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    I've tried figuring out the letters and things in the illustrations. I believe that these may be the red herring. But I'm not sure... some of the characters are in quotes. such as "tel" or "0". others are just letters
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    I agree with Molnar. Rue is french for street. The others are not so easy. I think it will take boots on the ground to figure these out in the library and not just googling.

    Anyone look up page 332 of the Shakespeare anthology? I can't locate it nearby.

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    Have you considered the surrounding text that implies the clue is in an "interesting language"?

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    I have not been able to find the Riverside edition in the library. However, I am thinking that the NUMBER is more important than what may be on p. 322. Both numbers, in fact. The only thing those books have in common are numbers.
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    This seems like a pretty cool hunt. If anyone is still doing this hunt they just released a hint. The hint is: satupluszyksiesigualtrezoro. 27 letters. An anagram would be too ambiguous and a shift doesn't seem to be the way to go, possibly a vigenere cipher?

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    It's not vigenere. It's also not ROT (Caesar) or an anagram. The two things that stand out are the word "plus" and the number of S's--there are four of them, while the incident of other letters does not exceed two. I tried railfence, but got nowhere. As with the cipher in the chapter about "interesting languages" (in the book) it seems like you might have to add letters to fill in between these letters to make sense of it.
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    It seems pretty tough for a hint! Lol btw there are 4 S's and 3 U's I don't know if that makes a difference or not?

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    I ran it through my vigenere and rot decoders both--got nothing usable. As a cryptogram it's awful--27 letters and no breaks. I don't know what sort of code it might be, if it is. It doesn't decode as a railfence--there isn't are only two Es--it's not any recognizable foreign language...I literally do not know what to do with this yet. I'm still thinking.
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    reminds me of a bunch of words ran all together except with the endings hacked off. For instance, it could start with Satu(rn)Plu(to)

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    I just started looking into this today, thanks to Irene giving me some down time and a generator. I actually own a more recent Riverside Edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works, I'll have to fish it out tomorrow, once the sun is up. I found it interesting that the editor of the 1974 edition, G. Blakemore Evans, was a member of Bletchley Park during WWII. I've been finding little phrases throughout the book as well. I think there could also be more to the illustrations than just the letters, the way some of the lines are drawn seem very deliberate.

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    I thought the same thing about the drawings. A few lines seem very deliberately drawn.
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