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    Publius is offline Getting the hang of it. Copper Publius is an unknown quantity at this point
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    Ken - what prompted you to do all of this??? As we all share a love of puzzles, codes, etc., I would imagine that I am not the only one who would like to hear your story behind "The Book". For instance:

    1. When did you first consider doing this?
    2. What were the circumstances / why????
    3. How in the world can you afford to offer (potentially) so many $$$ in prizes, with no guarantee of selling enough books to cover the cost?
    4. Etc...any other info!

    Just curious...

    Publius

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    Publius,

    I wish I had some amazing story to tell you, but the boring reality is just that I have loved puzzles and codes since I was a young boy. I loved the coded messages on the backs of cereal boxes that needed deciphering, I loved passing encrypted notes to my buddies in class and I loved the Sunday crossword puzzles in the paper. I never grew out of that phase and this book gives me an excuse to keep "playing".

    I don't think it is appropriate for me to discuss personal finaces on a message board, but I will say I have been blessed with a succcessful accounting practice and have been lucky in some of my investments as well. I am not running a charity although we are donating $1.00 from every book to The American Red Cross and am hopeful that eventually book sales replace some of the funds I am mailing out to winners, but if not, the ride has been a blast! Getting the excited emails and letters from winners and listening to how they decoded my puzzles is quite a thrill for an old puzzle junkie like myself.

    I must confess that I am a bit surprised at how quickly people are solving my puzzles. I think I may have under-estimated the puzzle-solving public! I didn't think we would be giving away the house for a long-time, but at the rate some people are solving these puzzles, I am starting to think someone is going to find where I hid the keys much sooned than I expected. However, over 90% of the cash awards have still NOT been won, so we will see.

    Thanks for being interested. Sorry my story isn't more exciting, but hopefully you enjoy solving my puzzles.

    Ken

    http://www.KenThePuzzleGuy.com
    winmywpbhome.com is a book comprised of 12 puzzles. The winner will receive a home located in West Palm Beach, Florida and up to $2.5 million. There are also smaller prizes that total over $2.0 million. Good Luck to everyone.

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    Publius is offline Getting the hang of it. Copper Publius is an unknown quantity at this point
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    Thanks, Ken!

    I was just curious about the catalyst for this book, as it is easy to see that many of us are thoroughly enjoying ourselves! It simply seemed interesting to me that a "normal" person came up with this concept and actually followed it through to fruition!

    Whether or not you make the $$$ back from book sales, you can rest assured that you've given many people a great sense of fun, frustration, and ultimately, satisfaction! As a puzzler, you can understand the "a-ha!" feeling that each solution-finder experiences with your puzzles!

    Jay

    P.S. Didn't mean to pry into your personal finances...just left that question a bit more vague than intended.

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