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    Hi LG,
    I'll have to check Caesar shifting also to see what that gave you. The clue does have at least something to do with one book puzzle. There are various short random words in the wordsearch, but then there are the words for



    Can't see yet what it is trying to tell us though.


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    So we have a block of 400 letters in a 20 x 20 grid using every letter in the alphabet, with varying frequencies. I have been playing around with rotate & columnar cipher, but haven't had any real luck yet. Some words randomly stand out when I went through Caesar, and it almost seems like a wordsearch...any thoughts?

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    Wow, yes I wonder how these words relate to the puzzle?

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    I also got those words and two others: Kaymakli, and Keflavik, the first is an underground city in Turkey, the second is a city in Iceland, I know with one puzzle I thought the language was Icelandic. I'm just sharing, I really don't have a clue as to what all of this means, it would be nice to get a clue that actually helped.

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    Since we have some traffic here this week, has anyone ever looked on page 322 of the Shakespeare book to see what is there? I'm curious, but haven't located this edition in the library/stores yet. And can't justify buying it just for this puzzle, though I could probably increase my knowledge of classic literature for watching Jeopardy!

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    Yes, they do have a Scandinavian-ish look to my untrained eye! I've reluctantly concluded that the foreign words are not foreign words for now, and think they are a code. Rue is obviously a word, but I could not locate the others. I thought I hit on an idea once that ravsta was a Tolkien word for 12. It seemed like a great method following the hunt's theme, but then I could unfortunately never relocate the reference for that. On a business trip last year I also tried to check out a book on Soqotri from the Library of Congress, the language spoken in Socotra. It was in storage unfortunately (should I really be surprised at that?). If anything, I guess that alone probably achieved Stanford Squirrel's goal of getting me to the library.

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    I also got those words and two others: Kaymakli, and Keflavik, the first is an underground city in Turkey, the second is a city in Iceland, I know with one puzzle I thought the language was Icelandic. I'm just sharing, I really don't have a clue as to what all of this means, it would be nice to get a clue that actually helped.

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    I looked up p322 in the Riverside Shakespeare and it is Much Ado About Nothing...does that mean a red herring? Or perhaps we need to look at how many Acts the play has versus chapters in the other books. Also I did permutations of the words (ravsta, lduka, etc) for anagram purposes to put in google translate. The most frequent thing that popped up was Icelandic, but it doesn't really make coherent sentences. Has anyone had any luck with those words?

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    Ok after going back to the book, I found the other places Grandpa visited in the Word Search, so now I have a total of 8 words that I have found, but what does it mean? hmm remains a mystery to me.

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    Similar to the royal nicknames pointing to a name, maybe the ciities point to the country name or some other country characteristic.

    YEMEN = YE
    ITALY = IT
    ICELAND = IS
    TURKEY = TR
    LIECHENSTEIN = LI

    The best anagram I could find was TRY ILEITIS. Sadly, poor Grandpa apparently suffers from Chrohn's disease. [tongue firmly planted in cheek]

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    Another thought about the foreign words. Stanford says its in an interesting language (suggesting to me it is one approach for all the words) and Grandpa says it's not really difficult. If we say the letters, can we phonetically make words? We used to do that on the Speak-n-Spell as kids: I M A UM BN. R U 2? It's the last one that got me started on this:

    ne-sfakborit: and he dashes FAK before high tea

    Unfortunately, I can't complete that one and the rest seem no clearer, so I doubt this is correct. I wanted to check with all of you other smart folk to get a second opinion though.

    rue: are you he
    ebirt: he buy our tea

    The other option for this approach is that it could make foreign words, but that is even more out of my league. If anyone has any comments, please share. Especially if you've solved this already by some other method!

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    lesleygalaxy-
    I forgot to thank you for checking this. Methinks this may be a red herring. Thank you!

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    I looked up p322 in the Riverside Shakespeare and it is Much Ado About Nothing...does that mean a red herring?

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