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    Hey all, but especially experienced armchair treasure hunters,

    I've been on the forum a long time, long enough, say to get a B+ in Statistics because reading Doc's posts in March proved more interesting than listening to a discussion of the problems with multicolliniearity in March. However this is my first armchair treasure hunt (definitely not my last!!!)

    I've noticed that a lot of posts go something like this:

    "Well, just got back from my search of X, and the token wasn't there. The place I was convinced it was hidden had been destroyed by a hurricane back in '32. I emailed MS and asked if he knew about that, and if I could have the token anyway."

    Stuff like that-

    In typical hunts, do people really lean on the author so much? Or is it just an artifact of ATT and the fact that MS's contact info is so readily available?

    From my personal standpoint, I would never contact the author of a puzzle like this just because my solution didn't yield the prize. I would first figure that I had done something wrong or that someone had beat me to it. Not a reason to go "crying" to the author that there is no possible way that I was wrong and something bigger happened to prevent me from getting the token.

    Ideas? Insights? Recipes?

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    In typical armchair hunts, true seekers try to acquire nasal hair that may/may not have been the author's from dumpsters that may/may not have been in the general proximity of a hotel where the author may/may not have sojourned during the creation of the stegotext so that aforementioned true seekers can parse the DNA of alleged author's nasal hair in order to derive complex mathematurgical correspondances between an ABCDBB pattern and the sequence of obscure Talmudian text's character counts divided by pi or e! to arrive at fanciful cleartext messages that may/may not lead to sudden windfalls of cash. And if they're wrong, they concoct uber-conspiracy theories or more elaborate, fanciful "true" solutions that they continue to perpetuate well after the puzzle is clearly, well, solved.


    All this while the author waltzes away enjoying the royalties and caring next to nothing about the beauty of the puzzle, the purity of the hunt or the lucidity of the solution. (Ref: Gunson, Blaine, et al.)

    In this instance, however, MS takes his cue from Williams in that the puzzle is well crafted, internally consistent, and has a positive social value. He cares, and has made himself unusually accessible through his involvement with his PR engine.


    Short answer: in this particular armchair treasure hunt, the contestants are leaning harder on the author than usual. And the author has more exposure to the mainstream public's scrutiny than usual.

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    12pm- ROTFL!!!!
    That's a great description of another fan base of which I count myself a member too. Only 38 Days, 1 hour, and 23 minutes left until July 16th!

    But seriously folks, is this sort of obsessiveness positive or negative? Or is it just a fact of life and we should get on with it?

    Cheers-
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    Edit- Somehow, I have edit privileges, so I'll take the opportunity to note that this is my 34th post. 34!!!! (don't ask... or do, if you like stories that have no meaning.)
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