# Thread: Thoughts on Snail Puzzle

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## Thoughts on Snail Puzzle

Ok, here's what I think. I've been focusing on this snail puzzle because it seems solvable! I think we have a grid of letters, a code of numbers (for coordinates) and possibly a keyword which reveals the location/name.

The grid consists of letters, minus Q, and the T is where we start, but it is unclear where in the grid. If I put the T into the box Ana is pointing to, we would have:

1 2 3 4 5
1 J K L M N
2 O P R S T
3 U V W X Y
4 Z A B C D
5 E F G H I

Then, using the dots, we come up with coordinates. The problem is, figuring out which dot is which number. Once we have the correct coordinates, we would be able to spell out the location.

Another possibility is to have a keyword for the snail. Then we would use the keyword to assemble the grid. I believe this is the right way to do it.
For example, if the keyword for snail is "snail", then it would look like this:

1 2 3 4 5
1 S N A I L
2 B C D E F
3 G H J K M
4 O P R T U
5 V W X Y Z

I've run this through with several different series of coordinates and several different keywords and haven't come up with anything - yet. I think the problem is that we don't have a definate keyword for snail.

On another note, some people believe the "S" in the bottom corner of the box on pg 66 is a clue that S should be in the lower left side. I disagree - I think it's an error.

Let me know what you think-

-pix

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I doubt very much that the "s" is a misprint or mistake. Mr. Stadther has been very generous in letting us know when a misprint has been found, and this has not been mentioned. I believe that it was placed intentionally.

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You have a point. I just checked out the "errata" page on the official website and it didn't say anything about the 's'. So, that would be a possible clue for the grid of letters.

-pix

4. And I, too, have been thinking about what was it that Zac hadn't seen before and that he did see now in the Dream. It's been a toss up whether it's the Fairies ... or ... the Forest Creatures. Well with the Fairies, it's still a toss up - - which Fairies ? ? ? because because la la la we know the drill....

BUT

with the Forest Creatures....

there would be no question,,,, we know who they are:

Ant
Bee
Beetle
Butterfly
Caterpillar
Dragonfly
Firefly
Grasshopper
Hummingbird
Snail
Spider

He has ignored them, he has shooed them away, he does not see the messages being flashed to him, and he certainly has not seen THEM. Well, with one caviat. He "noticed" Ladybug once.

Chapter 9
Out of the corner of his eye, Zac noticed the tiny creature. Since he had seen few living things, even insects, in this part of the Forest for some time, and because he was happy to have late-night company, he smiled at her.
But Zac really isn't seeing the creatures....and there is a whole "embassy" visitng him, trying VERY hard to get his attention.
She realized that the human was once more bent over his work, and was ignoring her completely.
"This human is not only deaf and stupid. He's blind."
The Dream
Zac stood at the mouth of a dark grotto.

Before him lay an open box
That was as long as it was wide
And inside the box were smaller boxes
Arranged in rows five to a side

He could see things he had never seen before, and he took those things and filled the small boxes with them.
Chapter 20
Zac sank back into the bed and stared up into Yorah's leaves. He could see his new friend, Ladybug.
I think Zac fills the boxes with the Forest creatures.

HOWEVER, ok,,,,here's a wild thought. Perhaps he does NOT USE

ANT

and

BEE

First of all, they are 3 letter words. Not a very good key word, right ?
Secondly, BEE is even worse with a double letter EE--leaving you with only BE for a keyword. Nah !! Besides you have

BEETLE

and as we know a keyword will eliminate any double letters....
so

perhaps this box is just right as it stands.....FIVE TO A SIDE....because we will only use 10 of the Forest Creatures to fill it.

I'm just WINGIN' it now....so....let it fly !

So yes, start with SNAIL as the Keyword. Maybe the "S" isn't a locator after all. Maybe it's just a sign to start the grid with "S" for SNAIL.

Perhaps it's a directional locator - SW.

5. HOWEVER, ok,,,,here's a wild thought. Perhaps he does NOT USE

ANT

and

BEE
Ahhhh....haaaaaa
ANT and BEE....Aunt Bee...I think there's one in Mayberry

(Hopefully, there's room for a little fun sarcasm here)

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Hunnytree, I am totally with you on this. I've thought the exact same thing, only I've created a grid with the first letters of the forest creatures -and added the letter assigned to each creature by the pointing fairies, which makes 25 letters for the grid.

-pix

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## not that it matters

i was curious how it should be set up to give a perfect spelling of ANITASPPICNICAREA. Where to start and why? Looks like a logical starting possibility *was* the bottom right group of circles due to the out-of-place, small, white filled-in area just to the left of the A in Anita. It always bugged me! Perhaps it was like an arrow pointing 'start here'.

as for traversing, it appears that you always go on the outside and head towards the tail-end. And the general direction is of course upwards, towards the snail itself.

So there was a logical system, it didnt need to be interpreted and pulled out. I hope firefly is as consistent.

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