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    A Treasure hunt

    The final solution will be a specific landmark somewhere in the world!
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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    Well, I got my wordlist and now I'm staring at the results, wondering what to do next.

    Alan

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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    I've been looking at that wordlist for some time as well.

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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    Looks like Tony and Alan have taken the first steps of a lengthy journey... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    I'm in much the same position. Strange list of 16 words, but no obvious way to progress from there.

    StuartR

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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    I'll get the ball rolling by giving 3 words that fit into the puzzle!

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> WORKABLE, TOWNSHIP, (RESERVED/S one of these variations!) </span hide>

    How this fits into the rest still... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>... i'm still trying to work out! Am I on the right track???

    Maybe if we publish the wordlist...we will get a better picture of where to go from there! Don't just say you have the wordlist...put it in a post. Lets get a little teamwork going here! (Else this one will also lie around for 2 years being unsolved!!) <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    <hr>Am I on the right track???<hr>
    I would say that choosing the correct 4-letter words to complete the 8-leter words is a necessary start...
    - Ricky

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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    After completing the grid of 8 letter words, the only thing I could think of next was to <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Select all letters with the same colour backgrounds</span hide> to see if I could do something with them - but nary a helpful observation came from there. I'm tempted to take each possible pair of red and blue numbers and look them up in <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">an atlas</span hide> to see if they make sense as <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">lattitude and longitude</span hide> - but it would be a lot of work and even if I found somewhere interesting it wouldn't be a proper solution.

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    Re: A Treasure hunt

    I was thinking along (all) those possible lines Stuart. It did concern me that <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">latitude/ longitude varies from 0

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    Solution on Spreadsheet

    First of all, let me re-assure you that the puzzle is completely solvable with the information provided. A little luck would be nice but certainly not necessary. It's impossible to tell who's still working on it and who's given up. But before I crawl back into my hole, I wanted to be sure the solution was available for those who wanted it...

    So with that said, the map with the big red <font color=red> <big> <big><big>X</big> </big> </big> </font color=red> is attached.

    But before you go there, I'm telling you, you just don't need it. <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Keep in mind that you are looking for a specific landmark in the world. To be that specific, there's a minimum amount of information required. Think about it...</span hide>
    - Ricky

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    Re: Solution on Spreadsheet

    I gave up and looked at the solution. I would never have got this, because I had DERANGED instead of STRANGER for the third word! I guess I could have started on the word list again, but without knowing how many superficially valid sets of 8 letter words there were...

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    Re: Solution on Spreadsheet

    I also would have failed, having STRINGER for STRANGER and TAUTNESS for WAITRESS.

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    Re: Solution on Spreadsheet

    I also had DERANGED instead of STRANGER...

    It's a pity - I always enjoy Tricky's puzzles, but this one was too farfetched for me.

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    Re: Solution on Spreadsheet

    Don't be disheartened by the responses - I enjoyed the attempt <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> but ultimately found myself <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>

    StuartR

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    Re: Solution on Spreadsheet

    Wasn't as good as it should've been. I thought having just one 4-letter word for each 8-letter word would make it a five-minute puzzle. So, I added more words to muddy the water. I didn't consider the possibility of all the alternate uses: STRINGER and TAUTNESS slipped by me, though having one or two red herrings would have been appropriate.

    Beware...Already hard at work on Treasure Hunt ver, 2

    If anyone would care for a headstart on just the correct wordlist, it's attached and should make solving the puzzle a little simpler.
    - Ricky

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