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    Exclamation New treasure hunt in Las Vegas!!! March 2008

    Hello everyone. A new book came out called "Vegas Die" which I enjoyed very much. The murder weapon in the book is a jeweled dagger. The author has buried this dagger somewhere in Metro Las Vegas and is offering $25,000 to whoever finds it first. Clues to the location are in the book. The last page has some kind of code and a picture of the old Sands Hotel Casino.

    I'm new to this sort of thing but thought it was a great idea. I was hoping you puzzle lovers and code solvers would be interested in helping me out. There is a website with a forum on it for the book but as the book just came out last month there is not much activity on it.

    I was thinking maybe I could post a pic of the code on here? For those of you that are not close to Vegas the author said written answers could be sent in and considered. Any actual location sluething I can do as I live here.

    Any interest??

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    Post Vegas Die - website!!!!!!

    http://questmystery.com/index.shtml

    Here is a link to the book for anyone interested. If enough people buy the book we can get a discussion going here and solve this thing.

    Feel free to e-mail me: mikesscreenname@yahoo.com

    Thanks.

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    Hey MDC777

    You might want to edit your post and remove your email for security sake. Since you bought the book, can you tell me if this hunt is open to non-US residents. There doesn't seem to be any Terms & Conditions on the website. If it is, I might be interested in ordering this book. I always wanted to take a vacation to Las Vegas!

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    Default this one looks good

    A legitimate, valuable prize, author doing a book tour in Las Vegas at
    some swanky hotels. If you can roughly solve it without
    living in Las Vegas, and only need to make one trip, it's
    a fair contest. I'll have to order this one too.

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    What makes you say it is legitimate, with a valuable prize?

    I listened to the KNPR interview. The interviewer asked him for proof that this is not a scam or hoax. The author provided no proof. He said he gave his friend, a Nevada senator, a sealed envelope with the solution. Big deal. Nobody else has seen this prize, nor has he given any proof of its value. I can't even find a picture of this dagger on the website.

    Not showing a prize, or independantly verifying the value of a prize should always be a red flag for armchair treasure hunters, IMO.

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    I also have to wonder what connection MDC777 has to Grogan. (Remeber Sammex83?)

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    As far as my e-mail that's why I used Yahoo, there is no personal info listed.

    I believe the hunt is open to anyone. I have not seen any disclaimers. First one to find it get's the money.

    For people that do not live close to Vegas that is why I offered to scout out area's. You actually don't have to come here as you can mail in directions to the location and still win.

    It seems to me if this is a hoax the author would have a lawsuit on his hands. Also he mentioned more books in the works, not a great way to sell books if it isn't true. The website says the location of the dagger and the clues to find it are with a law firm for the integrity of the Quest and will be published 3 years from now if no one finds it. The Senator is also an attorney and I am assuming his law firm is the one mentioned above.

    In regards to the dagger itself I don't believe it is valued at $25,000. The author is giving 25 grand to whomever can find it first. Anything could be buried like the tokens I have read about with other hunts on here. The dagger is used as it is the murder weapon in the book and the killer hides it so it stays in line with the story. The finding it first is what's worth 25 grand (it does state the finder has the option to keep the dagger instead of the money... YEAH RIGHT!!!!)

    As for myself I have no connection whatsoever to the book, author or publisher. I moved out to Vegas last year from Michigan and read about the book in the paper out here. Thought it was a neat idea and bought it. I got on this forum to enlist some help and ideas as I am new to treasure hunting of any kind. Actually the code at the back of the book made me want to get some input from others. I would say from the extent of this forum and website you guys are the experts!!

    ~MDC777

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    Default as legitimate as we're going to see

    I think the glory days of armchair Treasure Hunting may be over,
    too many distractions with the internet and 100+ TV channels. So
    my 'gut' opinion on this one is just that. It just feels right: the prize is good but not ridiculous like others being offered up ; one would think the author should be able to sell a few thousand copies (at $15 each) in Vegas alone, especially if he's getting free publicity touring various Strip Hotels. I would think Vegas citizens have more interest in long shot quick $$$ endeavors, more so than a typical town, so he picked a good place to set the story and sell the book. And if he has this book available for sale in stores, on Amazon, it lends some credence to this being more than a fly-by-night situation. I appreciate your skepticism, but this modest effort seems pretty solid to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDC777 View Post
    In regards to the dagger itself I don't believe it is valued at $25,000. The author is giving 25 grand to whomever can find it first. Anything could be buried like the tokens I have read about with other hunts on here. The dagger is used as it is the murder weapon in the book and the killer hides it so it stays in line with the story. The finding it first is what's worth 25 grand (it does state the finder has the option to keep the dagger instead of the money... YEAH RIGHT!!!!)
    Where is it stated that the prize is a cash prize? The website states at least 5 times that you must find a dagger worth $25K.

    I see zero proof that the author has either a $25K dagger, or a $25K pile of cash available for this prize.

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    I agree that it specifically states the dagger is worth $25000. What gets me is there are no legal terms & conditions shown on the website, which would verify that this hunt is legit for me. I'm the kind of guy who likes to give the benefit of the doubt. I'm working Alex and the Greatest Dream, which many are still arguing the legitamcy of. At least with it, I know what the rules are. As I mentioned above, I'm not a US citizen and I don't know if I am even eligible to claim. I feel this is misleading, to advertise a hunt and a prize, but not give the rules. How many people will order this book with hopes of finding a prize, only to find they aren't eligible. Of course, I also love to be proven wrong!

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