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    Default Rusful on the Loose!

    http://www.atreasurestrove.com/Publi...oose/index.cfm


    Treasure Hunters’ Delight: Rusful on the Loose!



    --Michael Stadther, Author of “A Treasure’s Trove,” Announces that a

    Fourteenth Token is Waiting to be Found--



    NEW CANAAN, CT – SEPTEMBER 17, 2005 --- Who knew?! Michael Stadther, author of A Treasure’s Trove, the fairy tale that has spawned a nationwide treasure hunt for $1 million in jewels, today announced that a fourteenth token is yet to be found! This shocking announcement was made during a reading at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. The original twelve have all been discovered.

    The token, representative of Rusful, Master of the Darklings, is redeemable for a treasure hunter’s dream: an uncut black diamond, worth thousands of dollars!

    "We are thrilled that A Treasure's Trove has had such a strong impact on people across the country,” said Michael Stadther. “Our announcement of a fourteenth jewel will surprise and delight those who may have thought that the 'hunt' was nearing an end. Now passionate treasure hunters will have the opportunity to find yet another valuable treasure.”

    In making this announcement, Stadther carefully pointed out to his readers that finding the location of the Rusful token will require using the clues released on the Web site as well as the pages of the book. The first of at least two Web-based clues was released today on www.atreasurestrove.com. All of the clues necessary to find the original 12 tokens were contained in the pages of A Treasure’s Trove.

    A Treasure’s Trove, an enchanting, classic fairy tale, written and brilliantly illustrated by Michael Stadther, was first published in November, 2004, after which it rapidly climbed onto the nation’s bestseller lists, where it remained for months. Cleverly hidden in the book’s pages are clues to finding the original 12 tokens, redeemable for 12 one-of-a kind jewels, with a combined value of over $1 million. The jewels are based on the 12 crystallized forest creatures featured in this captivating tale.

    Rusful is the fourteenth token in the national treasure hunt based on the characters in A Treasure’s Trove. The first, the Dragonfly token, was found in Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania by Jake Pultorak of Pittsburgh, PA; the second, the Snail token, in Lake Anita State Park in Iowa by Randy Pischel of Mason City, Iowa; the third, the Butterfly token, was discovered in western North Carolina by Reba Morris of Kernersville, North Carolina; the fourth, the Grasshopper token, in James Baird State Park near Poughkeepsie, New York, by Kristin Seiger and Chris Gates of Newton, New Jersey and Fred Pacolitch of Thornhurst, Pennsylvania; the fifth, the Caterpillar token, in Lake Dardanelle State Park in Arkansas, by Olivia Lancaster of Radcliff, Kentucky and Bob Burris of Russellville, Arkansas; the sixth, the Firefly token, in Foss State Park in Oklahoma by Jason Davis of Berkeley, California; the seventh, the Ladybug token, in Paintsville State Park, Kentucky by Susan Peplinski of Grant, Alabama; the eighth, the Hummingbird token, in Jackson, Wyoming by Catherine McClure of North Hollywood, California; the ninth, the Ant, in Moab, Utah by Chris Seacord of Atlanta, Georgia and Daniel Ford of Dallas, Texas; the tenth, the Bee, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico by Randall Hartwright of Plano, Texas; the eleventh, the Spider token, in Prickett’s Fort State Park in West Virginia by Tim Stone and Scott Kunze of Tucson, Arizona
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    Default Sept 17 clue

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place or was posted elsewhere--I'm a first-time poster. The URL for the new clue is:

    http://www.atreasurestrove.com/Publi...lue4/index.cfm

    It's a drawing....haven't had time to study it yet.

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    Default Requirement of Web clues to solve puzzle?

    Seems to me that there are contradictory statements on the ATT site. In the article that Hollidaze3 quotes it sounds like the web clues are required.

    But, the new Rules and Regulations state the following:

    "13. ADDITIONAL TOKENS: Sponsor may reveal the existence of additional tokens through the End Date of the treasure hunt. All existing Rules and Regulations apply in the same way as with the original 12 tokens. Solving puzzles for clues to find the additional tokens may require review of clues published on the web site www.astreasurestrove.com as well as the Book. At the time any additional token is revealed as available, Sponsor will also publish the jewel for which the token may be redeemed."

    So are we required to solve the web clues first? I think that ATT has left it unclear - maybe it will maybe it won't require the web clues. Maybe it won't require the book. Who knows!
    And now that he believed in them - he could see them. They were everywhere. Hundreds of them, some small and silly, others bright and beautiful.

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    Default Re: Requirement of Web clues to solve puzzle?

    Quote Originally Posted by balderdash
    Seems to me that there are contradictory statements on the ATT site.
    The article says: In making this announcement, Stadther carefully pointed out to his readers that finding the location of the Rusful token will require using the clues released on the Web site as well as the pages of the book.

    And the Rules and Regulations: Solving puzzles for clues to find the additional tokens may require review of clues published on the web site www.astreasurestrove.com as well as the Book.  

    So both say the same thing, you need both the book and the NBC's

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    Read between the lines.

    This is a way to sell more books.

    The book may be of minimal use to solve this puzzle.

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    I agree the the book will be of minimal use. Specifically, if a single 5x5 is used, you can say that the book was "necessary."

    This was an unplanned token, so either the links to the book are superficial and we'll see them anyway or they will be linked to the concepts the rest of us are already well aware of. (Frankly, I'd LOVE it if they explained things like the dragons and such which were never used!!)

    But that's wishful.

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    The book could easily be of high importance if it provides a ciphertext or cipher-art and the clues provide keys or instructions.

    I'm back to a six month old idea of cut and shift on the pencil drawing a la CB#100....maybe that '80' tatoo will finally mean something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrag
    I'm back to a six month old idea of cut and shift on the pencil drawing a la CB#100....maybe that '80' tatoo will finally mean something.
    Maybe that '80' means look for clues in page 80, because page 55 has already been used for hummingbird.
    With all the pages with drawings in the book why would he use one for more than one token?

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    he used the dropcap, not the drawing. Lots of pages were used "twice" for dropcaps and a poem line, or in the case of spider and snail, for both the map and the 5x5. Granted, they were for the same creature in both cases, but I don't see a reason why a page is necessarily "done" if one drawing is used but not another.

    Plus, you have to admit, there's just too much going on in that pencil drawing. Highly suspicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrag
    Plus, you have to admit, there's just too much going on in that pencil drawing.  Highly suspicious.
    I agree with you, there are a lot of things in that page.
    It has always reminded me of the puzzles of the companion book where moving pieces around goes from 5 to 4 faces.
    I tried to do something similar with the borders but with no positive results.

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