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    Default Snail anagram, and possible key to the whole shebang.

    Howdy,

    I noticed yesterday, there are interesting grammatical errors in Snail's speech. If you look at his (her?) speech throughout, you'll find what appears to be a series of letters that work perfectly in an anagram. I anagrammed this and came up with a very interesting NJ reference, state forest and all. Going back through the text, I saw that Snail was at one point "in a panic." This particular state forest is home to "Panicum sp.," better known as "Panic Grass." Interestingly enough, the forest is well-known for it's many overlooks, and one such overlook offers a view of a lake with an extremely tantalizing name. I don't want to give it all away here, but if you find the letters I spoke of, try to anagram them, starting with the words "sought" and "bugs."

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    I've thought for quite some time now that the illustrations are nothing more than a red herring. Even the poem seems to lead nowhere. MS states in the foreword, on the back cover, and on his site that one can decipher the "simple clues" simply by reading the text. To further stress this, he tells us that "within the text [we] have the key." So I was wondering, how could that be? There are no clear clues stated outright as such. However, if you'll recall, Zac learns the locations of the Jewels when Ana sends him a telepathic (and slightly trippy) message. If one were to make a childish pun here, one would say that she sends him an "Ana-gram." I truly believe that all of the puzzles can be solved through anagrams. This is further supported by Peteybob35's discovery of the anagram "The Snail's Key is with RRR's ark" from the alternate names for the darklings.

    Just some food for thought - but I honestly, truly believe that the pictures are distractions.

    Kyle

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    Thank goodness--somebody else thinks and has stated exactly what I've been thinking all along. I couldn't agree more with the text being the hidden clues, and NOT the pictures.

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    Perhaps Hewitt State Forest in NJ? Seems to have Success Lake, Surprise Lake, and Greenwood Lake, among others. I believe posts have indicated over 100 likely locations from clues in the book, so you probably shouldn't get too excited unless you find specific confirming clues.

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    bingo - that's exactly the park. I have someone looking, though I haven't heard back from her.

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    I used to live on Greenwood Lake (NJ) a number of years ago, and would hike up (and I do mean up!!!) to Surprise Lake...which sits atop the Mountain just off the Appalachian Trail.

    Sorry, but even in my youth, that was a strenuous hike up a rocky trail, and I don't believe that would be on e of the sites MS proposed as being "accessible" to all.

    It does have ample snakeage though, for the "serpent" connection.

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    I doubt that an "Ana-gram" taken out of thin air will lead to a token. To me that is not an exact location. In order for an anagram to be exact we need a verification in terms of a sequence of numbers. Anagrams tend to have many solutions and for a location to be exact we need to pick the right one. But all theories are good. Don't get me wrong. We just need to concentrate on the real issue and try to filter out dead-end leads. I also think the text is the key. One argument for that is that the "signal-to-noise" ratio is far better (ideal) in text than it is in a picture where everything is up for interpretation...

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