1. ## Chapter 10

Another mention of ‘KEY’ in the book, relates to Chapter 10. On page 225 it is written that chapter 10 is the key. In the story it is referring to the missing chapter 10 of a manuscript written by ‘West pegler’—(code of the west?? page 319)—

The title of chapter 10 in the book is ‘taking sides’.

As there are some numbers given in the book or could be found—I suppose ‘chapter ten’ could also act like a key. Similar to the beale cipher.

As the numbers to the beale cipher were found in a ‘locked box/case’----as from this quote from this site—

Beale Treasure

Eventually, 23 years later in 1845, Morriss’s curiosity got the better of him and working on the assumption that Beale was dead, he cracked open the locked box.

—I tried the numbers of the ‘locked case’(the mayors briefcase)102 and 119(oct 2nd and nov. 9th) to chapter 10--- and—which on page 87—curiosity never killed anyone--- they gave—

ONLY JOKE.

Coincidence?

Any other thoughts?

sixer

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Originally Posted by sixer13

Any other thoughts?

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Well you asked for it. Let me preface this by saying I still don't have the book and probably won't get it because I have no idea who would carry it up here and I'm not an online shopper. But I'll share my thoughts if you want me to.

CodeAN could mean ROT13 as A=N
Taking sides could mean you have to choose one or the other. It could also refer to the morse itself, which is mind numbing because that could potentially mean you'd be choosing from 4 groups of 3 letters. 12 letters, ouch! I'm not sure if I'm up to that kind of brute force solving. Surely the solve would be more elegant than that but you never know. Hopefully it's simpler as in you'd only have to play with initial letters. But I read somewhere else about a 3 digit lock where the characters were being moved up and down a space? My brain is melting.

I mention the morse because of what is posted on the Part 1 unsolved thread. The author of the first post has assumed that the same rule is being used throughout the code. Ie: dot-dash or whatever. What if some of the characters are encoded dot-dash and others dash-dot. You would definitely have to take a side. I reversed the code in that post and I thought it looked way more promising. It started (I'm doing this from memory cause I can't find my papers among my thousand other papers at the moment) INL?ABKWTR and then turned into gibberish. I can't remember which letter corresponds with the ?, I remember that I thought it was a V and it got me all excited, but I had made a mistake. No V in sight. But doesn't it look like "In LV a book writer"? Nothing makes sense after that, but that's what brings me to believe he's jumping back and forth with the codes.

Anyway, if I were going to jump into this, I would chart both morse possibilities, and then ROT13 each, and compare initial letters. No time right now, maybe later in the week. If you try it and you find anything, would you please let me know?

And if want me to shut up cause I haven't got the book, I can do that too...LOL

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Wow this forum is dead. I'm going to try questmystery and see if people are actually participating over there.

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Here is something about the briefcase lock I did not understand. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

Chapter 26 is called "Brief Solitude"... brief as in briefcase??

Here is a excerpt from the chaper:

"Owen recognized the Mayors designer briefcase, moving it to the backseat and sat in it's place as a dutiful passenger. As he made the transfer he noticed the briefcase tumbler locks on each latch. One number to each lock remained the same. If he continued with his foolish game, he needed to find only two numbers, one for each lock. 1-0. Simple deduction if the opportunity ever arose. What secrets to the city lay within?"

When he checked the briefcase the very first time back in chapter 20 the numbers were set at 431 and 625. If now one number is the same from each lock (from chapter 20) wouldn't he have to figure out 2 numbers from each lock not one?

At first I didn't understand the 1-0 but I think he is placing the 0 at the end of the numbers after 9 so he means 1 thru 9 and then 0. I would of said it was 0-9. Maybe he worded it this way because 1-0 is a clue, morse or binary.

Maybe I'm missing something but if the numbers he saw were 431 and 625 and the combo that opened up the briefcase is 102 and 119 how are 2 numbers the same?

5. Nothing like missing the possibility of the obvious—

Chapter 10 is the key—

1 and 0--- morse code---10

Like I mentioned in the ‘codes and keys’ thread---morse code can be applied many ways.

The author has mentioned ‘nothing is as it seems’ a few times---and yet again just recently. Looking at that phrase, it is possible that morse code is hinted at.

Nothing is as it seems

Nothing=0
Is=i’s=1’s

0, 1’s as it seems—

As could even be A’s or Ace’s or one’s.

Could it be ‘Owen’ and Ace’s’ it seems.

Or 0,1, and A’s—it seems. There could be the 3 needed to use for morse code in some way.

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The author has also said, "Everything is not what it seems."
and
"Nothing appears as it seems to be."

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