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Apr 30, 2008

On the Road Again

By: TP 76 Discovery, Rouge Finder Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This one was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this morning before work. Once again, I parked my bike, started my search elsewhere, and eventually found the cache right next to my parked bike. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Apr 26, 2008

Not A Through Street

By: xmts Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I haven't seen many puzzles of this type. It was an interesting challenge. Unfortunately, when I dropped by this morning, there were signs of something having been hidden at GZ, but no actual cache at GZ. I expanded my search radius and did a little CITO, but still didn't find a cache container. I 'll check with the owner to make sure I was searching the correct location.

Dirty Dozen

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I don't really enjoy traditional crossword puzzles, but this one had an interesting twist, similar to the cryptic crossword puzzles that I do enjoy. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/detai ls.aspx?tracker=TBK0A3]Mewtwo-Smiley[/url] TB, L foreign coin and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Slippery When Wet

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one probably would have been easier for me to find without the hint. A week ago, I searched the wrong coordinates, came up with nothing, decrypted the hint, still came up with nothing, and verified my coordinates... only to discover that I had been searching at the wrong coordinates. From there, I walked to the correct coordinates, but started searching immediately where I "knew" the cache was located, based on the hint that I'd already decrypted. Except that I still wasn't looking in the right location. I emailed the owner, who verified my coordinates, but pointed out that I had misinterpreted the hint. Thus, I was focusing on where it was not, and completely ignoring where it was.

This morning, my wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. After finding or DNFing all the local puzzle caches that I had solved beforehand, I still had time to come back here to grab this one. Yep... It's much easier to find when you search where the cache is, rather than where it isn't. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thanks for a very quirky, enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Behead Me Again

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I really enjoyed solving this one. I wrote a Python program that got me about 70% of the way to the solution for the first part (latitude), but then came up a bit short. But that was enough for me to find the rest of the solution via other means. This morning, I found the cache quickly. T crawburr sig token, L 0.10? coin and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun "Behead Me" pu zzles, and TFTC!

Behead Me

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I enjoyed this puzzle and its sequel. This morning, I found the cache quickly, while casually taking my wife's guide dog for a walk. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for the puzzle and TFTC!

Apr 21, 2008

Old Technology

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was in the area and found the lid of a film canister on the ground. I checked the hiding spot, but it was empty. Sorry. :-(

Apr 19, 2008

Journey to the Center of...

By: E.caballus Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I got help from the Internet for several of the linguistic equations (Puzzle 1). Those were tough! And puzzle 3 taught me about an interesting cipher. I was in the area this morning, so I dropped by to grab the cache. It was a quick find once I expanded my search radius about 12 inches. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thanks for an interesting puzzle, and TFTC!

Slippery When Wet

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one has been on one of my "nearest to" lists for a while, but I kept trying to determine the encryption method without doing any basic analysis. Sure enough, once I decided to work at it a little, I determined the encryption method quickly. (Yes, it is a rather quirky warning, but it's also a rather quirky encryption method.) I had coordinates moments later. I was in the area this morning, so I dropped by. GZ looked unlikely, but about 50' away was one of my favorite types of hide location, and the hint fit this example nicely. But after searching for half an hour or more, I hadn't found anything.

I decided to double-check my coordinates. (Fortunatel y, I had the necessary information in my Palm.) Sure enough, I had again managed to make a mistake while converting a puzzle solution into cache coordinates. Fortunately, the corrected coordinates were within walking distance of my original coordinates. And the new location fit the hint too, althoug h in a rather different way.

But after searching for another half hour or more, I still came up with nothing. I've rechecked my corrected coordinates, and I think I was looking in the right place. I'll confirm my coordinates with the cache owner before searching again.

Apr 11, 2008

Auld Lang Syne

By: Wildbun Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This has been on my "nearest to work" list for far too long, so I took a slight detour on the way home tonight to grab it. This was a great spot to slow down at the end of the day! TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me this peaceful place, and TFTC!

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