Dale Sprague's comic book, Chasing the Wish, contains a sample of his automatic writing: seemingly random words strewn about the page with numbers and mathematical symbols beneath. The online version of the comic corrected a mistake in the puzzle, changing "(3-" underneath the word "it" to "(3". The corrected puzzle contains twenty-eight word pairs that can be arranged to form a poem.
Six fingers on one hand he had — (5- 4) (2 +1) (4- 2) (3 on the other only five. +2)(6- 5) (4+ 5) With a grin, he said, (1+ 1) (3 -3) (3 "You look well, son, for someone not alive. +2) (4 -3) (2+ 7) (3- 2) (4 Quickly, lad! No time to think, +1) (4+ 2) (3 -2) (1 your mind looks scattered anyway. +1) (1 +1) (6- 5) Yours to choose; make it real! (3- 2) (1+ 1) (3 -2) Careful, now, of what you say." (4+ 1) (2 -1) (3+ 1)
Solving the twenty-four created addition and subtraction problems gives this string of numbers: 1,3,2,5,1,9,2,0,5,1,9,1,5,6,1,2,2,1,1,2,1,6,1,4. Grouping the numbers as 13 25 19 20 5 19 15 6 1 22 1 12 16 14 and translating into letters by substituting A for 1, B for 2, etc. yields the phrase "mystesofavalon". From this mystes.com was found, but it was not certain that it was in-game.
A puzzle was discovered in Sarah Wyatt's blog entry variety is the spice of dead librarians where she tells about a dream she had. Several parts of the dream seem to reference characters from classic books.
|I had been so dreadfully cold and begged someone to burn me up||The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service||Sam McGee|
|...horse-drawn coach and I was on the way to visit an aunt whose husband owned a lodging house with a Caribbean name||Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Murier||Mary Yellan|
|... I appeared to be alone, in my heart I knew eyes were trained on me, and an old rhyme about fruit came to mine... Grapefruit and lime? It wasn't right, but it was close.||Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell||Winston Smith|
|Nothing more than a child’s scrawl, really, but I was a child myself and it met with my full approval, and I knew a boy who smelled like a swimming hole had drawn it for me.||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain||Becky Thatcher|
|I could not keep my mind from straying to toy with the thought of the tortured creature in the attic... The governess with the monster in the attic||Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë||Jane Eyre|
|...but suddenly the attic changed; it was part of a monstrous house that I had inherited. We had gone to explore the house at the request of a doctor who wished to study it.||The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson||Luke Sanderson|
Taking the first letter of the last name of the characters in order gives MYSTES, reinforcing mystes.com.
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