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clue=nantucket harbor is closed until april.

clue=That sez it all...anyone who doesn't know the difference between Edradour and antifreeze **is**

clue=Check with somebody else to make sure but that language has to be Bulgarian.

clue=This is a guess but in the latest one (the one with no clues posted), third level comes up
repeatedly. It is also hard to follow (looks like the story could both be literal and a diversion, 
which would be the most effective form of diversion, something really happening to make the ones they are
against look at the brush fire rather than the main point)so who is the enemy in this one?  The
Pelagians, who are the ones they hate the most.  I doubt that this latest one (in 2001)is mainly
concerned with a coin, that must be a "marker" or cue (not clue, cue)for something dealing with the
Pelagians, as they also respect their intellect (think that shows up in some of the letters or whatever
they are--the Revisionists are smart or very smart but the Pelagians are the most dangerous because they
are the most deep. ) Compare those two groups with the Pigs and the Hirelings--they view them with
contempt,more like common thugs or lowlifes, everyday average scum--like something you could pick up on
the street.  So the guess and it is only a guess, this latest one deals with some movement by the most
powerful enemies, something has to be done at the third level.  The recent is so
dark, what is the building in the picture?  Is it possible to make it lighter?

hance: I admit that my scan was pretty bad, so I'll see about fixing it up. In the meantime:
  • Nomisma Histamenon - ancient coin.
  • "only drowning men" - a Leonard Cohen quote: "..when He knew for certain / only drowning men can see Him / He said 'all men will be sailors / 'til the sea shall free them'..."
  • Building in picture: Massachusetts Capital Building - featured in the last ad.
    clue=The Bulgarian is on 4 April 1988, I should have been more clear.  The non-Latin alphabet in this
    particular one is in Greek which we started in about the fifth form but can't remember much now.  It says
    something about On the water or over the water.  Someone else can help with the verb, don't recognise it. 
    Also, the coin you have marked is the same class but almost certainly not the one they mean.  The
    description probably comes from a catalogue of some type and notice it says, bronze pattern.  Check with
    one of the Germans but I think stempelglanz means brand-new or never used.  That would fit a bronze
    pattern, like a mold or a die.  The variation from the one underlined below is probably indicated by the
    A in boldface. Variations are much more valuable in byzantine or any other kind of collectible commodity.
    I still dont think this chiefly deals with the coin itself even though they probably have it.  The
    mention is more likely to be a triggering device or cue leading to a register or a setting.  The same
    could also be true of the vessel mentioned in the announcement, even though it is aooarently the case
    that it really cannot leave until the spring.  For example, I vaguely remember something about one of
    Cromwell's battles called Marston Moor.
    One of these things has a picture of Cromwell with a cypherised block of numbers under his name.  The
    more a specialist knew about the historical relationships between the various characters, the more ways
    the numbers could be cued to places, dates, battles or even things like coins.  That may not have been
    clear, the point is MOORED and that could connect to Marston because of Cromwell, who nearly emigrated to
    the Bay Colony prior to the english civil war.  People who know more about all that could see more
    connections and it could all be set in a program and these run through with a scanner.  Most
    cryptologists would not have the historical knowledge and most historians are ignorant of computerised
    technology.  The work would be worth the effort because the data base would continually expand making
    it that much harder to crack.

    From: Carlos Gonzalia
    Hi there!
    I'm still alive, though work and studies are determined to drive me insane here. 
    I just noticed the new unscheduled page, and being the unofficial greek snooper 
    thanks to the Perseus site, I felt compelled to dig the quote on it.
    "keleuson me elthein pros se epi ta hudata"
    It is from Matthew, chapter 14, verse 28, translates as "command me to come to 
    you over the waters", Peter's request to Jesus when he saw him walking on water.
    (Silly apostles thought at first Jesus was a ghost, so Jesus told them it was 
    him, and Peter replied "if it is you, command me to come over the waters too". 
    Quote looks weird if you don't know it's context I guess...)

    clue=This is is strange but the picture in May 1, 1994 of the seated man is somebody's idea of how John
    Harvard looked.  That page has things about water and the Charles river.  About 3 days ago somebody in a
    Harvard lab made light stand still.  The stories in the media said the lab was next to the Charles.  Do
    the people behind this have positive intentions and attitudes?

    clue=Regarding the Chemnitz bit near the bottom:  A "zabra" is an Israeli born Jew.
    The first latin: 
    consuetudo - accustomed to/familiar
    loci - conjugated of "to hire out"  Could be The Hirelings?
    observanda est - are watching/being watched.  So possibly something about the Hirelings being watched?
    "atzaura" I can't find anywhere.  Even a flat out search on google and altavista turn up nothing.
    The Latin footnote is something like: "If Martin had not existed/lived, Martin would scarcely have stood
    (still)/been standing.  
    Pretty low quality info at this point, I realize.  But maybe some aspect of it will help.
    name=Jessica Augustsson

    clue=Zabra could be what the lady suggested but that one is more often spelt "sabra".  Try
    "".  Perhaps it is a pun or meant to delay some of the undesirables. 

    clue=Unless I miss my guess the apex is in the North Atlantic.  Likely matches with zabra--sail around Gibraltar
    and make for the apex but we need more of this translated.

    clue=I agree that the spelling is more often "sabra" but I have in fact seen it several times with a "z".  Here's what OED
    about "sabra":
    [ad. mod. sahbrah  prickly pear.] 1. (Also with small initial.) A Jew born in Palestine, or after 1948 in Israel.  Also
    1945 Zionist Rev. 16 Nov. 8/2 Of course I was born here. No, I am not a new immigrant, not even an old one; I am a sabra. 1946
    Koestler, Thieves in Night, ii 9 They were Sabras--nicknamed after the thorny, rather tasteless fruit of the cactus, grown on
    earth, tough, hard living, scant.  Ibid ii 95 These Sabra-boys regard a glass of wine as something like opium or hashish. 1949
    ---Promise and Fulfillment 222 He is a sabra, with a pleasant open face and good physique.  1958 M.E. Spiro, Children of
    p.x, My research problem, therefore, was restricted to the relationships between kibbutz child training and sabra (one born
    raised in a kibbutz) personality. 1971 Times 28 Sept. (Israel Suppl.) p. iv/4 Only two of the 18 Ministers in Israel's
    are sabras, native Israel Jews... There is no sabra university president.  1977 Time 4 July 16/1 Begin's predecessor, Yitzhak
    Rabin, was a nonobservant Sabra who often seemed uncomfortable wearing a yarmulke and unfamiliar with the words of daily
    2. (See quots.)  1970 House & Garden Nov. 139/1 Sabra is a new liqueur from Israel...a blend of Jaffa orange and chocolate.
    Times 11 Jan 11/5 Sabra, the Israel liqueur made with bitter oranges and a very bitter Swiss chocolate.
    "Zabra" with "z" does not appear in the OED. 
    name=Jessica Augustsson
    clue=Okay, so I'm not sure if I'm way off or not, but although I could not find "atzaura" anywhere, I did find "Az-zaura" a
    place in the marketplace of Medina near the mosque.  See here:
    name=Jessica Augustsson
    clue=More on "atzaura".
    "Al-Zaura" appears to be a newspaper of some kind in Iraq.  See here:

    clue=Cybernetic seal = PGP or some other form of online encryption?
    (hance: i think more like DES, that was mentioned on another page...)

    clue=I'm suspecting zabra is a ship, the suggested web page, 
    "" does indeed list the zabra as a type of ship, or more acturately a type of sailing
    craft. Anyhow if one assumes that the "Arbella" is a ship (and we've no reason to assume otherwise) and that Coimbra
    (person/place/thing?) is also unable to provide transport, this would explain the significance of Chemnitz's providing a zabra
    being mentioned right after this entry.  Doesn't really provide any hard information, but it does reinforce the sailing
    metaphors that have been constant throughout the postings.

    clue=Saw the one from somebody about light standing still and it pulled several things together or made several thoughts
    appear at once.  There is a lot about 1 and 2 and 3 and ends on 3 whatever it is saying.  The statute of John Harvard on
    5.1.94 is sometimes called the statute of the three lies because nobody knows what he looked like and the date on the statute
    is wrong and the crest of the college is wrong.  
    The club people or whatever they are probably had 3 in mind with the statute picture or maybe they did something on level 3 or
    were telling other people something about what was coming on the 3rd level.  Another couple things come up but i'm not sure
    how to say them.  Many years ago i heard a strange story about there were too many mistakes on the statute and it was all done
    intentionally.  Part of the story made sense because anybody that ever had anything to do with the college knows it was
    founded in 1636 you hear that all the time there and the statute says 1638.  Odd screwup and the story was that it had
    something to do with the mathematical or mystical properties of 1638 and that was also connected with the third lie or
    The crest of the college is wrong or drawn wrong but you can even hear in class that it wasn't a mistake because it had a
    connection with the puritan belief in continuing illumination more light coming and god working in the new world. You would
    have to find somebody else to tell you the exact way that the crest on the statute is connected with the puritans but that
    theory is widely known.  Minority opinion but you could probably find something about on the www. The weird part or weirder
    part of the story is that i heard it late at a party from some girl that was a little stoned. She had heard it from somebody
    else that wasn't there and it pulled together the last 2 mistakes on the statute.   Never saw her again after that and had no
    way to learn more.  
    Almost makes sense because massachusetts itself was founded as a conspiracy.  The leaders fooled the king and when they sailed
    away they took the colony charter with them.  Heard once in a history class that harvard was founded first to supply
    the mininstry and at the same time to make a way to rule the new world because of all the catholics in the southern part of
    the western hemisphere. Idea was to train in esoteric knowledge and use that as a lever. The early education at the college
    for over 100 years was totally esoteric in that you couldn't study anything that most people think of as practical.  If this
    club is long-lasting then they might be following the original plan.  Still it probably makes more sense to think that some of
    them just like the statute.   

    Walpurgisnacht 05.08.01
    clue:  "Byzantine C & T. V." (5th and 6th lines of text)refers to "Byzantine Coins and Their Values" by David 
    R. Sear.  Through an amazing coincidence, this book is available from Mr. Sear's website:
    The only problem is, it costs $100.  I can't find a copy in the U of A library -- I'll continue checking in Pima 
    and Maricopa counties.

    just throwin' my quarter into the pot on
    maydaymystery... "walpurgisnacht" is the german word for the pagan holiday which eventually became mayday. 
    I'm sure our friends at the orphanage will appreciate it.

    clue:  You get the feeling that these people are right of Hitler and left of Mao.

    Dragyn: 09.09.01
    clue:  Edradour is Scotland's smallest distillery - "10 year Edradour" is Scotch Whiskey.
    near a terminal: 09.10.01
    clue:  I've been waiting for one of your other correspondents to turn in a more learned clue on this subject but nobody has 
    come forward so I'll supply the simple version.  (I have a classmate that was smarter than I am and stayed out of "public 
    service."  He made a bundle and became a Byzantine coin collector.)  So I asked him about this page and he got back to me a 
    few days later about the coin in this one.  There are only two known instances of that one: Istanbul and he thought Los 
    Angeles.  If the information is correct that gives you two exact coordinates.

    Frodo: 10.02.01
    clue:  Coimbra must be the one in Portugal because of the many references to Lisbon and Portugal through the 
    years. So it is people in a place, not somebody's name.

    near a terminal: 02.05.02
    clue:  Somebody else can explain how dumb this suggestion is but the reference to an "apex" must mean something triangular.  
    I notice that the correspondence the webmaster receives often has special paper with triangles on it.

    Malena : 03.26.02
    clue:  As I srolled down the clues I couldn´t see that anyone had identified the painting at the left. This is 
    a detail of a swedish painting, made by Carl Larsson, probably around 1900. It is a maid carrying around a jar 
    of beer. Yet another swedish reference! 

    Jessica: 04.05.02
    clue:  I'm a fan of Carl Larsson, and I don't recognize this at all.  It doesn't seem to fit with his usual 
    style. Can you tell us which one it is a detail from? If I were to classify it, I'd certainly put it at 
    around the same time, as perhaps something by one of the Skagen painters, who sometimes painted scenes of 
    people happily drinking ale, champaigne, etc.  If this is Carl Larsson, I would really like to know which one 
    it is...I'm very interested!

    Jessica: 04.23.02
    If you do a Google image search for Carl Larsson, you'll find the painting mentioned by Malena here:
    but nothing on the page identifies the painting as being by Larsson. However, if you do a "View Source" on the
    page, you'll see that the "alt" text for the image is:
    "**BIG**Christmas scene by Carl Larsson."
    So, go back and search for "Larsson Christmas" and you'll find it reproduced on a greeting card here:
    It's identified as "Julbordet," which, brief research indicates, seems to translate literally as "Christmas 
    Table." Hope this helps.

    Jessica: 07.02.02
    More on Walpurgis night, just 'cuz:
    Saint Walburga, born c. 710, , probably in the kingdom of Wessex, Eng. 
    died Feb. 25, 779 , Heidenheim, Alemannia [now in Germany]; feast day February 25 
    also called Waldburg, Walpurgis, Valborg, or Gauburge  abbess and missionary who, with her brothers Willibald of Eichstätt and
    Winebald of Heidenheim, was important in St. Boniface's organization of the Frankish church. 
    Walburga was a Benedictine at the monastery of Wimborne, Dorsetshire, when Winebald summoned her to rule the nuns at his double
    monastery of monks and nuns at Heidenheim, the only one of this type in 8th-century Germany. On his death in 761 she ruled the
    whole monastery. 
    Buried at Heidenheim, her body was later moved and interred in the Church of the Holy Cross at Eichstätt. Soon after her death,
    memory of her seems to have become confused with that of Waldborg, a pre-Christian fertility goddess. On Walpurgis Night^×the
    eve of May 1, the day on which her relics were taken to Eichstätt^×witches are believed to rendezvous with the devil in the Harz
    There is a famous Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe's Faust:  
    Still legendary throughout the Harz region, Walpurgisnacht is rooted in the pagan FrUhjahrsfest, or Spring Festival. Directly
    opposite Allhallows Eve in the seasonal cycle, it was once widely celebrated among all Germanic peoples. Whereas North America
    associates witches and sorcery with Halloween, April 30 is when things get spooky in Northern Europe. Legends tell of blue
    flames igniting above buried treasure, ladies flying on broomsticks, and the ghostly Wild Hunt pursuing the goddess Walpurga
    through snowstorms and hail. 

    Juls: 04.18.2003
     Re. Edradour - this is marked out in bold suggesting a significance beyond its context in the sentence.  The
    distillery is located at Balnould, nr Pitlochry, Perthshire Lat. 56.701458, Long. 3.701009.
    Re. Edradour - Oops, co-ordinates should be Lat. 56.701458, Long. -3.701009.

    Jessica Augustsson: 04.24.2003
    The comment attributed to me on 04.23.02 isn't actually me. Also, after checking a bit deeper, the Carl Larsson detail is from a painting entitled "Julaftonen" (Christmas Eve) rather than "Julbordet". It was painted by Larsson from 1904-1906 roughly, and was done after his oldest son died of appendicitis. Larsson was in a deep depression in this point of his life, and the happiness in his paintings at this time were a bit forced looking. Julaftonen, for example, focuses on this supposedly lavish feast (which a julbord consists of), yet there is no host (the empty chair) and no one is really celebrating.

    What this painting or Larsson's relationship to the Reformation or other May Day references (aside from the fact that both he and Gustav Adolf are Swedish) are, I haven't found yet. But if I do, I'll let you know.

    See here: or here: to find the complete picture of Julaftonen.

    Eri: 10.10.2003
    "Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset"
    I could find other allusions to this quote - which speaks of Martin Chemnitz - by searching
    but none translated into English. So I went to this latin dictionary site:
    And I *think* it means something like 
    "If Martin had not arrived [existed?], Martin would have hardly stayed"
    I have no idea what this is supposed to mean, but like I said it's a quote or saying about
    Martin Chemnitz.
    Regarding my last post to this page, the hint on this page makes it a lot more clear.
    Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset.
    - If the second Martin (Chemnitz) had not come, the first
      Martin (Luther) would not have stood.
    Refers to the influence of Martin Chemnitz on the Lutheran church.

    Kevin W. 05.04.2004
    The number appeating along the bottom of the text appears to be a small Salem number. You can read about Salem number from or A list of small Salem number including the one in this text is linked to from the page
    Alan : 10.15.2004
    The Latin footnote refers to Martin Chemnitz. 
    ""If the second Martin had not come, the first Martin would not have stood." This saying from the seventeenth century refers to
    Martin Chemnitz and Martin Luther. It means that the writings of Martin Chemnitz rescued Lutheran theology which was being
    undermined by the teachings of Calvinists and Catholics alike."
    Chemnitz is also related to Melanchthon, the Augsburg Confession guy. He was both a mathematician and theologian. That's
    also significant.  
    "Chemnitz became a student at Wittenberg where Philip Melanchthon impressed him. Although the first Martin (Luther) was
    conducting the Reformation at the time, the second Martin (Chemnitz) paid little attention to what he said. Studying math, he
    had became so wrapped up in astrology that he was little use for anything else.
    Fortunately, Melanchthon was able to steer him toward theology. Although at first Chemnitz made his living as a librarian and
    astrologer, he finally recognized the futility of astrology and turned his entire thoughts to theology, reading the works of the
    church fathers and the theologians of his own day. As a result, his keen mind became equipped to defend the Reformation
    teachings of Luther.
    He engaged in theological controversy more mildly than most theologians of the day, who jeered and called each other names.
    Martin Chemnitz tried to allow reason and Scripture to speak for him. One of his best-known books was Loci Theologici, a
    commentary on Melanchthon's theology. In it, Martin staunchly defended the doctrine of justification by faith alone, which had
    taken a beating, owing to a misunderstanding of what Lutherans meant by their teaching. In other writings, he defended Luther's
    teaching on the Lord's supper and the church's ancient teaching that Jesus is both God and man."

    Karen B 02.14.2005
    The Leitmotiv: "A grand destiny begins, a grand destiny is achieved (lit achieves itself)" It's from Corneille's
    "Rive Gauche" is a district of Paris. It's on the left bank of the Seine. 
    "consuetudo locandi observanda est" is a legal phrase meaning "the customs of the place must be observed" 
    "venienti occurrite morbo" - face misfortune as it comes. It's from Perseus's Satires. 
    Also, it might help to have a more literal translation of the Latin. Literally, it would be: "if Martin had not been,
    Martin would scarcely have stood." 

    Brian 05.20.2005
    omg, i cant believe you guys didnt realize this:
    ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. 0-7134-7740-7 is a book! i googled it and this is what i got:
    Byzantine Coins And Their Values by David Sear (ISBN 0-7134-7740-7). 2nd edition printed 1987. 
    1 volume, 526 pages, relatively few illustrations. Sparse, 34 page background information. Compared to Greek or Roman,
    Byzantine coinage appears to be fairly static with individual rulers producing relatively few coin type. Given that,
    this book does an adequate job of covering the series. Available new or used. 

    Lewis Winthorpe 05.19.2008
    Hypersaline brine diagenesis and evolution in the Dead Sea - Lake
    Lisan system (Israel)
    Water soluble salts were extracted from 57 aragonite and detrital laminae,
    sampled from the Pleistocene Lake Lisan sediments.^The solutions and solids were
    analyzed for Ca, Mg, Na, K, Sr, Cl, SO{sub 4} and bicarbonate.^Average Na/Cl,
    Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Mg/Cl, Ca/Cl, Sr/Cl, K/Cl, K/Na, and K/Mg ratios, calculated for
    seven stratigraphic elevations in the Lisan column, indicate that the Dead Sea
    rift sediment/brine system has remained practically closed for 70,000 years.^The
    soluble salts reflect both the hydrologic evolution of the lake as well as
    diagenetic processes.^Mg/Ca ratios systematically decrease in younger sediments,
    and this decline is accompanied by a 1.5-4 fold Sr enrichment in aragonite
    solubles relative to salts extracted from detrital laminae.^The major process
    responsible for these observations is dolomitization of Sr-rich aragonite by
    interstitial brine.^Diagenesis was triggered by slow desiccation of the lakes
    sediments after the Lisan waters started to recede due to a change in
    climate.^Very sharp chemical gradients, which developed in the sediments after
    deposition, have been preserved because further diagenesis was quenched by the
    advancing dry-out.^H{sub 2}O-loss by evaporation induced diffusional migration
    of Na and Cl from aragonite laminae into adjacent detrital layers.^This lowered
    the Na/Cl ratio in the aragonite and raised it in the detritus relative to the
    initial (Dead Sea) Na/Cl ratio of 0.26.^The early Lisan brine was similar in its
    chemical composition and total salinity to that of the present Dead Sea.

    Don 08.30.2008
    Hi Bryan,
    I think I have a partial slove for the announcement of 17th of January 2001.  I use 
    Dan Thomasson's solve of the logic puzzle from 4 December 1991
    (  The puzzle states that a 
    five pointed star will equal 5 almost every time. So on that at the bracket with 
    the single star I made the assumtion that they (The Orphanage)wants every fifth 
    letter counted in the following sentance. Which yields "bnut otpn al tirfuu qui"
    The next bracket has two five pointed stars equilling ten, so I counted every 
    tenth letter which yeilded "te la rit 5u"
    Next dropped out any letter that is in a bold. Giving "But optn tirfu qui la rit" 
    Then thrown through the google translator to get "But optn tirfu who laughs."
    I haven't found anything else out on this one but if I am right I am sure there 
    is more to be found here.

    Don 10.22.2008
    Comments: Bryan,
    The hidden message in the main body is found differently then in my previous message. 
    First count every fifteenth letter, space, and punctuation as indicated by the three 
    stars at the bottom of the text. Second, add in anything in the appropriate spot that 
    is underlined and in bold. Then finally throw out any letter that is in bold. Also 
    if the fifteenth letter is a space or punctuation mark use the fourteenth letter.
     I got:
    "an goet ads fiv now no tear 1041 ne 7 an 7 o rcos x Cridac morbo sley craid nhf" and 
    it thrown through the Google translator (French) I got:
    "Goeta ads now an IVF 1041 does not tear 7 an Cridac x 7 or rcos morbo sley craid nhf"
    And morbo is Latin for disease. So:
    “Goeta ads now an IVF 1041 does not tear 7 an Cridac x 7 or rcos disease sley craid nhf”
    Using my Google-fu I found one Dr. ((removed by bdh)) at the ((removed by bdh)) in Tucson Az. 
    He has a degree in Psychiatry.  Probably nothing but it is interesting that he works at the ((removed by bdh)). 
    I’m not encouraging anyone to bother him. Please do not do so needlessly.

    bdh: Sometime I'd like to buy you a drink and get an overview on your attack approach on these things, I don't even know where to begin. I typically don't remove much of anything from anybody's clues, but there have been some people known to fly off the handle in the past and do weird, pretty socially-unacceptable things. So I've ((removed by bdh))'d those above - I think this one's a coincidence - I also would not encourage anyone to go hunting that one down unless we get something more to that end.
    Gao 08.17.2010
    The date given for the histamenon (12/10/1041) is the date that Byzantine Emperor Michael IV, who was the first emperor to debase the histamenon, died and was succeeded by Michael V.  I unfortunately don't have Sear's book, but I think the "1825A" refers to a specific coin in there (each coin type is given a number for reference), so if anyone can get a hold of this book even briefly, see if you can find what coin is listed here.  I checked online, and while I can't find anyone who has 1825A, I did find 1825, which is a bronze follis rather than a gold histamenon:
    A letter after a number usually means that it's just a variation on that number.  Given the text here, it sounds like there might be a histamenon that for some reason was struck with dies for the coin I linked (thought I'd need a copy of Sear to confirm this).  This coin is indeed thought to be issued under Michael IV, so I do think I'm on the right track here.  For the meaning of what's on the coin (taken from another coin site): "The obverse legend EMANUIL (in Greek) is from Hebrew (imanuil) meaning: The God is with us. The reverse is abbreviation IC = Isus = Jesus; XC = Hristo= Christ; NIKA = Nikator = Victor, Victorious"
    Hopefully that's helpful somehow.

    Stephan 05/16/2014
    checked Stempelglanz is a german term used to describe the making of a coin.. 
    	There is "polished plate", "mirror glance" and "stamp glance" (Stempelglanz)
    sulky links