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    Put the solve out there and let's discuss it.

    The senior brother is 10 years older than the junior.

    The first thing I notice about it is that it's our old friend "alpha = omega". '10' = '10' The part of the ciphertext and plaintext remain the same in translation.

    Were there two brothers that figured prominently in the story? It's been forever since I read it.

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    Lesley,

    I think it's a 3-part clue again.

    1. The senior brother
    2. 10 years older
    3. The junior

    The 'senior brother' is referring to an ABBOT.
    10 years older = '+ Roman numeral X' or '+ X'
    The junior is referring to a character in the story: JIM

    You can put the pieces together at this point into a metapuzzle.

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    Doc,
    I think you are going to love this chapter. I have no idea why...

    First, the theme of the chapter is X. The picture on the first page says so. Furthermore, the eagle for this treasure is featured on the cover of the book...another X if you look at the cover objectively. And...if you look are looking for a tap and look on the other side, you find another X.

    What you can't see, is the encrypted answer...or possibly even the cryptex second question. I think this is false though, because the answers are in the book.

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    Gizmo,

    I love me some X's when I'm working on treasure maps. LOL.

    There's some stuff going on under the hood with this treasure hunt that I'm not sure people are seeing.

    This hunt was designed by a sudoku master--they're not known for being illogical or very subjective. Every step of the way is logical and is verified as you make it.

    I don't know if you realize this or not--I want you to consider the solution to chapter 4.

    The first step was to develop the alphabet key from which the eventual solution was derived.

    How did you absolutely KNOW you had the correct alphabet key for chapter 4 before moving forward to deciding which questions to use?

    1..2..3..4..5.....11
    A..B..C..D..E.....K
    U..V..W..X..Y....E
    O..P..Q..R..S.....Y
    I...J...K...L..M....S

    Do you see what's under 11? It's telling you 'II KEYS' which confirms for its reader beyond a shadow of a doubt that you've hit upon the correct alphabet key for chapter 4. It's not a happy coincidence--it's the confirmer you needed to proceed to the next step of the chapter 4 solution.

    Not Facebook clues. An actual solution to the puzzle.

    Doc

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    It sure is quiet here. No discussions. No banter. Nothing............
    "Do or do not; there is no try." --- Yoda

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    Ron Shore and Endgame killed this hunt.

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    It is not dead. I am still working on it, as I suspect other people are, only in the shadows after the disruptive banter that had transpired.
    "Do or do not; there is no try." --- Yoda

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    It wasn't disruptive banter.

    It was just a few people asking a few questions and then Ron totally over-reacting.

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    I'm working on it. Still think I'm pretty close. Just one or two variables off.

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    November 11, 2014 clue:

    Chapter 5 clue: Using the empty Sudoku puzzle on page 103, if the number is divisible by 5 remove it, if the number is greater than 30 remove it, remove the loneliest number, if there is a triplet left over take it out, one of the perfect square numbers remaining will help you on your way.

    Thoughts?

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