# The Three Keys and a Set of Directions

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• 01-23-2012
Lauren
Joy
Doc,

Since the three keys from chapter 9 are Omega, Dove, and scratched, - why do you feel that the "missing" third is for the middle or center key as in JOY rather than the last place as in the chapter nine keys?

Lauren
• 01-25-2012
Doc
Lauren,

The story of chapter 9 tells us that the three keys had to be used in a particular sequence, but it didn't tell us the sequence. One of the big purposes for the Invisible Ink clue is to provide the hints to deduce the correct sequence:

'The first is equal to the last' means the OMEGA key is first.
The blank in the middle, which is the second part of the invisible ink clue, tells us the scratched out key is second.
'...is equal to the last' means the last key is a THIRD key. The dove represents the PEACE SYMBOL which is roughly divided into THIRDS. As explained before, I realize this isn't a perfect match, but neither was CHEROKEE = WARRIOR which was also a correct association.

Doc
• 01-25-2012
Rx Jeff
Without a major break by the end of the week, I'm afraid my quest will end. It is consuming way too much of my time for, frankly, a hunt now 2 years old with no results for anyone.
• 01-25-2012
Rx Jeff,

You've been working on this for a couple months? Only completed the questions for chapter 1?

Gotta work for \$20K or \$1M :)
• 01-25-2012
Rx Jeff
I understand that, but when I see several pretty sharp folks on here have been at it for 2 years with nothing and the sponsor keeps placing repetitive clues out, it makes me wonder if I should cut my losses early and move on.
• 01-25-2012
As with all hunts like this, there are rules about not publicizing the solution. Thus people won't post their REAL ideas here in the forum. So... people most likely know more than what is posted here...
• 01-25-2012
Lobster
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Originally Posted by BoatDaddy
Thus people won't post their REAL ideas here in the forum. So... people most likely know more than what is posted here...

I sure hope so, or chapter 1 is going to take another 4 years to solve ;)
• 01-25-2012
Doc
Put all of this into practical application. Let me show you what to do as the universal first step for each chapter.

We're looking for the answer to the part that puts it all together from the Invisible Ink clue:

The first. The second. Is equal to the last.

We're looking for three three-letter sequences. The first sequence is associated with 'First X' (first=last). The second sequence is associated with 'X2'. The third sequence is a NUMBER.

The 'first=last' has more than one meaning. By solving the keys, you collect the pieces of a metapuzzle which will be solved twice: once for the first word and a second time for the number. The X2 portion of the puzzle generates the other three letter sequence.

Let's put this in motion. I'll show you how to solve the first three chapters to get the three letter sequences.

Chapter 1:

1. First X: It's the omega key. Without going into the gory details since the author has kindly supplied us with the answer, omega = A.

The first key is 'A'.

2. The first part of the second key: the name of DB Cooper--George Bravo.

You're suposed to figure out that 'Bravo' is code for 'B'.

At that point, you're supposed to figure out it's a reference to 'George B.', which was an obscure movie portrayed by David MORSE.

The key is MORSE.

3. The third key is the other name of DB Cooper: Charles Proctor III. A famous 'proctor'--which is a teacher or professor--named Charles. It's answer is Charles Xavier from the X-men, namely Professor X.

The third key is X.

A quick digression--the author was being clever. These are the clues for the 'First X' in the overall metapuzzle given above, and DB Cooper (DB = 24 = X), George Bravo, and Charles Proctor III are literally the 'X-men' because they are the clues for the metapuzzle.

Our metapuzzle from these three keys is A MORSE X. We have to solve this puzzle twice for two different three-letter sequences, one of which will be a number. This metapuzzle represents first=last, and its answer is also BOTH the first and last of the three letter sequences.

Go look up your morse code, and you'll see the letter X is '- . . -'. Just convert this sequence into different letters, and you'll get TEA. Congratulations! You have your first three-letter word.

Now, we have to solve it a second time to obtain the number.

A = 1 or first
MORSE: Only morse code question is the 20th question. MORSE = 20 or LAST
X = 10 or MIDDLE.

From this standpoint, A MORSE X is also 1, 20 MIDDLE or FIRST LAST MIDDLE. You simply rearrange the letters you originally obtained. T E A = A T E.

Hooray! We now have our number: ATE.

The first. The second. Is equal to the last.

TEA ??? ATE

All we're missing is the X2 solution.

If you recall, the 'X2' for chapter 1 is represented by Q 4 being identical to Q 7. Both are Washington.

(Get it? First part of the second key was George Bravo, second part of the second key is Washington x 2).

The key to unlock the final sequence is 4 = 7, since question 4 = question 7.

In other words, it's a Caesar shift clue. You can shift the letters 3 forward or three backwards, but the correct answer is three backwards:

T E A = Q B X

Now, you just rearrange them into the usual format:

X B Q is the final three letter sequence. It even confirms itself for you: X B Q = X 2 KEY.

The first. The second. Is equal to the last.

TEA XBQ ATE.

First X. X2. NUMBER

You're ready to find your set of directions to help you solve Chapter 1.
• 01-28-2012
meaner simikkles
Many hunts go this long without a result( unfortunately). Sometimes it's the hunt sponsor, sometimes it's the clues, sometimes us questers just can't get it together, sometimes it's all of the above. It is frustrating, yet tantalizing, and as much as you want to forget about it, these hunts haunt you and eventually you'll come back, if for no other reason than for an update as to what is happening! We are still (secretly) hoping to hear the solution for Alchemist Dar, lo these many years later!!!!
• 01-29-2012
gizmo2337
I totally disagree with these equivalency tests suggested. However, I may have just bypassed these I am not certain yet. The best clues are in the keys..located in the chapter text. The best clues are found when knowing how to use them. When you get it right, its very obvious.
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