1. ## What's special about the first 6 keys?

This has always puzzled me...

As part of an invisible ink clue, we were given this nugget a while ago: "Some of you have already solved the first six numbers to winning the first silver eagle"

My questions/thoughts are these:

1. First, is the statement in the clue above actually true? Are there people out there who have actually solved the first 6 numbers?

2. And if so, do they KNOW they had solved the first six numbers? Do any of you reading this board think you have the first 6 numbers? In all my chats and thought-sharing with quest-takers over the last year or so, not once have I heard anyone say they had any idea about the first 6 numbers. Perhaps myself or Lady Lobster have submitted the "first six" keys correctly too, but we never would have known since there is no feedback.

3. Or is this statement not about scores of people secretly knowing the first 6 numbers but instead just a clue saying "the first six keys are grouped or related or easy to find"? It seems odd to me for that statement above to have been written INTO the clue text if it's not a clue itself. It seems pretty clear to me that the author is trying to tell us something with this "first six key" information.

And for extra credit: let's assume keys are grouped in 6s somehow, how do you reconcile this with "the answer is divided into equal parts", which would not work with groups of 6?

Lobster

2. What popped into my mind after I read Ron's note about "the first six numbers", is that there might be a difference between numbers and keys. What if the sequence was eg: 1, 2+3+4+5+6=20. So the first 2 keys are 1 & 20 but they are formed from six numbers.

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I'm thinking it's easier to flip a coin "heads" six times in a row than twenty times in a row.

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I'll be jiggered.

Was that part of an invisible ink clue? If so, it sailed right past me.

I know you don't necessarily enjoy the idea of this whole three keys thing BUT....

FIRST SIX NUMBERS

That's another really clever clue in the same vein as the last couple of facebook clues.

FIRST SIX: FIRST IS X.

The first six numbers: 1 2 3 4 5 6, or A B C D E F. ABC and DEF. That's keys 2 and 3 on a telephone keypad.

Three words, FIRST SIX NUMBERS, 1 2 3.

First is X
2 SIX = 26 = something 'last'
3 NUMBERS = something on your keyboard. 3 is your number KEY.

FIRST X OMEGA KEY

5. Yep Doc... this clue was an invis ink clue. I'm pretty sure that the website alternates between this one and the infamous "first..last" one every day or two, so you can probably get this one again by trying the invis ink for a few days.

6. New clue: "at least 20 people have the first half correct".

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Now isn't THAT interesting? Sounds like it goes hand-in-hand with the first six numbers thing. I'll ponder it and let you know.

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I recognize the components as being a three keys puzzle:

20 (First half) Correct

The 'correct' is equivalent to 'third' by being A YES, namely AYES or III. The 'first X' component is through 20 = XX.

At first blush, the solution appears to involve opposites.

1. 20 = 1
2. First half = second half
3. Correct (ayes) = nos

Don't know the solution yet--just thinking out loud.

Doc

PS--I'm headed to Las Vegas this evening, then on to Montana for a week. I'll have computer and book in tow, so I'll be keeping up.

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20 people are at least half way there?

Well I haven't gotten anything, so I'm going to give up here I think. Good luck to those lucky 20.

10. Sierra, since you don't receive a score when you submit a key sequence, I don't see any way for someone to know that they are one of the "lucky 20." Don't give up. Even if someone wins the chapter 1 silver eagle, there are still 11 more up for grabs. I'm sure they'll all be just as difficult.