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    Gizmo,

    You're trying to jump straight to the map, and the intended solution won't let you do that. I made the same mistake--it's human nature to try to win the prize ASAP. LOL.

    If you had that original Invisible Ink clue about "first.....is equal to the last", the next place you would go is the END OF THE BOOK.

    Because this is where the hunt truly begins.

    Now, how would you KNOW you're in the correct spot? Because "first = last".

    At the end of the book, as you know, we have CHAPTER 13 1/2 and the INVISIBLE INK on the last page with the picture of Joy.

    You started at Invisible Ink, you end at Invisible Ink. The '13 1/2' is an obvious anomaly, and throws up a red flag that 'clue lies here'. To understand its meaning, just convert it to decimal: 13.5 and convert that to a 3-letter word. 1 3 5 = A C E, or an 'A'.

    In this fashion first = last again. Chapter 1 = Chapter '13 1/2' or Chapter '1' since 'A' = '1'.

    You've arrived at your first real destination to begin solving the map.

    Does that make sense so far?

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    I had a captain obvious moment this morning.

    The last key on the C3 map was 14. The start to C4 was Q14, and the start to Omega was also 14. I believe this may be significant.

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    Gizmo,

    I'm in agreement that the start to C4 being Q14 and the start to Omega being 14 was significant.

    It doesn't hurt that the hidden poem for this chapter appeared at the end of the chapter and the last key was Navajo, either.

    Especially since that Navajo phrase in question 8 starts as 'A-Chi' when you know that a Greek 'chi' is an 'X'.

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    Doc,
    I'm trying to go back and look at the other solutions to see if there is any more start/middle/end. I've sort of been treating the alpha/omega as their own mini solutions. Meaning,
    key1, key2 something missing, key 9, key 10 for alpha and
    key11, key12 something missing, key 19,key 20 for omega.
    Overall, key 1, key20 being more important between chapters?

    Again, just thinking out loud, that keys 1,2,9,10,11,12,19,20 may be more than what seems at first glance. I was hinting at that with N=14 starting omega for C4 earlier.

    The start of such a puzzle (CH1 and CH2) would be like a Fibonacci sequence, meaning you don't have enough to go somewhere without two (chapters) to start. Perhaps there is good reason C1 and C2 have the same end.

    CH1 key2 becomes CH2 key 9. The end of the beginning becomes the beginning of the end for alpha. There is probably more to this than we think. Or maybe not, and it's just a facebook hunt? I won't give up just yet

    I actually find it hard to believe Ron didn't write the stories. If he didn't, then some of the vocabulary is too similar to be from different authors. Some of the same sequences from CH4 occur in CH5.

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    A couple more things to add that I forgot.

    If indeed those keys are important, then I'd guess that the last two (or three) keys of each chapter would link to the next chapter. A good reason to have them go on a hunt of their own is if they were important determining a start for the next chapter. I'm going to look for that link now, it's probably the best place to look.

    I'm not sure if I'm seeing things, but I ciphered the answer to CH1 a little bit today. Take the chapter solution for CH1, apply a cipher you really hate, and use the password implied in the chapter. Shift the J and I around a bit until you see something. Maybe even use the first few CH1 keys as your guide as to which shift to use. Think from the II clue "my job is to.." Then, do it again with the CH1Q2 answer and find some joy.

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