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    Unhappy Extra clue for chapter one

    Is this really a 'new" clue? It says the same as the old = the first is equal to the last. Anyone else see something different?
    "We may not be first, but at least we are not last!" Meaner Simikkles RULE!

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    Thought I'd use this thread to discuss today's (1/31) facebook clue as well. It certainly looks like the same type of cipher as the poem in chapter 8, and the letters in the code have a reasonable letter distribution...meaning they shouldn't need a secondary solve after they're ordered correctly. It shouldn't be that tricky, but none of the 7 ways that we could divide the lines evenly appears to yield an answer.

    Anyone else having an easier time with this clue?

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    Calvin, I just got home from work, and I'll see what it looks like. Just a cursory glance--it only has 48 letters in the clue? Six spaces given and six capital X's makes me think you're correct about the cipher type.

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    I didn't have any trouble with it. It's very straight forward, and is the same as Chapter 8. In the end, it leaves more questions than answers.

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    Comment on this clue for those who have solved:

    What does it mean by ENCRYPT? Surely its supposed to be DECRYPT?

    Why would it ever occur to someone to encode something as part of a method to obtain order? To get keys you decrypt, surely.

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    Plus there seem to be 2 bits missing, unless I'm missing something, or it's part of the clue. I did decode but not sure about the possible errors...

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    Yes. 'Two' missing.

    Again.

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    Strange, I must be missing something very obvious. I've tried 2x24, 3x16, 4x12, 6x8, 8x6, 12x4, 16x3, and 24x2...but can't get the right output. Any advice?

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    Calvin,

    Try 8 columns and 7 rows.

    There's an extra blank at C6 R1 and C2R2.

    This is an AMAZING clue. I love this author.

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    Calvin, the last group is the top of an 8 wide. Or, put the groups in order and read bottom to top. The second group has a space missing.

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