# Thread: The Three Keys and a Set of Directions

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I think there is numerous similar ideas. The reason nothing has aligned (because there are multiple ideas that fit) is nobody has the complete set of instructions yet. I believe there are perhaps three sets. Ironically, my instructions are eerily similar to Doc's, but using different cipher and methods. I'm almost wondering now if this is a first=last sort of thing where first cipher = last cipher etc.

Anyhow... something else to think about. Think of the parts of clues that don't seem like clues.

I decipher this as
ARE = R
YOU = U
Y=I
for= fore = four

ARE YOU READY (remove the dupliates)
AREYOUD nope...I doubt this is it..meant to throw you off.
A RED YOU
YOU RED A
YOU READ .. yeah.. probably this one.

the next word is for `are you ready FOR`=FOUR

or something like this... perhaps I don`t have all of this one right just yet.

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[QUOTE=Doc;543252]Vincent,

I'm pretty excited since yesterday morning when I first saw this is a metapuzzle forming up. When you solve the directions for 'I LOST X', the puzzle gives it back verbatim as J N S R I O. I realized that as being three X's--J, IO, and NSR--and I spotted the 1-2-3 quality to it, but I honestly didn't 'know' how to place it into the map until the author released the clue that '14' is the fourth key.

Doc,

Could you please explain how you arrived at the JNSRIO?

Lost

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Lauren,

Did you work through the Freemason cipher I talked about and came up with the letter sequence that has 'I LOST X' in it?

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Originally Posted by Doc
Lauren,

Did you work through the Freemason cipher I talked about and came up with the letter sequence that has 'I LOST X' in it?
Yep. HKNRWACFILOSTXQVBDGJMPUE

( I've got a bad head cold- maybe that's why I can't figure it?)

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No, it's just kinda hard. It's like having one conglomeration of Facebook clues at once. Did you put the corresponding telephone numbers with it? So that you see that I LOST X = 4 5 6 7 8 9 as well as the others?

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Originally Posted by Doc
No, it's just kinda hard. It's like having one conglomeration of Facebook clues at once. Did you put the corresponding telephone numbers with it? So that you see that I LOST X = 4 5 6 7 8 9 as well as the others?
Yes. I did that also. I guess it's nap time!

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Lauren,

Without going into a lot of nauseating detail, you have to solve V8 as being JUICE. X I ICE, or X ICE I. It has a correspondence to the I LOST X.

Do another freemason cipher: put ICE into the second X and fill in the letters again. Start with I. It will only go 7 letters, and it's trying to spell something familiar. The difference that shows up is the hint about what to do next.

Let me know what you find.

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Looking over everything, I think the best way to describe this puzzle is that it's similar to a Rube Goldberg mousetrap.

Lots of us have been waiting at the mouse hole with a simple spring-loaded wooden trap and a bit of cheese, but just haven't been able to see the mouse, much less catch it. That's always been the simplest way to try to do it.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, this one's different.

As you back up and see the overall picture being painted and these amazing Facebook clues being posted, you get the impression this isn't your daddy's 240 questions anymore.

We just get one clue for the map--that cryptic Invisible Ink message.

The message isn't the mouse trap--it's the trigger that starts the mechanism rolling.

Once you pull that trigger, you see a bowling ball get tipped over and roll down some stairs. When it hits the bottom, a balloon gets released and pulls a pin out of a stick which drops a weight. After several more steps, you see a mouse cage at the top of a pole get released and rattle its way to the bottom finally capturing our elusive mouse.

From what I've seen and been talking about, our treasure hunt is a similar contraption.

One step leads to the next. Solving one part of the puzzle triggers the next mechanism into functioning.

The obvious downfall to such a conundrum is that all the mechanisms have to be correctly placed for the whole thing to work. If one part of the machine isn't aligned correctly, the mouse ain't getting caught.

I'll know in the next week or two, but I think everything has started working, and I've seen the mouse cage start rattling its way down its pole. Stuff can still go wrong, and I've had to reset that bowling ball back at the top of the stairs so many times that I've lost count.

But the Facebook clues are finally making sense--their straightforward answer and their devious, hidden meanings as well.

The Chapter 1 solution appears to be divided into six parts.

The author has already given us the first part: A T E.

Each part is equivalent to the others, and from the current crop of Facebook clues, you already have an instictive feel for one of the three ways that they're equivalent.

Each part is equivalent to an 'X'.

Doc

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Something else I figured out this morning I wanted to pass along:

One of the later Facebook clues about the 'starting line' isn't applicable to the solution itself--it's applicable to one of the other clues, namely the rotational cipher.

The 'starting line' of the rotational cipher is THE SE Q. The 'finish line' is UXXXXXX.

Looking at a Freemason cipher, one can see that the SE position is occupied by the Q.

'Crossing the finish line' means turning the 'finish line' into a series of crosses, or X's.

The 'U' converts to an X as well. The answer to the riddle, 'What is before 'U' ' means both TEA and ATE. If you remember, the origin of both TEA and ATE came from A MORSE X.

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'Crossing the finish line' means turning the 'finish line' into a series of crosses, or X's.

The 'U' converts to an X as well. The answer to the riddle, 'What is before 'U' ' means both TEA and ATE. If you remember, the origin of both TEA and ATE came from A MORSE X.
Except that "crossing the finish line" isn't in the text of the clue, nor does it make sense to interpret it as being part of the clue.

In fact, the clue states that if you've reached the starting line you're on the wrong track.

So the last thing you want to be doing is "crossing" it.