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    Default New Treasure Hunt: "Treasures: Art and Poetry, Unlock the Clues"

    I have created a new armchair treasure hunt booklet titled, “Treasures: Art and Poetry, Unlock the Clues”. It is a 20 page, 8.5” x 11” all color booklet that contains eight separate puzzles/hunts. Each hunt leads to an interesting location in the continental United States. There is no need to travel to the location to search for your treasure. With the booklet, the prizes can all be claimed from the comfort of your home. Detailed instructions and rules are inside the booklet.

    Before you can claim your treasure, you must search the art and poems for clues to the secret location. It might take some research and possibly some decoding of ciphers.

    There is a total of $700.00 US Dollars in cash prizes waiting to be found. One person can claim all of the prizes if they are skilled, or lucky enough, to solve all of the puzzles.

    I was hoping to keep the price of the booklet under $10.00, but unfortunately, that was impossible. With the cost of printing, prizes, envelopes, Paypal fees, and shipping, the cost for anyone in the United States will be $14.00. That includes shipping. For anyone in Canada, the cost will be $15.50. For the UK, Australia, Japan and Holland, the cost will be $17.50. For those from any other country, please email me at TheArtofHiddenMessages@gmail.com
    Right now, I am taking pre-orders for the booklet through PayPal. I would like to try to get 50 orders, then I will mail them all at once, so that everyone can start the hunt at the same time. It also gives me time to organize all the orders since this is something new for me. The PayPal link is https://www.paypal.me/ArtofHiddenMessages You will have to provide your mailing address and enter the proper amount of US Dollars for your country.
    I will use TheArtofHiddenMessages facebook page to give updates on the hunt and announce when and what puzzles have been solved.

    Also, I have only printed 125 booklets, so order now to get yours, as I don’t plan to do a second printing.

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    This sounds like a wonderful project to own even without any prize incentive. Are you comfortable with people spreading the word beyond this forum? I've spent similar dollar amounts for simple puzzle sets available only as a PDF, so getting printed artwork at cost is a bonus. (I know you don't want to reveal any images which would spoil the fun, but can you hint at which of your art styles will be included?) Final question: How can people get updates and announcements if Facebook is not an option for them (meaning me)?

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    Jenny has started a thread on her Mysterious Writings Forum to follow the hunt. I will post important updates there in addition to facebook.

    Right now you can see the front and back cover posted on the Mysterious Writings site, as well as on facebook. The front cover is a computer-altered image of one of the inner paintings. The back cover contains a small portion of one of the paintings. So that might give you some idea of what the inside looks like, but as you said, I can't reveal too much!

    All of the art is original. Seven of the eight illustrations are watercolor, and one is colored pencil.

    I would appreciate if you spread the word! Thanks for asking!

    With eight puzzles in the book, the cost is less than $2 per puzzle/hunt.

    I am taking pre-orders now, as I would like to release a bulk amount all at once. I think that will make it fair to everyone who purchases a booklet, so that everyone can begin at the same time. I am hoping to get 50 pre-orders in the next few weeks. If not, I will mail the booklets in early August. As of today, I have just over 25 orders.

    If you, or anyone else has questions, I will be happy to answer what I can!

    Thanks for your interest!

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    I'll spend some time today on the MW forum -- I had to submit a registration request first. Sorry, but I cannot see anything on Facebook; it could be my firewall, it could be my outdated browser, or it could just be that Facebook knows I am not a member. I'm planning on getting my pre-order in at the end of the pay-month, sight unseen. I hope the MW forum doesn't spoil too much of the fun.

    (I didn't see a clickable link above, but I assume this one is correct)
    https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofHiddenMessages

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    Early August was what I was expecting, but a post over at Mysterious Writings says USA shipments begin on Monday and international orders will go out tomorrow! (ok, July 30th is almost early August, it just crept up on me) For those of us not following other forums or Facebook, I wanted people here to know the status and have time to act ASAP if they have procrastinated.

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    I wanted to try to get 50 orders, then I could send the booklets out all at once. (This is what I initially planned on doing, and proclaimed with the initial announcement of my upcoming hunt.) It appeared that at the rate orders were coming in, that I would reach about 50 orders at the beginning of August, so I decided to mail out the international orders on Friday, and the US orders on Monday. I estimated that over the weekend, I would be very close to 50 orders. I had several people tell me they were mailing checks. Today I received a LOT of orders. I now have over 50 orders. So I decided to go ahead and mail all the orders out tomorrow.

    It WAS what I promised people...to send the booklets out when I received 50 orders. It snuck up on me too when I had a lot of orders come in today...and even more are trickling in!

    There are eight puzzles/hunts in the booklet. S

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    Whoops! My last post was cut off. What I was saying was that some are easier than others, and some are more difficult.

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