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$1 million treasure hunt hidden in pages of fairy tale

The jackpot is actually 12 jewels hidden in very public places around the United States. Think diamonds, think rubies, think the rarest, most perfect Kashmir sapphire.

A Treasure’s Trove: A Fairy Tale About Real Treasure for Parents and Children of All Ages” is the realization of the author’s 25-year-old dream to create a puzzle sandwiched between the pages of a classic, timeless fairy tale. He was inspired by 1979’s “Masquerade,” for which author Kit Williams hid a necklace made of rare gems and gold that was found in the English countryside three years later.

It’s rare, but not unheard of, for self-published works to become big successes…

But will readers ever find it? Stadther, who acknowledges that he’s not great at word puzzles, thinks so: “It’s not rocket science. It’s all in front of you.”

This week’s clue: "Hint: Tackle repositories."

The CNN article also reveals two of the treasure pieces as an “ant” has 4 1/2 carats of pave diamonds for legs and a beetle with black diamonds to encrust its head, a canary diamond for they eye and more diamonds on the insect’s belly. Then there are the moveable parts: The jaws depress and the wings open to show a 10-carat blue tanzanite with surrounding diamonds and latticework.

See also: 100 puzzles,clues,maps,tantalizing tales,and stories of real treasure by Michael Stadther


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