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    Default Just for fun: how do you keep track of everything hunt-related?

    A couple of people mentioned in other threads about how they organized their ideas for the quest - notebooks, different colored highlighters, etc., and I'm curious to know what some of the other methodologies people are using are.

    I've been keeping all of my solved ciphers, questions/answers, clues, failed theories, etc. in one monster Excel workbook. It currently has 147 tabs! It's so huge that I had to create a 'finder' tab that hyperlinks to the rest of the tabs, otherwise I'd never be able to keep it all straight. It looks like something a crazy, obsessed person would put together. Haha!

    Lobster and I also used index cards (one for each key) to make it easier to arrange & visualize the key order. I'm thinking of installing a giant magnetic board in my office and using that to keep the chapter 2 key cards nice and neat. (Just kidding! My office is way too small for a magnetic board. The living room would be a much more sensible place for that!)

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    Yeah I think we all have our own versions of "crazy" when it comes to organizing the insane amounts of info we deal with for this hunt. If we didn't we'd all be in the looney bin by now!

    I use highlighters, pencils, circles, underlining, codes of my own, and lists upon lists to document "things" that pop out at me while reading. My book looks like a work of art, or at least like it's been through a few years of middle school. On top of this I take screenshots of every map submission I submit (side by side with a calendar and clock), as well as of nearly every "clue" we've been given or directed to over the months and years, which are then titled and tagged for later ease of searching. I also have a ton of bookmarks that I've created based on the pages we used to solve the 240 along the way, to cross reference in the future.

    This all pales to my "Notebook" of which every single cipher is mapped out and translated, etc. Pretty much everything I tried along the way to the solution is there in case my teacher says "show your work". LOL. But really it helps to remember how and why you solved something the way you did, even months after you put it to bed so to speak.

    I look forward to seeing everyone else's crazy....

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    You Lobsters are very resourceful and I tip my hat to you. I have no method of keeping and compiling my ideas. Basically, I write down whatever I am thinking on whatever I can find, then explore it to about as far as I possibly can, realize it won't work, then discard the information. Guess my inorganization is the reason I haven't won an eagle as of yet. LOL

    However, toward the end of the chapter 1, I did actually make a photocopy of the pages of the chapter, and began highlighting, underlining, braketing, circling, and just about anything else I could come up with for anything I found interesting. Alas, I fear it may have been too late. I'll be sure to keep more of an accurate account going forward.

    Here's looking to chapter 2! Good luck all!

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    I have a simple 250 page spiral notebook that I have divided into sections for each chapter and for extra clues. I write down each cipher as I discover it and notes about how I solved it. I also do a lot of my handwritten work in the book to break the ciphers. When I need to use a Excel or Word document, I simply printed it out and paste it in the book. I only write down the things I would have to justify, so only about 50 pages of the book are full. Many of the things in the hunt are obvious and I never bothered to recorded them.

    I also pasted a picture on the cover of Indiana Jones' Fedora with words that read "Property Of Doctor Jones". As well, my name and phone number plus e-mail address are on the book in case I misplace it.
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    I'm all over the map.

    I've got a bajillion sheets of loose leaf paper (usually the back-sides of print-outs that I no longer need at work) with scrawls all over.
    I've got a folder on my computer with subfolders for each chapter, which has all of my notes for the original chapter questions/poems.
    I've got scans of the pages from the book.
    I've got a spiral notebook, from long, long ago when I was attempting to be organized.
    I've got several Excel files, some which are tools I've written to help with various decryptions (nothing like what Lobster has though!), some of which are random notes, and of course my submission tracker.

    And looking back at it all, I have no clue what 95%+ of it means. (Not that I'll throw it away...)
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    One large "hunt.txt" file on my hard drive... I'm not known for my ability to stay organized, lol
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    Cipher - That is a quackquackquackquackquackquackquackquack idea about your book. I don't know why I haven't put my name or number on it already! I would be lost without my book. I'm definitely doing that today! I can't believe as a teacher, who has done that to almost every single one of her books in the past, I have overlooked something some easy, practical, and important. LOL!

    Thanks for the tip!
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    Ok why did it turn "quackquackquackquackquackquackquackquack idea" into quackquackquack??? LMAO! Silly forums, tricks are for kids. :P
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    Ok I give, apparently I can't say the word ... f a b u l o u s .... wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanahnahnah View Post
    Ok why did it turn "quackquackquackquackquackquackquackquack idea" into quackquackquack??? LMAO! Silly forums, tricks are for kids. :P
    Dang. Here I thought you were speaking in some kind of code and my idea was rated "8 quacks" on possible scam of 1 to 10. Roughly interpreted, I could take this to mean that several ponds of ducks approved of my idea, but I was just short of being allowed to lead the flocks south for the winter.
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