponding foot or finger to draw a line. In the picture in your post, the person is showing both eyes and both fingers (but no feet) so there are two lines. The rabbit is showing one eye, so only one line to each finger/toe on that side. One picture in the book has a heirarchy of characters and a heirarchy of body parts based on a color code so you know what order to draw the lines. I think that is basically how it works, although I read the book last year.

    There are many recurring themes in Masquerade and ATT (dandelions, moons, flowers, leaves, acorns, square filled with numbers) but I just can't believe that MS would have used any of the same puzzle techniques from Masquerade. Based on the companion book, MS had many other types of puzzles to choose from. Plus, the text in Masquerade had nothing to do with the solution, and I believe the text in ATT will play a big part in the solution. So I don't know how useful the Masquerade info. will be, but the quest book is interesting anyway.

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    Thank you so much for explaining that, sa6race! I feel like a dunderhead. All this time I've been just drawing from whatever eye was handy, paying no attention to whether it was left or right. The left-eye-to-left-hand system makes perfect sense.

    While Stadther probably won't employ the Masquerade technique, do you think there's a chance that he might still have us draw lines across the picture pages, directing us to various letters in the poem? I keep coming back to the "if you believe in faries" clue (an awful lot like Williams's clue in Masquerade's Preface), and wonder whether that isn't an instruction to draw lines from the faries. The only question is, how to draw the lines? Probably not eye to hand. Maybe eye to knothole (something dark)? Hand to acorn?

    As my fumbling of the Masquerade solution shows, it's all too easy to get a nonsense phrase if you don't understand the solution technique *exactly*.

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    what troubles me is finding a logic for drawing such lines... also, the letters in Masquerade are much larger on the border making it more obvious which letter is being pointed to. The letters in the text or on the border for most of ATT are much smaller. In trying to make such lines, I have found it is not clear which letter such a line would point to. Food for thought if the solution/hints are obvious (when found).
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    I personally do not believe that the ATT solution will involve any kind of lines drawn to letters or numbers or symbols in the border. This is just too similar to Masquerade. I don't believe that MS would have spent all this time on the book just to duplicate the Masquerade hunt. It's just my opinion and I could be way off but I think all line drawing solutions are out.

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