# Thread: The Three Keys and a Set of Directions

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I've been doing some head-scratching and hair-pulling, and I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that I've been doing some things very right, and some other things very wrong, and I wanted to pass that along.

I've got to mull through this some more--get my thoughts organized, do some work. I've got a feeling I made the latter half of this WAY more complicated than needed. If that's the case, what should I have done in the first place?

I've started back reviewing everything, and let me show you something:

The sequence begins by encrypting what is before UXXXXXX

Far and away, the most straightforward answer to the question, 'What is before U' is 'T'.

How should we encrypt a 'T' that fits into the answer?

As '- . . -'

That's T E A, and it's A MORSE X. That fits with all the other X's on that line.

I've stated that the three keys lead to A MORSE X, and I still believe that's correct, but here's the deal.

Look at its opposite: '. - - .'

Guys, that's ATE, and I totally missed that when I was working on all this three keys stuff at the time.

I'm gonna think some more,

Doc

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DESTRUCT SAME PROTOCOL

Hmmm.

3. Originally Posted by Doc
DESTRUCT SAME PROTOCOL

Hmmm.
Anagram it.

4. I have just submitted what I believe to be the correct key sequence. The invisible ink clue has been satisfied in that the beginning, the "X" at the end of the map is equal to the beginning, another "X" that being the number 10 or roman numeral "X". It contains an "O" in the middle, that being the number 15 and each number sequence is a mirror image of it's opposing sequence. Howard Hughes, a film producer "maverick" and loser of TWA airlines was the missing link I needed. This is the first submission that I feel confident is correct. It flowed together and never had to be made with brute force. We will see.

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I'm starting over looking at everything--haven't done this in a very long time. I'm making three assumptions:

1. The clues to solve the puzzle have been present in the game since release.
2. There are no red herrings.
3. Being the only clue specific to solving the map, the invisible ink clue is the key.

Some explanations:

We have a plethora of new clues that have been released since the beginning of the year. I'm going on the assumption that these represent 'extra' clues and weren't essential for a solution. Also, all these extra clues are pertinent--none of them are deliberate red herrings. This means they all need to be accounted for in a solution process.

I've not submitted any solutions in a week. I don't plan on doing so until I've reviewed everything to see where the clues are supposed to lead.

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Doc,
May I suggest something equals something? Maybe you forgot to fill in the blank?

7. A more fundamental question for your 3-keyers: what was the symbol on the key that was scratched out?

Not looking for a riddle here. It seems pretty clear to me that the author has left a "mini puzzle" here where we need to work out what the symbol is. I've searched and thought about it and can't come up with anything off the top of my head.

Does anyone have any good candidates for what this "scratched out key" actually was? What do you guys see when you squint at the image on page 160?

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I don't have the book with me right now, so can't comment on page 160 just yet.

However, what about the symbols at the top of the tools page? I haven't sat down to figure these out fully yet, but there might be connections between gods and may have to do with a sequence of planets. Athena could be the starting place? Athena: l'one daughter of Zeuss. In greek, zeuss is known as Jupiter. The keys practically contain earth or terra, so I'll bet mars isn't far off either. Same problem as all other ideas... now where do you start? You could come up with hundreds of logical sequences, but that doesn't mean that is what the author wanted you to find. This is one of the sequences I was working with starting with "third" or peace end. I must be doing it wrong. However, my connection son,gun, winchester practically says... "win chest here". On the map meaning the chest at the end. I really need to figure out how to start at the X lol.

Or on a different tangent, if you read "the cause", the keys are right there in front of us. Better yet, actually go find the original article, but that just went all over the place as well, at least for me. You'd have to think that the cause will be important to solving.

For Morse codes, you might want to check a complete list of codes, and not just the ones in the purchased code book.

I haven't found a dove piece yet. There is definitely a peace piece. hmmm... this gives me some new ideas to try at least (which will likely just expand into 100 new ideas that go every which way)

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I have a new approach to try when I get some time. Suppose we need to use a greek alphabet, then the oddities of some solutions can be explained by different alphabet length. Greek alphabet has 24 characters, so a roman-english atbash is not the same as a greek atbash. Ditto for Caesar shift and reverse, and probably any of the other ciphers as well. We have to speak (Parlez) the right language . Might have to literally read the letters carefully if we are talking greek (no pun intended).

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Lobster,

The most likely candidate might be one of the answers to the invisible ink clue: The first is equal to the last.

The symbol would be a CIRCLE.