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    Wow, this forum is dead. I can only assume everyone is having problems making progress ( as I am ).

    So here is something to consider: What about the possibility of a book cipher? After all, this is all about a "book", and we know which one it is, contrary to most book ciphers.

    The object, if indeed we do have a book cipher, is where the ciphertext is located. Any ideas?

    carolinus

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinus View Post
    Wow, this forum is dead. I can only assume everyone is having problems making progress ( as I am ).

    So here is something to consider: What about the possibility of a book cipher? After all, this is all about a "book", and we know which one it is, contrary to most book ciphers.

    The object, if indeed we do have a book cipher, is where the ciphertext is located. Any ideas?

    carolinus
    I was thinking the same thing but I don't see any clues pointing to it to even know where to start.

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    One problem I can see with a book cipher is whether the author has complete control over the way the text is laid out in the book. One page out or line out or word out and the cipher is messed up. That is why I think it would be hard to make it work - perhaps in an illustrated book.

    There are a few passages which I thought slightly odd - these are the ones where several geographic locations are mentioned and what non book characters are doing in them. The author uses these to sort of say - "and around the world people worked on the puzzle - time passed", they don't serve much narrative purpose and might be worth looking at closer.

    Does anyone think the map on the website is from a real place, if so then these passing desciptions of places might be a good way to hide a clue? I looked up a few in the book - in particular Shimoda & Nineveh - but couldn't find a match.

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