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    Red face Updates please!

    Team Meaner has been struggling. We sailed along patting ourselves on the back for how smart we were- them KABLAM!!! Still a couple of trivia questions, blocked on the Domain 7 clue and unable to hazard a guess as to proper key order so we don't know quite what to do next. We've racked our tiny little brains, dragged strangers in to view things with new eyes and still be are batting a big fat 0. Been so long since we've been here everything has changed!!!

    Any updates?? ANY silver eagles claimed yet??? What have we missed out on??? Appreciate any news!
    "We may not be first, but at least we are not last!" Meaner Simikkles RULE!

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    See latest blog post at The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt : Quest for the Golden Eagle.

    Think we are all in the same holding pattern - circling around the same ideas but nothing concrete yet. I personally have had brain overload with smoke coming up a couple times. Then just back to basics and start over.

    I want the old Tweleve back !!!

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    Team Lobster has come to a brick wall too. We finished the chapter clues 6 months ago, but have really made no headway on the keys.

    We have had a few good ideas based on the structure of the book, but they almost always turned out to be too error prone to attempt (i.e. searching through the entire book for specific information, where we'd never know if we were on the right track, and even if we were on the right track the odds of making a mistake either in the search or the final interpretation were incredibly high) or we ran into something else (such as cipher text containing the word HRRNG -- "herring"? that made us feel we were on the wrong track.)

    I'm actually not convinced that a silver eagle is "practically solvable" given current information. While clues may exist to lead you there, they are all incredibly generic. I suspect that the very same clues also fit tens if not hundreds of other incorrect solutions/paths. Combine that with no feedback mechanism to tell you that you're at least on the right path, I can't see how it will be solved. I hope I'm proven wrong (by us )!

    Perhaps we're just missing some important clue that ties things together, but right now we are very stuck.

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    I have had the 240 questions completed for 12 months now.

    Each time I get frustrated I eventually find something new in the book I had not noticed previously. While it has obviously not led to a solution, I do seem to get me one step closer each time.

    The clues being given publicly (i.e not the ones we are each finding separately) are kind of generic. At the same time, if you combine the public clues with the found clues they start to make a little more sense.

    I understand why the clues are not more specific - the author can't completely give away the answer. Otherwise it the solution would become too obvious and everyone would get it without putting in the time.

    For those that feel frustrated or at a brick wall, my suggestion is "start at the beginning". Do the chapter questions again, look at the poems, the chapters, etc. Notice things with fresh eyes. I've personally done that 3 times now and each time I have noticed something that I had not before - that has lead to a few find.

    The one question that seems unclear - what type of clues are we looking for.

    - Are we supposed to infer things from the chapter stories to help find the key order - aka the three key theory: omega, dove, and scratched out keys?
    - Are the clues more straightforward - JOY is 10+15=25, complete clear decoded messages that say "The key sequence for Chapter 1 is contained in Paragraph # X"
    - my guess is its probably a combination of both - inference will help you locate potential areas to look, decrypted messages will get you the rest of the way.

    Its $1M - we can't expect this will be easy. Thats called the lottery ! lol

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    Couldn't agree more, boatdaddy. Well spoken.

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    "Each time I get frustrated I eventually find something new in the book I had not noticed previously."

    This is certainly true! We had a huge find last night that totally changes things for us. I suspect there are other such "ahas!" out there. Clearly this is a hunt that's going to require multiple skill sets.



    "The one question that seems unclear - what type of clues are we looking for."

    The other question is "what's intentional, and what's not?" There are some very prominent anomalies and "typos" within this book. But, we also know that a ton of errors were fixed in the first printing and re-released.

    So, the chance that there are still some legitimate "errors" is high. So when something is "out of place", is it a typo, or is it an intentional anomaly? It's a frustrating question, because errors are not really an intended part of the hunt. What would be really helpful would be if the Hunt kept an errata page on their website listing everything that truly is in error.



    "my guess is its probably a combination of both - inference will help you locate potential areas to look, decrypted messages will get you the rest of the way."

    I think so too. A number of different finds over the last week or so has us as confused as ever, but at least expanding our understanding of structure somewhat.

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