1. Oh, and don't forget this old email clue:

"The code to win by is located simply by reading."

I still don't know what a "code to win by" is. (why not say "the sequence" if that's what is intended?)

And "simply by reading" doesn't mean anything either, because if there is a cipher involved, you'd definitely need to read to find it. So if this clue is trying to say "DONT USE A CIPHER", it fails miserably.

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I think that "The code to win by is located simply by reading" points in the direction of a book cipher (which is sometimes called a book code when numbers refer to words in the book rather than letters).

Another recent clue on Facebook said "Only use letters from the story", which is certainly a helpful clue if you have some list of numbers that you are using as an index into the letters of the book (most likely Chapter 1) to convert into a message.

The list of numbers in Chapter 13 1/2 seem to be a likely candidate for a book cipher/code. Not necessarily for Chapter 1, but maybe it is?

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hmm, book cipher, I like it.

Here's another idea I'm going to throw out there... what if we're looking at some sort of letter frequency analysis? The most common letters in English being ETAOIN and the first 3 keys are ATE. If the next key ends up being one of OIN I'd take this idea more seriously. "Use only letters in the story" would mean that you have to take out the letters that "don't belong" when counting up frequencies.

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Alright, my turn to chime in. My approach at the dead end was to group the clues...meaning questions, answers and important pieces of the questions and answers. I used only the ciphers, important pieces mentioned in chapter one. I'm not sure where to start...so lets pick Q10.
Q10 (letter number10= J) - Lewis and clark..answer is a year. Question is hinting reverse...

5. Tried that... T and E are at the top, but O beats A

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According to my counts, frequencies for Ch 1 (highest to lowest): ETOANHIDRSLUMCWGFYBPKVJXZQ

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The latest clues all but confirm I am on the right track. I think my sequence is almost correct, with perhaps one or two errors. Now if I could just find some time to work on this...

8. Congrats Gizmo, keep going!

9. We too. were suckered by Alchemist Dar, and extremely disappointed at the outcome as we had invested hundreds of hours & actually travelled several times out of state to a location we had found in the book that fit the bill, so add \$\$\$\$ we spent to the disaster. For all the negative that resulted, the positive memories, camaradarie & plain FUN we had doing it far outweighed the negative. The newbie Meaners aren't having fun with this one, they are reluctant to continue after 2 years of trying. They prefere ThanksUsa( FUN) and the Tenth Leaf. The veterans will slog on with this one!!!

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Where did you go? You can't win without submitting the correct map solution, the rules state as much. The rules in the FAQ say the silver certificates are within 250 mile radius of the chapter story.