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    Default How far would you trust an anagram?

    Hypothetically speaking...
    If you came up with a location that was an exact location using an anagram and the solution contained abbreviations that were a bit of a leap, and yet the majority of the solution worked out so well that you were 90-95% sure that all of it was correct would you spend the $ & time to get to the location? I realize that anagrams are always suspect due to the 'forcing a solution' nature and yet this solution works so well... What would you do, hypothetically speaking of course?

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    I, personally, wouldn't trust it, especially if it contained abreviations. There are just too many possibilities with anagrams! But, that's just me. If you have other info to back it up, and can afford the time and money for a *joy ride*, then go for it! You know it's going to *bug* you, until you check it out!
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    Probably kick yourself if it was there and you didnt check it out. Look and see if you can find anything else in your research to back it up, then maybe you'd feel more comfortable. IMO

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    I was ready to get on a plane last Friday, everything fits so well, but with three kids and a skeptical wife its been hard to pull the trigger.

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    Default Trusting anagrams

    If I had lines of gibberish with obvious breaks and was able to anagram (rearrange) within words or short clauses, I might trust it. For example: ti si ddnihe ni hte hrdti lwfrootepi romf het xmoblai ni ako rkap, chtawii = it is hidden in the third flowerpot from the mailbox in Oak Park, Wichita. In that case, I'm on my way to Oz!

    Even within clauses: oraorihahggtttefndokieht, seeehrkpcngbyeeriw - go right at the fork in the road, Cheese Park, Green Bay WI. Then I feel like a slice!

    But anything longer with no discernible breaks, I don't trust it - because you can anagram anything!

    And as for plain text anagrammed: I'd think about position in book - type of clause, etc. Is it a main clause like "moonlike, moonlike, etc." then why would he use a "main" clause to give a clue to only one of 12 locations? Is it within a chapter with some kind of tie to a creature - then maybe - again depending on length of clause.

    And if I had ANY (I REPEAT - ANY!!!!!) letters left over - I would know it is NOT an anagram!! I am frustrated by so many references to anagrams that aren't.

    Now, if you just want a trip - and have the money - then enjoy! But don't necessarily expect a treasure. These are just my grumpy thoughts for the day!
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    Maybe we are going to have to take one word from numerous anagrams to make up a clue?? I know it seems extreme, but this is suppose to take a long time, and that for sure would take forever...

    Anagram for one clue, zip for another, pictures for another etc....

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    dehlen,
    The problem I'm having is that my solution is right on the edge between concrete and forced. Everything fits so well and makes sense and if I'm interpreting it correctly gives me a location down to the inch. My concern is that there are two pieces of the solution that fit my interpretation but are not concrete i.e. could be interpreted differently or could make the whole solution invalid. Everything else works sooo well, though, the location, the clues everything. Makes me want to scream, if I'm wrong I'm 99 44/100% sure that the wife won't let me make another trip. Guess I'll try to find a reliable person to check for me

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    Well peteybob - I doubt that's its in Wisconsin - but if it was I'd offer to help! Be careful how you choose someone to look for you.

    You might want to consider applyiing similar techniques in another area of the book to see if you get similar results. If you did, then you really might be on to something.

    For example, if you anagrammed a certain type of clause within a chapter such as an illiteration or quotations or every nth letter and combined it with clues from a picture, then consider taking another such clause, or illiteration or quotation or nth letter in a another spot in the book and compare it with visual clues from another picture you think might be related. You may have to do a little research online but it might reinforce your first theory.

    Remember we all have reticular activating mechanisms which are usually helpful because they allow us to perceptually filter out "noise" and focus on what we need. However, once alerted to something, our brains selectively "see" more information that reinforces our first thought. I've given this example before but if you aren't looking to buy a computer, you probably won't/don't notice all the computer ads in the newspaper. If you just bought a blue car, you will most likely see LOTS of blue cars on the road.

    So, what do we make of your confirming clues? Are they real? Or are you force-fitting them? Is your reticular activating mechanism causing you to notice things? If its a precise location, unless you are worried someone else could "stumble" onto it, then consider trying to apply the same methods elsewhere. Stadther reportedly said that someone who finds one of the tokens may find three or four (but not all) because they presumably would know more about how he thinks.

    Again, don't dismiss the "treasure" of spending time with your family but if you are considering time and/or money from things your family might rather do, why not continue to work it for awhile?

    I just read what I wrote and it sounds like a lecture - didn't mean it that way. Just offering my opinion and opinions are what you make of them. Worthless or valuable - its up to you. Good luck!
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    One of the reasons why I think I have a legitimate location is that the clues led me to the location and not the other way around. That's why I keep saying that evertything fits so well, like finally getting a jigsaw puzzle to fall into place. I'll have someone check it out for me so that I'll quit sounding like other people who have claimed to have an exact location, once it is proven either way I'll post my results and let you see how I came to my conclusion, sorry to keep ranting but when I post my solution hopefully everyone who has been reading this thread will understand.

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    I think if I was that sure, I would go check myself.

    With that said, if it is in SoCal I can check for you.

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