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    Hi,
    Im new to the thread, but have been banging my head over this puzzle. it appears that everyone has made the same progress I have. Just curious if anyone has made anymore? Ive considered that the crossword puzzle (across and down) may mean lat/long. There are about 6 words in the OED Vol III that would fit 24 across. And I believe Benjamin Franklin woulld be the author of the crossword. Not sure if important though. This puzzle is killing me. lol
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    Hi Mike,
    Welcome to Tweleve! I agree with your intuition. The prime meridian also passes through nearby Greenwich. Possibly we convert the letters to GPS coordinates or it points to some location relative to Buckingham Palace. I'm inclined to think the first OED word is the desired one since the book says he "riffled to the cl's" and said Eureka. I also wondered if any of the words have an origin or meaning related to Eureka or Archimedes or "I found it".
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    Hi,
    Im new to the thread, but have been banging my head over this puzzle. it appears that everyone has made the same progress I have. Just curious if anyone has made anymore? Ive considered that the crossword puzzle (across and down) may mean lat/long. There are about 6 words in the OED Vol III that would fit 24 across. And I believe Benjamin Franklin woulld be the author of the crossword. Not sure if important though. This puzzle is killing me. lol
    Mike

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    Default New Clue

    Standford Squirrel has released a new clue: go.ucpoyn.yy.port


    I don't have much time to work on it, but I'll see what I can get out of it later tonight.

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    Ok I got this one, use a Dvorak keyboard, you get: use first letters ok

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    Great job, cryselegance!

    Must have to use this on a title associated with the music. It seems like a classic TV or radio show to me. Perhaps we have to ask our Grandpa what is...

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    Ok I got this one, use a Dvorak keyboard, you get: use first letters ok

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    nice job cryselegance i had seen the solve for this a few days ago on kindle boards and forgot to post now what does it mean is the question? maybe you use the dvorak keyboard on the letters scattered throughout the book? or maybe use them on the strange language words? it seems like the hints doesn't really help out that much has anyone solve anything else besides the obvious on this hunt? have the crosswords both been found or the states abbreviations been solved? it just seems like this hunt isn't getting much attention have we all just hit a big brick wall?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton%C3%ADn_Dvořák

    I'll bet the music is written by Antonin Dvorak. Hinting that you must use that type of keyboard.
    So the clue we need is the use first letters ok.
    Well, we did towards the start of the book. Where it spells USE A GPS OK when you use the first letters. Perhaps elsewhere?
    As for the state nick names, i took the real names and took the first letter of each and anagrammed to get LONG PATH. In New York, there is a trail known as THE LONG PATH that travels from New Jersey into the city.
    This is all by recall btw, so my apologies for any mistakes. (i came up with the long path idea a couple weeks ago)
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    Where did everyone go? Are you all still trying to figure the puzzle out or am I alone in this?

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    I'm still interested and looking at it occasionally, but not putting it all together. Intrigued with the "foreign" words.

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    Where did everyone go? Are you all still trying to figure the puzzle out or am I alone in this?

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    I'm stuck on that as well, plus the clues in the pictures and the places he went. After reading the previous posts, I was able to confirm some of my findings within the book and on the website, but I'm still stuck on those three things. Oh, and the 23 letter U word... almost forgot about that. I've tried several different types of online dictionaries with no luck. Maybe it warrants a trip to the library, but I have to wait until my broken ankle heals before I'm mobile again.

    I guess that I was able to solve all the simple and obvious clues in the book. With the special language, I was able to guesstimate a bit. Ravsta - v is Rasta which is 'found' in Lithuanian. Lduka - l is 'grief in Indonesian or -d is 'wound' in Indonesian or 'gap' in Polish. Oruuar - uu is 'pray' in Spanish. However, after that, I can't make it work. I've tried every anagram and cipher that I can find online and I've even tried to make my own solution of it. Nothing. I definitely must've missed something or I'm not even close.

    I've even examined webpage from the link to the Wired Magazine that SS posted. Yes, he said it was not a clue, but it definitely gave some ideas to use. Still nothing.

    Well, those are my secrets and trials. Hopefully even my mistakes do not give anyone a step up on me, as I was, and still am, skeptical on putting my thoughts on this online for someone else to use to their benefit... but, any help is highly appreciated! I'll do my best to do the same in return!

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