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    Default Errata to the Solution Manual

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    I've posted a pseudo-errata to the Solution Book on my solution site. The direct link is: http://www.attsolution.com/book_errata.asp. There isn't too much in the way of actual errors (although there are a few); I've mainly pointed out what I felt were incomplete or confusing solutions.

    Overall I thought the book was fairly well done, if perhaps a little rushed. The thing that struck me the most was when the tokens were hidden, compared to when the book was published (not too much earlier). So often during discussions about whether or not MS made a mistake on something, droves of people would stress that "MS worked on the book for 7 years, so there's no way he would let a mistake get through; he knows exactly what he's doing; etc. etc." It seems now like there probably were some mistakes after all. I'm not blaming MS here, I'm just pointing out that he was rushed and is as human as the rest of us.

    And although I'm clearly a little biased (ok - a lot biased!), I think my solution site is much better! (especially when I had the drop-cap/real-map overlays up).

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    Maybe I missed it (and I don't have my solution book handy right now), but there wasn't a "key" given for most of the puzzles, right?

    I know Snail had an obvious key, and it was given. But what about the others? How were you supposed to be able to know which attribute to assign to which column? If I'm right (that keys aren't given), this is a pretty big disappointment for me on the puzzles as a whole. All the while we were brute-forcing the possible combinations, I hoped there were keys we were just missing.

    Also, I could be wrong on this, but I think somebody else pointed out that there was no mention of the 5-spot "X" on the Spider's back in 1 or 2 illustrations. Maybe this is just an imagined clue to knowing that you were only supposed to use the 5 middle spots on the knots, but it seems pretty plausible to me.

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    You're absolutely correct. Most of the solutions were not given keys, which is a big shame (for me, this is an especially painful exclusion for the firefly). As to whether or not the spider-back "X" was intentional or not, I can't really say.

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    Well, I guess at this point the "X" on Spider's back must be considered "an unintentional red-herring." As far as the Firefly I belive we did have part of a Key. The "Arrows" hint found on the ATT website and in the ATT Hint book, should have clued us in on atleast part of the solution. 1-NW 2-NE 3-SE 4-SW & 5-in the middle (or facing the reader).
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    Those are some interesting observations that I'll need to go back and double-check. Off of the top of my head, I don't remember there being a web-site clue or a companion-book clue giving directions. I'm sure there are, but it's just been a while since I've looked at either of those.

    There were 3 creatures in the book that used directional coordinates - the ant, the firefly, and the spider. All used the same system. If that same system were used on a web-site example and in the companion book, that would be a rather interesting (and unfortunately rather late!) observation.

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    By the way, Steve, congratulations on being included in the Solution book!

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    You too, LadyHope!

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    Ahhh, yes. Congrats Steve.

    ...and thanks Spidey.

    Just remember, the poem was posted HERE before it was printed THERE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayheedan
     The "Arrows" hint found on the ATT website and in the ATT Hint book, should have clued us in on atleast part of the solution. 1-NW 2-NE 3-SE 4-SW & 5-in the middle (or facing the reader).
    Bass,

    I said ATT hint book, I meant companion book. Below is the hint I was referring to. I've always believed that this was a hint to use the directional coding. Page 52 possibly has the Firefly figure in each of the four corners, to hint to this fact.

    It seems like the "odd man out" (arrows pointing to the center) is usually coded as five for the 5x5 grid.
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