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    The text is now official:

    Stephen Parrish: The Gist of It

    Obviously some of us were being too literal. I know what "Apollo's resplendent apogee" means, but where is "commence at Apollo's resplendent apogee" in the text?

    Also there are some other words that were obviously in the puzzle, like 'stones' and 'idle'. I don't see them.

    I made a few guesses of my own, specifically "the shadow cast" and "was known he multiplied". This gave me the correct text from "in Alexandria..." to the end.

    I suspected that the jack grid was important in decoding something, since the three messages given were so trivial and of no real value, so I wrote a computer program to apply those jack grid masks ( red, blue, and yellow ) and I tried it on lots and lots of texts, but I stopped short of trying it on my recovered text. Little did I know the last part was most important.

    I just tried my program, and I got

    Red: EAGUE
    Blue: THESTONES
    Yellow: HEFIELD

    Obviously "league", "the stones" and "the field"
    The missing characters at the beginnings are because I did not enter anything for that text.
    I don't know if that would have been enough to get me anywhere, but I Googled "league the stones field" and got many references to Job 5:23.

    I would really, really like to see where the rest of the text came from. Anybody know? I don't think the author is going to tell us soon, but I could be wrong.

    Here is one I got a long time ago, that no one else I know got. The author told me I was the first to get it.

    The tetragrammaton grid, aka the Greek grid, aka the parchment grid.

    It is a two stage cipher, much as the pigpen/Vigenere cipher in the book or on page one.

    First stage: The Mary Queen of Scots cipher. This is a favorite of armchair treasure hunts because it uses characters that cannot be searched online. It is also has some symbols for entire words, but they are not used here.

    Second stage: Divide the Map on page 3 into a 10 X 10 grid, remove the squares with mountains(as John did in the book) and overlay it on the text you get from the first stage.

    A lot of work for those few words.

    Anybody want to enlighten us about anything else?

    The one that bothers me most is the prime numbered squares on the parchment grid. Anyone know what they mean?


    carolinus

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    The "commence at Apollo's resplendent apogee" was a direction for culling the essay down to 400 characters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molnar View Post
    The "commence at Apollo's resplendent apogee" was a direction for culling the essay down to 400 characters.
    Thanks, I just put the author's text in my program, and, sure enough, the grid starts at "noon on the summer solstice" when the end of the text is aligned with the end of the grid.

    So that proves that not all the clues were actual text for the essay. One mystery solved.

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    Default Ah - So Close...

    I guess its time to move this one to the Completed Hunts section. At least its nice to know it was solved.

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    Congratulations to the winner and to Stephen the author. Seems like a well formed little puzzle.

    Queen of Scots cipher - good spot Carolinus.

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