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    I just got the companion book this afternoon. I've been through the whole thing already.

    Can someone please tell me if they have noticed a problem with Question 26, on page 59?

    "Count every F you see an in the following sentence:"

    I saw no "an" and only one F ~ sure I saw the tweleve "f"s, but that wasn't what I was asked to find. Quite honestly this concerns me about ATT. A typo or questionable directions could cost any one of us finding the solution to any or (hopefully not) all of the puzzles.

    And while I'm on a rant, Page 70, Puzzle 46 - the solution to which is place the images on top of each other (overlay). This can't be done, even ripping the page out of the book, because of the heavy ink on the back side. So, it seems logic would dictate that you would have to scan, xerox, or trace it. Am I wrong here? Sort of the same deal as the ATT puzzle on page 60. You can't solve it by just looking at it and all the other pages with little puzzle pieces.

    My issue is that both books clearly state, "No portion of this book may be reproduced mechanically, electronically or by any other means including photography without written permission of Treasure Trove, Inc." I understand copyright law and this is normal verbage; however, how would one solve these puzzles without copying them in some manner? Are we all supposed to write or email for permission?

    I, also, have to agree about the cryptoquotes - he goes into great detail explaining the way the others are solved, but not on the cryptoquotes. Having never done these before, I don't find it all that easy either. I had hoped that in "Solutions," the third use of which is explained as:

    1. The method or process of solving a problem.
    2. The answer to or disposition of a problem

    that he would have opted for the first and second, not just the second.

    OK, I'm done. I had to get this off my chest, especially since Border's
    informed me the price had gone up to $14.95 (instead of $12.95) when I went to pick it up. Good thing I noticed the sticker on the back of the book was still $12.95. They explained the publisher had raised the price and they had no choice. Well, after a little heart to heart with the customer service person - I did get it for $12.95 - very reluctantly on their part, may I add. He said, "We'll do it for you this time."
    Hey, Dude, after all that there won't be another time! Caveat Emptor!
    All the online sites I looked at still have it at the original price!

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    Fenian, I think all the concerns you raise are well-founded (although I can't vouch for the price problem). From what I've heard it sounds like the companion book was somewhat of an afterthought. I, too, hope that the issues with the companion book don't hamper our progress on the main book.
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    Default cryptoquotes are keys

    cryptoquotes are keys to deciphering certain pages of ATT.

    He says the clues are in the text, yeah if you have the key....

    The trick is mapping each of the tweleve cryptoquote keys to

    the correct page of ATT.
    IMHO

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    I posted this somewhere else but thought I would go ahead and post it here just in case someone else wanted this. I have gone through the companion book crytoquotes and made a key to each of them on an Excel sheet. I would be happy to send it to anyone who wants it. I keep looking at it hoping something will jump out...even a key word. the ONLY word I see in all of them is HALT. Of course some of them are incomplete since not all the letters of the alphabet are used in each passage..but the majority are there.

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    huddy, will you send me the excel sheet, I think it would help my theory

    hunt880au@hotmail.com

    will be happy to share anything if it fits, cant find them all you know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by feniangirl
    My issue is that both books clearly state, "No portion of this book may be reproduced mechanically, electronically or by any other means including photography without written permission of Treasure Trove, Inc." I understand copyright law and this is normal verbage; however, how would one solve these puzzles without copying them in some manner? Are we all supposed to write or email for permission?
    MS posted to the forum on the
    www.atreasurestrove.com website saying you could copy/scan for your own personal use. Posting/sending/selling copies to others would be a no-no.

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    Default puzzle 41

    Has anyone deciphered this cryptoquote yet? It appears to be a Vignere, best as I can tell, and I have not been able to get the keyword for it yet. All help appreciated .

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    Default p 41

    Shorter sentences are a little harder to do, but don't get discouraged. Do the little words first. Letters after an apostrophy are usually T or S, Remember spelling basics like, you don't usually see "ht" but "ght" is common. I hope this helps. Cryptoquotes are about the only thing I'm good at.

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    Cryptoquotes are as common as crosswords. I spent my childhood in the hospital and to keep my mind active my father (God rest his soul) taught me how to do crosswords, word searches, anagrams, cryptoquotes, etc....
    I witnessed this man reading a dictionary every day, ohhhhh how I wish he were here, he would truly be the grand master in this search. Don't give up on them, these kinds of puzzles really get our brain cells firing away.

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