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Thread: CHAPTER 4 - discussion and clues

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    My alpha was AHFOD-IRTOM. Never made it to omega. And got it from page 80 pairing letters starting from "Yeah we found it. That's right. We found the Lost Dutchman's Mine." We will see if i was correct, but I am still done even if it was correct. 19 months on one chapter is a bit much and 5 years for only one-third of the chapters to be solved is also ridiculous. At this rate, the golden eagle hunt won't take place until 2024.

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    Yay it's over! It has to start on page 78. My best alpha was one of these:
    NQRADMFTGE
    RGQFHBESNO

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    My focus was always on questions 6,8 and 14.and finally question 3

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    Fairly certain CHATBLESMI was alpha. I had it a while ago.

    Congrats to Annika!

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    It has been a pleasure following the ups and downs (mostly downs) in this thread. I am amazed to see people posting their "best" guesses at the solution -- and none of them are the slightest bit similar to the others.

    Congratulations to the winner, condolences to the fellow who was correct but two hours too late, and sympathies to all who played along.

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    I'm anxiously awaiting details about Chapter 4's winning sequence. I started this hunt in late February, beginning with Chapter 4. While familiar with published solutions for the first three chapters, I didn't have any experience with the text, methods, ciphers or chapter clues in those chapters. Consequently, my thoughts about Chapter 4 may be unique and not apply elsewhere.

    Having found the author's so-called "honey pots" in Chapter 4, I believe an earlier assertion that the published solution will be extensive and detailed is accurate. The path is self-confirming and solvable using the text, chapter clues and some knowledge on ciphers; it was all there from the beginning. I know evidence suggests that is not the case, but the methods for Chapter 4's "honey pots" are used in multiples places within the chapter, thereby affirming your selections and bypassing red herrings.

    Unfortunately, like earlier online treasure hunts I tried, the "last mile" eluded me. I'm really curious about where and how I misinterpreted the author's trail of clues and hints. Hopefully, the published solution will cast some light there, or indicate that I found a "golden eagle" aspect of the hunt and had no chance. Regardless, I enjoyed the chase.

    Congratulations to both Annika and Brian for solving Chapter 4.

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    I also had Lobster's alpha sequence coming from question 14 at the end of the chapter. What blue semi precious...and converting letters U thru Z back to letters A thru F. He made new "ones" by converting U to A.
    I am assuming the clue about the 14th letter was just that. The 14th letter was N and not fitting meant converting W to C. But a "clip?"

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    I always believed part half of the answer was found in questions 6 and 8.notice in question 6
    The simple substitution uses letters for A-T and numbers for the out of range letters.

    Notice the "els" look
    Just like the letter "i"s. They font makes then identical.
    ...some faces are the same....

    Also only they use only the numbers 0,1,4 in the substitution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rx Jeff View Post
    I also had Lobster's alpha sequence coming from question 14 at the end of the chapter. What blue semi precious...and converting letters U thru Z back to letters A thru F. He made new "ones" by converting U to A.
    I am assuming the clue about the 14th letter was just that. The 14th letter was N and not fitting meant converting W to C. But a "clip?"
    If I was using Lobsters solution, I would have simply assumes P to be the start of omega. Using my own, both of them had CLIP in omega. There was further clue to suggest PI, which was a repeat. It was repeated again with just I this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guttom2 View Post
    I always believed part half of the answer was found in questions 6 and 8.notice in question 6
    The simple substitution uses letters for A-T and numbers for the out of range letters.

    Notice the "els" look
    Just like the letter "i"s. They font makes then identical.
    ...some faces are the same....

    Also only they use only the numbers 0,1,4 in the substitution.
    If I was using Lobsters Alpha my Omega would be NROJDFPGKQ

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