ThinMan wrote (November 11, 1997):
> 1) 2-8-3-28-23-8 1 23-8-23-2-8-53 28-11 58-13-8 > 1-3-21-1-25-28-23-15-3 55-81-2-12-8-25-15-81-55 > > 2) 13-1-82-8 1 51-53-28-55-58-13-8-58-15-3 "5-28-2-2-55" 13-8-1-5 > > 3) 13-1-82-8 1 55-23-28-21-15-25-12 "11-53-28-51" 51-15-51-8 > 15 2-53-28-21-8 58-13-8 3-28-5-8 2-8-11-28-53-8 1-22-11-82-1-8-25, 2-81-58 15'23 55-58-81-3-21 28-25 58-13-8 3-1-58 58-13-15-25-12. 15 5-28-25'58 58-13-15-25-21 15 83-15-22-22 83-28-53-21 28-25 15-58 1-25-88 23-28-53-8, 58-13-28-81-12-13 -- 15 11-15-25-5 58-13-8 3-13-81-53-3-13 28-11 58-13-8 55-81-2-12-8-25-15-81-55 5-15-55-58-1-55-58-8-11-81-22, 15-25 1 23-15-22-5-22-88 13-81-23-28-53-28-81-55 55-28-53-58 28-11 83-1-88.
Alfvaen wrote (November 21, 1997):
> It appears that Alfvaen, noted treasure hunter, has found my treasure. > I'm not sure what the procedure for reporting this is, so I thought I'd > post this, and a copy of the map. > The map to the Puzzle Box and the Trinket of Awesome, Near-Infinite > Possibilities: > 1) Become a member of the Ackanomic Subgenius. > 2) Have a prosthetic "Dobbs" head. > 3) Have a smoking "Frop" pipe. This was all posted encoded, of course. I first tried to do it just as a cryptogram, but then I noticed that the numbers would fit in a square grid: 1 2 3 5 8 - a b c d e 1 f g h i j 2 k l m n o 5 p q r s t 8 u v w x y I still didn't know what 4) meant, but I undertook the actions specified, figuring that if someone else figured it out before I did, they'd have to strike a deal with me first. :-) (By the way, ThinMan's message said: i broke the code before alfvaen, but i'm stuck on the cat thing. i don't think i will work on it any more, though i find the church of the subgenius distasteful, in a mildly humorous sort of way. I agree on the distasteful bit, which is one reason why I didn't go to the effort of making the Ackanomic Subgenius into a Church. ) > 4) Post a public message with these two attributes: > i) The body must be an appropriate response to the questions, "Are > cats on the upgrade?" > ii) The subject must be a proper name that fits the question posed in > part i). This one took me a while; I'd decided that it must have something to do with the Subgenius thing, but I couldn't find a reference to it anywhere in the limited resources I had available(i.e. an issue of "Bob's Favourite Comics"). So today I did a web search for it, and happened across the lyrics page for Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick". Apparently the line I quoted occurs just after the beginning of Side II. (Haven't heard the album, although it is on my somewhat length list of albums to look for sometime...)Go Back